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Justin Blackmon will avoid jail time after his attorney entered a guilty plea to drunken driving for the rookie wide receiver during a hearing Tuesday. Blackmon was ordered to pay a $500 fine and will have to complete 50 hours of community service. Judge Michael Stano imposed a deferred sentence of one year, meaning Blackmon could face jail time if he fails to complete the terms of his sentence in that time.
Police arrested Blackmon at a traffic stop in Stillwater, Okla. A breath test showed that he was driving with a blood-alcohol content three times the legal limit.
Blackmon was drafted No. 5 overall in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars this past April. He remains unsigned, in part because of his DUI arrest in June. So far, no Top 10 pick has had offset language included in his contract. Blackmon could be the first if the Jags feel they need to protect themselves due to the wideout's legal troubles.
Back in early June, Jacksonville Jaguars first-round pick Justin Blackmon was arrested for an aggravated DUI in Stillwater, Okla., early one morning. This was Blackmon's second DUI offense in the past two years, the first coming while he was still at Oklahoma State, but according to Tania Ganguli of The Florida Times-Union, the DUI arrest is affecting contract negotiations.
This collective bargaining agreement gives the Jaguars a little more freedom to protect themselves in case of future off-the-field problems.
Offset language gives a team relief if they release a player with a guaranteed contract and he signs with another team. Without the offset language, the player can double-dip. With offset language, the player's old team would be off the hook for the amount the new team pays him.
I spoke with someone familiar with the negotiations who wasn't sure Blackmon's deal would get done by the start of training camp. He and third-round punter Bryan Anger are still unsigned.
While Blackmon's agent is doing his job in trying to get the best deal for his client, there is no way the Jaguars cannot put those types of provisions in the deal to cover themselves in case Blackmon has another run-in with alcohol or anything else.
Blackmon is set to appear in court on July 24 for a hearing on his DUI.
Jacksonville Jaguars 1st-round pick Justin Blackmon was arrested a few weeks ago and charged with aggravated DUI in Stillwater, Okla., after allegedly blowing .24 on the breathalyzer. This led to wondering just how intoxicated the 210-pound wide receiver was that night, because blowing a .24, which is three times the legal limit, means you have quite a bit of alcohol in your system.
Well, we now get to see just how drunk and surprisingly lucid Blackmon was on that night, as First Coast News in Jacksonville, Fla. has obtained a copy of Blackmon's booking video.
As you can see, Blackmon was asked by the officer if he was drinking beer or liquor and responds with, "I'm literally not a drinker." Blackmon then admits he was drinking that night, so I guess it wasn't all that literal.
Blackmon also says, "This is the first time I've been here... in Stillwater," which is pretty absurd given he played his college football at Oklahoma State... which is in Stillwater, Okla.
It's obvious Blackmon was drunk, but the question that will come up in July when he heads to court will be just how drunk. From the video, he certainly seems pretty lucid for someone that's three times the legal limit, but then again he doesn't seem to remember being in Stillwater before.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon spoke with the media on Wednesday, the first time he's talked publicly since getting hit with a DUI early on Sunday morning, and expressed regret for putting himself in a bad situation.
Though the NFL has yet to make a decision on his punishment, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that a fine, and not a suspension, is the likely outcome.
Blackmon was arrested for DUI while at Oklahoma State so there is some history there but this is his first incident as an NFL player. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell does have some leeway on the punishment he hands out but history suggests a suspension won't be included.
It was time for Justin Blackmon to face the music on his DUI. No, not the court system, but the Jaguars community. Blackmon spoke for the first time since he was arrested for DUI at a Wednesday press conference. He was joined by GM Gene Smith and head coach Mike Mularkey.
Everyone involved, including Blackmon, expressed regret about the situation.
Blackmon: "Words are words. My actions will have to show." #Jaguars— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) June 6, 2012
Blackmon says he's putting more pressure on himself to "make this right" and get out of this situation. #Jaguars— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) June 6, 2012
Blackmon said that he is "done" drinking, at least for the time being. The Jaguars said Blackmon's situation reminds them of the need for in depth research on players before drafting them. Mularkey said that 89 Jags players did well last weekend and one of them is casting a negative light on everyone.
When asked about Blackmon's contract situation, Smith acknowledged that the DUI could have an impact on negotiations. The NFL now has a rookie wage scale but the Jaguars could limit the amount of guaranteed money given the situation.
As for the chances of a suspension or other action, Smith said that it's now a league matter and they will decide what happens next.
Sadly, it isn't unusual to hear about a professional athlete earning a DUI. But are these athletes better or worse about drunk driving than we are?
