Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon to speak to media today following arrest on DUI complaint in Texas
Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon was arrested at 3:45 a.m. Tuesday morning in Carrollton, Texas, on a DUI complaint.
By Brandon Chatmon and John Helsley, Staff Writers •
Modified: October 27, 2010 at 1:43 pm • Published: October 26, 2010
STILLWATER - Justin Blackmon will address the media around 6 p.m. today, marking the first time the Oklahoma State receiver speaks with the media since his arrest early Tuesday morning in Carrolton, Texas. Head coach Mike Gundy will join Blackmon for the interview session after Cowboys football practice.
No announcement has been made regarding Blackmon's status for Saturday's game at Kansas State, but Gundy will likely address the issue during the media session.
Blackmon, the nation's leading receiver, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence early Tuesday morning in Carrollton, Texas. He was cited for DUI and speeding after being pulled over for going 92 mph in a 60 mph zone on northbound I-35 in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
Carrollton Police Department sergeant Derick Miller said three passengers were traveling with Blackmon in a Chevy Silverado. Blackmon and his passengers were on their way back to Oklahoma after watching the Dallas Cowboys play the New York Giants in Arlington, Texas. The three passengers were not arrested.
While Blackmonâ€™s three passengers were not identified, GoPokes.com reported Tuesday night that wideout Tracy Moore, former Cowboys player Taylor Sokolosky and cornerback Jarrod Fields were the three unidentified passengers. Moore posted to his Facebook page Monday that he was in Dallas supporting former teammate Dez Bryant.
Sokolosky posted a $375 bond for Blackmon, who was released from the Carrollton city jail at 8:06 a.m. Carrollton police spokesman Dustin Bartram said Blackmon has until Nov. 23 to contact the Carrollton municipal court about the speeding citation and the DUI (defined in Denton County, Texas, as a Class C misdemeanor). Blackmon can contest the charges or pay a $375 fine.
Miller noted that DUI laws in Texas differ from Oklahoma. If a driver is underage â€” Blackmon doesn't turn 21 until January â€” any amount of alcohol consumed results in a DUI. Field sobriety tests were conducted on the side of the road and the arresting officer determined there was a detectable amount of alcohol on Blackmon.
Cowboys coach Mike Gundy canceled media availability Tuesday, so he and Blackmon were not available for comment. OSU did issue a statement: â€œOklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon was stopped for a traffic violation last night. Details from the incident are still being gathered by the University. Neither Blackmon nor OSU coach Mike Gundy can comment until the matter is resolved.
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Nationwide DUI arrests
Here's a small sampling of various DUI arrests of college football players in 2010. (Keep in mind every DUI arrest has different surrounding circumstances and the laws and regulations vary from state to state.)
Ricky Drake, Nevada: The kicker was suspended for the first two games of 2010 and had 50 percent of his scholarship stripped.
Michael Buchanan, Illinois: The defensive lineman was suspended for two games after a Sept. 5 arrest for DUI.
Brandon Hogan, West Virginia: The cornerback was suspended indefinitely after a mid-September arrest for DUI, his second run-in with the law in five months. He missed one game and returned against LSU on Sept. 25.
Frankie Hammond Jr., Florida: Urban Meyer took the receiver's scholarship away and he was forced to pay for this semester of school. His missed the first two games of the season before returning against Tennessee on Sept. 18.
Mossis Madu, Oklahoma: The running back missed one game after a DUI arrest during the summer.
Paying the price
Here's a look at the punishment handed out by OSU coach Mike Gundy for recent brushes with the law by current players:
Victor Johnson: The Cowboys safety played but did not start in OSU's opener against Washington State after his DUI arrest last June. He was also arrested for obstructing an officer last July. Johnson spent at least two weeks during the beginning of OSU's fall camp on a stair climbing machine before returning to practice in mid-August.
Jamie Blatnick: Blatnick missed one game after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault stemming from a fight with former Cowboy Stephen Denning in August. He spent at least three weeks on a stair climbing machine during OSU's preseason practices.
Compiled by Brandon Chatmon