Jacksonville Jaguars Owner Still Hasn't Given Up On Blackmon
Justin Blackmon has the support of the Jacksonville Jaguars after another incident off the field.
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Owner Shad Khan cleared up any rumors that the Jags intend on letting the former Oklahoma State standout go even after his arrest on Wednesday in the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond. There was a complaint of marijuana possession, which led to the investigation and eventual arrest of Blackmon. Police said they noticed his sedan maneuver around traffic that was stopped in an attempt to move into the turn lane.
''We want to keep him as a player,'' Khan said following a charity kickoff luncheon at EverBank Stadium. ''He's not part of the team, obviously. But I think it's very important for him to get the help. I think that's the most important thing. ... I think it's good for him and good for us. We want him to get the help and really beat this.''
Police spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said an officer detected a ''heavy smell of marijuana'' coming from the 2007 Chrysler Blackmon was driving, and that Blackmon admitted he had smoked ''a blunt'' while driving and had another in his vehicle.
Blackmon was arrested and booked into the Edmond jail, where he posted $657 bond Thursday morning.
''It's unfortunate news,'' Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said. ''We have not had much contact with him. Right now, all I can say is I'm just praying that he can get the help that he needs.''
Blackmon was suspended without pay indefinitely last November for repeated violations of the NFL's substance-abuse policy. The Jaguars have been reluctant to cut the fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft.
Being suspended indefinitely essentially pauses an NFL player's contract, so Blackmon still owes the Jaguars two and a half years of service if he gets reinstated.
''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,'' Bradley said. ''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.''
NFL teams are prohibited from having contact with players that are on suspension except via text messages, but his current teammates voiced concern for him after being interviewed about the incident on Wednesday.
''It's just a difficult situation,'' quarterback Chad Henne said. ''It's kind of ongoing. All we can do is pray that he finds a way to get on the right track and save his life.''
Added linebacker Paul Posluszny: ''This is no longer a football issue. As his teammates, you hope he can do everything he can to get his life squared away. We feel for him and we obviously want the best for him because he's a good kid at heart. We want the best for him. We hope that he can come out of this."
''We knew he needed help,'' Khan said. ''I know there are great resources the league has. We want him to get help. Hopefully he'll be doing that.''
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Blackmon caught 29 passes for 415 yards and a touchdown in the four games he played last season. He was the team's leading receiver during that stretch.