by Terry McCormick
April 30, 02013
Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon has been suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Blackmon, the fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft, had been arrested for DUI while in college at Oklahoma State and was arrested again last season on another driving under the influence charge.
The latest incident led the Jaguars to issue statements from GM David Caldwell and from Blackmon on the matter.
"Coach (Gus) Bradley and I have spoken with Justin, and he is well aware of our disappointment. I don’t think there is any question that Justin is embarrassed and remorseful, and Coach Bradley and I are both confident he understands the obligations ahead of him, to himself, the franchise and the fans," Caldwell said. 'We will support him throughout the process and continue to work to educate him and all of our players on making the right decisions. The Jaguars have made a lot of progress over the past three months, and we will not allow this news to slow us down.”
In his statement, Blackmon said, "I’ve made a mistake and I have no excuse. I am truly sorry and disappointed in myself for putting the Jaguars in this situation, and I look forward to putting this behind me and maturing and growing as a person. I will have a productive training camp and pre-season with my team, and during the suspension I will work hard to stay in top football shape and be ready to help the Jaguars when I return. I have chosen to be accountable for my poor decision, and I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches, the front office and Jaguars fans for the impact of my mistake on the team."
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