Justin Blackmon, the Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver who was suspended indefinitely in November after repeated violations of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, was arrested for marijuana possession Wednesday night after a traffic stop in Edmond, Okla., NewsOn6.com is reporting.
— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) July 24, 2014
Blackmon’s troubles with the law began before he even suited up for the Jaguars. While at Oklahoma State, he was arrested on DUI charges that were later reduced to underage possession of alcohol. Then, two months after Jacksonville made him the No. 5 pick of the 2012 NFL draft, he was was arrested on aggravated DUI charges in Oklahoma “stemming from a police stop in which he had triple the legal limit of alcohol in his system. His blood-alcohol level was tested twice and he registered a .26 and .24,” the Florida Times-Union reported.
Because of that second DUI arrest, Blackmon was placed in the NFL’s drug-testing program. He had a solid rookie season for the Jaguars in 2012, with 64 catches for 865 yards and five touchdowns, but was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season for his first violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy. He returned to play in four games before he was suspended indefinitely without pay for another violation.
Blackmon reportedly was eligible for reinstatement before the 2014 season, though it’s unclear whether Blackmon or the Jaguars made any effort to begin that process. According to a Florida Times-Union story published in June, the team has had little contact with Blackmon since his suspension was announced. Jacksonville drafted wide receivers Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson in the second round of the NFL draft in May, which is perhaps a sign that it’s prepared to move on without him.