According to reports, the Jacksonville Jaguars “haven’t heard much” from suspended talent Justin Blackmon and “it doesn’t sound like it’s going in the right direction.”
The 24-year-old Blackmon has allegedly snubbed texts and calls from various Jaguars and “lost contact” with his high school coaches.
Blackmon, who served a four-week ban for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy in April 2013, was shelved indefinitely on November 1.
Jacksonville general manager Dave Caldwell recently labeled Blackmon’s situation an “absolute tragedy” and acknowledged the team has “moved on for this year.”
However, Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts and a college coach of Blackmon’s claim he’s “seeking professional help.”
Before encountering more issues, Blackmon shined on the gridiron and caught 29 balls for 415 yards and a touchdown over four games.
It’s long been evident that the native Oklahoman is a troubled kid who requires clinical assistance.
Blackmon was charged with aggravated driving under the influence two months after being selected fifth overall out of Oklahoma State in April 2012.
The skilled youngster was previously pinched in 2010 on a misdemeanor DUI complaint in Dallas, Texas.
In addition to battling booze, Blackmon had groin surgery in July 2013 and needed to be escorted off the sideline for trying to incite a brawl a month later during an exhibition contest.
Jacksonville finished 4-12 and sported the league’s most anemic attack.
When mentally and physically healthy, Blackmon is a speedster capable of spreading the field and moving the chains.
Dismissing Blackmon’s athletic abilities and feel for the position, the sick Jaguar must get better and tackle alcoholism.
Fortunately, in contrast to the thoughts of some clueless Jaguars, it sounds like Justin Blackmon is “going in the right direction.”by