The Jacksonville Jaguars are the worst team in the NFL, and it just got worse for them. Their one decent offensive weapon, wide receiver Justin Blackmon, was suspended indefinitely for violating the substance abuse policy. He missed the first four games for violating the policy.
“I want to sincerely apologize to Mr. (Shad) Khan, my teammates, my coaches and to the Jaguars fans for not utilizing the resources that I was provided to overcome my challenges,” Blackmon said in a statement released by his agent. “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.”
General Manager David Caldwell hopes Blackmon will use this time to address his personal problems. He can apply for reinstatement at the beginning of the 2014 season.
Blackmon has been in trouble numerous times, going back to his time at Oklahoma State University. In 2010, he was was pulled over in Dallas for speeding and it was reduced to underage possession charge. After the Jaguars drafted him he was arrested in Stillwater, OK after a breath test revealed his blood alcohol level was three times over the legal limit. He was placed in the NFL’s substance-abuse program after the arrest.