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Former Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon apologizes for latest suspension

by Erik Horne Modified: November 2, 2013 at 12:45 pm •  Published: November 2, 2013

 

Former Oklahoma State and current Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon released a statement Friday apologizing for his latest suspension.

It was reported Friday that Blackmon was suspended indefinitely without pay and will miss the remainder of the 2013 season after violating the NFL’s Policy and Program for Substance Abuse. Blackmon had played in just four games this season after returning from another substance-abuse related suspension that docked him the first four games of the regular season.

The complete apology can be read here. Here’s a sample:

“I want to sincerely apologize to Mr. Khan, my teammates, my coaches and to the Jaguars fans for not utilizing the resources that I was provided to overcome my challenges. I am determined to overcome the issues that have resulted in this situation, and I truly appreciate the support that the Jaguars and my agent have shown me.”

The Jaguars are winless on the season at 0-8, but Blackmon had been a bright spot in the few games he played. Blackmon caught 29 passes for 415 yards and a touchdown in four contests. It looked as if Blackmon was coming around, and our own Mike Baldwin recently wrote an excellent piece in which he talked to some of Blackmon's friends and former coaches about the star receiver's struggles.

NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal asks whether or not Blackmon will play for the Jaguars again, but John Oehser of Jaguars.com says the team will not cut ties with Blackmon. That was the main message from General Manager David Caldwell on Friday:

 “Justin needs support right now. … It’s not in our nature to just turn our back on one of our members that needs our help.”

by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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