It's been more than two days since Justin Blackmon was pulled over for driving under the influence early Sunday morning, and neither the Jaguars nor Blackmon have said anything about the arrest. According to the AP's Mark Long, the Jaguars will hold a press conference on Wednesday afternoon relating to Blackmon's arrest, his second in the last two years.
Jaguars GM Gene Smith and head coach Mike Mularkey will be on hand. Though the Jags haven't been quoted on the record, an unnamed source told the Sports Xchange that Blackmon needs to "take ownership" of the situation, which could land him a fine and possibly even a suspension from the NFL.
Blackmon has yet to sign his rookie contract, which only complicates matters. The Jaguars reportedly plan to lower or defer some of his guaranteed money. The contract may not be signed in the near future depending on how that negotiation plays out.
The Jacksonville Jaguars intend to make Justin Blackmon take full responsibility for his arrest early this past Sunday morning, according to a team official. The rookie wide receiver was charged with an aggravated DUI after blowing a .24 BAC on a police breathalyzer. The Jags, weary with constant wide receiver troubles over the years, will meet with Blackmon later this week to make sure he starts his career on solid ground.
"It's (look in the) mirror time," the official said. "He's going to have to 'fess up,' take ownership of the situation, and lay out a course for dealing with this thing head-on."
It'd be one thing if this was Blackmon's first offense. He was arrested on DUI charges in 2010 as a sophomore at Oklahoma State. Though the offense was reduced to beer possession, the Jags are still exercising as much caution as they can to protect their investment.
Blackmon is facing a potential suspension from the NFL, and may have cost himself a fair bit of money as he has yet to sign a rookie contract with the Jaguars.
Justin Blackmon was arrested for aggravated DUI over the weekend, and it's commonly been referred to as his second DUI charge. But technically, this is Blackmon's first DUI charge, which means he won't be charged with a felony. Blackmon is facing a misdemeanor DUI charge -- to which he pled not guilty -- because his first DUI arrest in 2010 was knocked down to minor in possession of beer.
This time around, Blackmon won't be getting a plea deal with lesser charges, as Vino Stellino of the Florida Times-Union reported on Twitter:
Just talked to DA in Oklahoma. Sez Blackmon pleads guilty to DUI or they go to trial. They won't plea bargain down to reckless driving— Vito Stellino(@vitostellino) June 4, 2012
Stellino added in a later tweet that first-time offenders, which Blackmon is under the law, usually do not get jail time. However, the judge in Blackmon's case does have the option to sentence Blackmon to jail time if he is convicted.
Justin Blackmon's DUI came at a bad time (as if there's ever a good time for one). He hasn't yet signed his rookie contract from the Jacksonville Jaguars and it's being reported that the Jaguars will now be taking his DUI into account when putting his contract together.
Sounds like the Jaguars can and will give first-round pick Justin Blackmon a smaller and deferred signing bonus, less guaranteed money.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 4, 2012
The new rookie wage scale leaves little room for negotiations so this will be an interesting case to see how the Jaguars handle his contract.
If the Jaguars do give him less guaranteed money, it makes sense. Blackmon's DUI has put him at a higher level of risk to be suspended by the NFL. That means the Jaguars are assuming a higher level of risk by signing him so it's only fair that Blackmon's contract reflect that. It'll be interesting to see how Blackmon's camp responds if they don't agree with that (which I'm sure they won't).
The Jacksonville Jaguars haven't said much of anything after their 1st round pick Justin Blackmon was arrested for aggravated DUI after being pulled over on Sunday morning with a .24 BAC. Blackmon was in Oklahoma at the time of the arrest but he's on his way back to Jacksonville to meet with the Jaguars, according to 47 Action News.
I spoke with the Jaguars Monday afternoon. They tell me that Blackmon is on his way to Jacksonville and will meet with general manager Gene Smith and head coach Mike Mularkey. The Jaguars say that once they talk with Blackmon in person they will be able to comment on his arrest.
This is the second DUI in the last two years for Blackmon. Because of the prior history this has to concern the Jaguars, who undoubtedly researched Blackmon's past before trading up for him in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Blackmon pleaded not guilty at a Monday court hearing. His next court date comes in late July, shortly before the Jags training camp starts.
Justin Blackmon pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor aggravated DUI charge Monday after being arrested early Sunday morning. He reportedly blew a .24 BAC on a breathalyzer test administered by police. Blackmon's hearing is set for July 24, just three days before the start of training camp for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Blackmon pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor aggravated DUI. Hearing set for July 24 at 10:30 am, three days before 1st training camp practice— Vito Stellino(@vitostellino) June 4, 2012
It has been reported that Blackmon is unlikely to face jail time. The wide receiver has yet to sign a rookie contract after being taken with the fifth overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft. The Jags may leverage the arrest into less guaranteed money than Blackmon would have earned otherwise. Blackmon was arrested for another DUI in 2010 as a sophomore at Oklahoma State.
