Justin Blackmon Sentenced for DUI: Latest Details and Comments

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistAugust 24, 2016

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2013 file photo, Jacksonville Jaguars' wide receiver Justin Blackmon speaks to the media during a press conference at the Pennyhill Park Hotel and Spa in Bagshot, England. The suspended Jaguars receiver pleaded guilty Wednesday, April 27, 2016, to a charge of driving under the influence in Oklahoma. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)
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Suspended Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor DUI charge in April, was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and one year of supervision by a district attorney on Wednesday, according to Action News Jax's Brittney Donovan.

According to the Oklahoman's Kyle Fredrickson, Blackmon was also ordered to pay $1,000 in fines as part of his sentencing. 

The Tulsa World's Mark Cooper relayed a photo of Blackmon's court appearance:

Mark Cooper @mark_cooperjr

Justin Blackmon arrives at the Carter County District Court in Ardmore for his 2 p.m. sentencing. #okstate https://t.co/EKK6Vbyfqy

Fredrickson, who also snapped a picture of Blackmon on Wednesday, took note of the troubled wideout's physique: 

Kyle Fredrickson @kylefredrickson

Blackmon appeared in court alongside his father. Was upbeat and appeared in shape. https://t.co/hKDSoFTT1Z

Blackmon was arrested on Dec. 21 after police officers pulled him over and smelled alcohol coming from his car, per ESPN.com, and he proceeded to fail "a preliminary breath test" administered by the authorities. 

The incident represented the continuation of an unfortunate trend for Blackmon, who was selected fifth overall by the Jaguars in the 2012 draft. 

The 26-year-old was arrested on DUI charges in 2010 and 2012, and his troubles continued when he failed numerous drug tests after he was entered into the NFL's substance abuse program. 

As a result of the failed tests, Blackmon appeared in just four games during the 2013 season before he was suspended for the entire 2014 campaign. 

In May 2015, the Associated Press' Mark Long (via 1010 XL's Mike Dempsey) reported that Blackmon's application for reinstatement was denied by the league office.

The former Oklahoma State standout produced a stellar rookie campaign to the tune of 64 catches for 865 yards and five touchdowns over the course of 16 games, but his career came to a screeching halt the following year due to the failed drug tests. 

And considering Blackmon has struggled to stay out of trouble since then, his NFL prospects appear bleakat bestmoving forward.


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