Former OSU Star Suspended Indefinitely By NFL
Former Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon has been suspended indefinitely by the National Football League for another violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.
Blackmon was suspended for the first four games of this season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
He will be eligible to apply for reinstatement prior to the start of next season.
Blackmon issued a statement to NBC Sports’ ProFootballTalk.com which read as follows:
“I want to sincerely apologize to Mr. Khan, my teammates, my coaches and to the Jaguars fans for not utilizing the resources that I was provided to overcome my challenges.”
“I am determined to overcome the issues that have resulted in this situation, and I truly appreciate the support that the Jaguars and my agent have shown me.
“I will address these matters with the type of intensity I usually direct toward my on-field play so that I can be ready to be a productive member of the team and community next season.
Again, I am truly sorry to Mr. Khan, my teammates and coaches and to the Jaguars fans for the impact of my situation on the team as well as to my family and friends and those that have been there for me during these challenging times.
Nobody is more disappointed with all of this than me.”
Blackmon played in four games this season for the Jaguars, catching 29 passes for 414 yards and a touchdown.
Last season as a rookie, Blackmon caught 64 passes for 865 yards and five touchdowns.
“All of us who are a part of the Jaguars family care very deeply about Justin and his well-being,” Jacksonville general manager David Caldwell said in a statement issued by the team.
“That said, he must be held accountable and accept the consequences announced today by the NFL.
“His suspension will provide him the opportunity to receive the attention and professional treatment necessary to overcome his challenges, and we will support him during this time.
The Jacksonville Jaguars will evaluate Justin’s status once he has successfully met the criteria to be considered for reinstatement to the league.”
This is the latest in a growing list of incidents for Blackmon.
He was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of DUI in Texas in 2010, and shortly after being drafted by Jacksonville in 2012, he was arrested in Stillwater, after a breathalyzer test allegedly showed a blood alcohol level of nearly three times the legal limit.
The suspension means Blackmon will lose almost $1 million in base salary for this season, plus more than a million in signing bonus money for the year.