Jacksonville Jaguars 1st-round pick Justin Blackmon was arrested for a DUI early Sunday morning after allegedly blowing a .24 BAC on his breathalyzer test. Blackmon was released on a $1,000 bond and will meet with a Payne County judge on Monday at 1:30 p.m. ET for arraignment. While Blackmon's legal punishment and potential league punishment are yet to be decided, the incident will undoubtedly hurt his contract negotiations.
ESPN's Adam Schefter on Justin Blackmon's rookie deal: "You can look for language that protects the Jaguars as one of the biggest fallouts."— Evan Silva (@evansilva) June 4, 2012
Blackmon has not yet signed his rookie contract, but it was expected to be somewhere in the range of $20 million. With his recent arrest, as Schefter notes, one could expect him to sign with a lower guaranteed money figure than most would expect. The Jaguars will also likely include clauses in the deal involving alcohol and off-field transgressions, which would force Blackmon to pay back guaranteed money.
Getting arrested on an aggravated DUI charge is probably only the tip of the iceberg for Justin Blackmon in the next few weeks. And with Roger Goodell still running the NFL's discipline, it's no shock that Blackmon, who has yet to sign his contract with the Jaguars, is subject to discipline from the league.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told NFL.com on Sunday that Blackmon is eligible to be punished under the league's drug and personal conduct policies. Those policies, and Goodell's enforcement of them, has meant that a number of players have missed time on the field for off-the-field and after-hours transgressions. Blackmon being subject to these policies is likely bad news for the receiver, who blew a .24, three times the legal limit, after submitting to a Breathalyzer on Sunday morning.
Also, it was probably not a good idea for Blackmon to have done something that gets this sentence published on NFL.com:
We did some digging and were unable to find an NFL player in the past five years who approached Blackmon's .24 on a DUI arrest.
Justin Blackmon had three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system when he was arrested early Sunday morning on an aggravated DUI charge. The Jaguars wide receiver agreed to take a breathalyzer test and blew a .24. The legal limit is .08.
Blackmon was reportedly pulled over for driving 60 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone, and driving left of the center line.
So, what does a .24 mean? Well, it means that Blackmon was very, very drunk. Just ask Wikipedia:
BAC (% by vol.)
* Loss of understanding
* Impaired sensations
* Severe motor impairment
* Loss of consciousness
* Memory blackout
This is, quite obviously, no condition to be anywhere near a car. In fact, .27 is considered "death possible" on the BAC card at Be Responsible About Drinking's site, brad21.org.
"He was unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred, and his eyes were glassy and blood shot,'' Stillwater police spokesman Capt. Randy Dickerson said in a statement. "He admitted to consuming alcohol prior to driving.''
Two weeks ago Amy K. Nelson sat down with Blackmon at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere event in Los Angeles. They spoke about what it meant to Blackmon to be drafted by Jacksonville, what he was doing to keep busy and what he anticipated in the transition from college to the pros.
Justin Blackmon posted bond and has been released from jail, according to the Payne County Sheriff's Office online records. Blackmon, the fifth pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, was arrested for aggravated DUI early Sunday morning in Stillwater, Okla.
The bond was $1,000, Payne County Sheriff Sgt. Brandon Ingham told ESPN.com. A Monday arraignment was scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET. Reached for comment, the Jaguars offered this to our Jaguars blog, Big Cat Country:
We are aware of the report and are continuing to gather information. We have no further comment at this time.
Justin Blackmon was arrested early Sunday morning for aggravated DUI in Stillwater, Okla. The next question for football fans is whether the NFL and/or the Jaguars can or will discipline the rookie wide receiver.
For Blackmon, this is his second alcohol-related offense. He was arrested in 2010 for DUI when he was a sophomore at Oklahoma State University. Since then, Blackmon was selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. It's an interesting spot: Blackmon has participated in offseason activities with Jacksonville, but he has still not signed a contract with the Jaguars.
I wouldn't be opposed [to a suspension] since it's his second offense and he obviously didn't learn from the first one, but the problem is under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, I'm not sure the team is allowed to. Section 6 of Article 42 states that teams are not allowed to punish players for violating the league's substance abuse program.
Get the complete explanation at Big Cat Country: Justin Blackmon DUI: New CBA Restricts Team Discipline.
We'll probably have to wait to see what the league and team will say. Blackmon is still in custody, and a police report likely won't be available until Monday, according to The Oklahoman.
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