Justin Blackmon, the 24-year-old wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars who was suspended indefinitely without pay by the NFL on November 1, 2013 for his third violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy over the previous 18 months leading up to that November suspension, was arrested on the evening of July 23 in Edmond, Oklahoma, “on a complaint of marijuana possession,” according to Yahoo! Sports. Police in Edmond were prompted to pull Blackmon’s sedan over for a traffic stop yesterday when they saw him drive around other vehicles that were stopped in the road for a red light as he attempted to maneuver into a turn lane.
After police pulled Blackmon over, one of the officers on the scene detected the ''heavy smell of marijuana'' in Blackmon’s vehicle, according to police spokeswoman Jenny Monroe. Blackmon confessed to the officer that he had just smoked ''a blunt'' while operating his vehicle. Blackmon also confessed to having another blunt available in his car.
Police arrested the All-American wide receiver from Oklahoma State and transported him to the Edmond Jail. Blackmon was released after posting a $657 bond.
Back in November, the Jaguars went on record as saying that after his suspension, management was hoping that Blackmon would get the help he needed to overcome his substance abuse issues. Blackmon was the Jaguars’ first-round draft pick of the Jaguars out of Oklahoma State in 2012, according to USA Today; and the team hasn’t been in any rush to terminate him from his position permanently. But following his latest arrest, the Jaguars’ conversations as to Blackmon’s future with the team will be revisited. Just today, Jaguars’ coach Gus Bradley said: ''I know our policy right now, I believe, is it's not putting us in a difficult situation having him still be part of our organization in this capacity.''
''It's really hard by not having conversations with him. I really don't know how he's doing, where he's at. And then when we receive news like this, it creates more discussion. So I'm sure those will be conversation we'll have (about) the direction we'll go.''
In addition to his charge of marijuana possession, Blackmon was also cited for a traffic violation. For more on Blackman’s woes off the gridiron, see the video accompanying this article.