Justin Blackmon’s actions warrant suspension
Justin Blackmon deserves to be suspended.
The crime: stupidity.
The Oklahoma State star receiver was arrested on a DUI complaint early Tuesday morning in Carrollton, Texas. He was stopped in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb at 3:45 a.m. because he was going 92 mph in a 60-mph zone, then he was arrested after an officer determined there was a detectable amount of alcohol on Blackmon.
By Texas law, anyone under 21 years old with any detectable amount of alcohol in their system while driving is considered to be driving under the influence.
Blackmon turns 21 in January.
We may never know how much alcohol Blackmon had in his system, but even if it was a very minor amount, he should be suspended by Cowboy coaches because drinking before he got behind the wheel is only one of the dumb things he did. Driving 32 mph over the speed limit is dumb. Being out at 3:45 a.m. is dumb. Being hundreds of miles from campus on a school night is dumb.
Isn’t this guy supposed to be a team leader?
Listen, I’m all for letting college athletes have a life. If Blackmon and a couple buddies wanted to go to Dallas for the Monday Night Football game, so be it. But that game got over before midnight — though any Dallas Cowboys fan would tell you that it was over long before that — and heck, even if Blackmon and Co. were there as guests of former teammate Dez Bryant, they could’ve gone to the locker room to see him, hung out a bit and still been on their way well before 3:45 a.m.
As it was, they weren’t going to be back in Stillwater until almost 7 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Maybe that’s why Blackmon was driving so fast.
All kidding aside, this was a supremely stupid thing for Blackmon to do. My gut says that he isn’t a kid who’s a dummy — he has transformed himself from just another receiver into the best in the college game, and that takes some mental fortitude — but what he did early Tuesday morning was dumb, dumb, dumb.
Being forced to stay home while his teammates go to Kansas State this weekend might be the way to remind him of that and of the importance of using his head from here on.
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