Justin Blackmon, the 23-year-old wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars was suspended indefinitely without pay by the NFL on Nov. 1 for his third violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy in the last 18 months.
And now the Jaguars are hoping their wide receiver will get the help he needs.
After having been suspended from playing the first four games of this season for substance abuse, Fox Sports quoted a statement released by the Jags’ general manager, Dave Caldwell:
''All of us who are a part of the Jaguars family care very deeply about Justin and his well-being.
''That said, he must be held accountable and accept the consequences announced today by the NFL.
''His suspension will provide him the opportunity to receive the attention and professional treatment necessary to overcome his challenges, and we will support him during this time. The Jacksonville Jaguars will evaluate Justin's status once he has successfully met the criteria to be considered for reinstatement to the league.''
With his suspension effective Nov. 1, Blackmon won’t be eligible to play for the NFL again until the beginning of next year’s season; and he’ll have to apply to the league for reinstatement.
Blackmon’s personal life has been in downward spiral over the last several years, beginning with a DUI in 2010 and another DUI only after a month after being drafted by the Jags in 2012.
Blackmon received a four-game suspension by the NFL On April 20, 2013 for a similar violation of the NFL’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
Recognized twice as an All-American, Justin Blackmon played football in college for the Oklahoma State University Cowboys and was considered the best wide receiver in his class.
We all hope for a complete and successful recovery for Justin Blackmon.
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