There’s absolutely no question that Justin Blackmon is a talented wide receiver. Unfortunately for the Jacksonville Jaguars, there’s also no question that the wide receiver is as immature as they come. Blackmon has been suspended once again for violating the NFL‘s substance abuse policy. He of course was also suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season and now his latest suspension will end his year. Blackmon will be eligible to apply for reinstatement prior the beginning of the 2014 season.
At this time, details of his suspension are not available. But based on his past behavior and run-ins with the law, it’s a safe bet that alcohol is playing a factor in this latest ban. Regardless of the cause, there’s no doubt what the solution is – sobriety.
It’s time for Blackmon to undergo some serious lifestyle changes if he wants to continue is career as an NFL wide receiver. There’s certainly nothing wrong with enjoying yourself from time to time, but not everyone can handle adult beverages and things of that nature. In the case of Blackmon, his mind-altering substance card needs to be revoked. It’s time he goes straight edge.
Football now needs to become secondary in his life. His top priority should be getting his personal life in order and taking it from there. He should seek professional help and get his mind and body right before even thinking about playing football again.
Everybody deserves a second chance and there’s no doubt Blackmon has already got one of those. He’s now basically down to his last strike. Here’s to hoping he can his life in order and return to the field better than ever in 2014.