LAWRENCE, Kan. â€” Justin Blackmon keeps catching passes and turning heads and breaking records and grabbing headlines and humbling defenders and making highlights.
But there's one thing Oklahoma State's superstar receiver isn't doing.
Since an Oct. 27 news conference that followed the day after his arrest on a DUI complaint, Blackmon hasn't been allowed to talk to the media. The team has a rule â€” if you have a run-in with the law, you can't speak on behalf of the program.
He didn't talk to reporters after making 13 catches against Baylor. He didn't after a highlight-worthy 67-yard touchdown at Texas. And he isn't expected to be made available to reporters after today's likely lambasting of Kansas.
It stinks that Blackmon has been banned from talking to the media. He's having a season for the ages. He's doing amazing things every time he steps onto the field. It'd be great to hear from him.
But you know what? I get it.
Not allowing a guy who's been arrested to be one of your team's spokesmen is sound policy.
â€œYou have to have some kind of discipline,â€ defensive back Andrew McGee said. â€œIf you break the rules, regardless of who you are ... â€
He raised a knowing eyebrow.
Everyone understands the score â€” Blackmon is an amazing player, a key cog in this Cowboy offense, a budding national star â€” and it would've been easy for the coaches to bend the policies for him.
That they didn't speaks volumes.
â€œTo see him get in trouble, it was like, â€˜Gawd, we can all get in trouble,'â€ Cowboy quarterback Brandon Weeden said. â€œI think it was more of a wake-up call than anything.â€