Suspended Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon isn’t headed to jail … yet.
Appearing before a judge in Ardmore, Okla., Wednesday, Blackmon’s sentencing was continued to Aug. 24, pending completion of court-ordered alcohol abuse classes.
The sentencing stemmed from Blackmon’s arrest last December 21 on suspicion of driving under the influence. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DUI on April 28. Per the Oklahoman newspaper, Blackmon told the court he is living in Dallas and travels to Oklahoma twice a week for alcohol abuse classes.
The fifth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Blackmon hasn’t played in a game since being indefinitely suspended Nov. 1, 2013, for another violation of the league’s substance abuse program.
The Jaguars have kept Blackmon under contract because they don’t have to pay him. Even if they did release him, a league source said last August, the Jaguars could still try and recoup some of Blackmon’s signing bonus (if any of it was left).
The Jaguars are prohibited from communicating with Blackmon during the suspension and have unofficially moved on from him several times, including the 2014 draft (second-round picks Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson) and general manager Dave Caldwell’s opinion last August that maybe Blackmon didn’t want to play football.
Blackmon has been challenging the law since his sophomore season at Oklahoma State (2010).
October 2010: Blackmon was arrested for DUI in Carrolton, Texas, after initially being pulled over for allegedly driving 92 mph in a 60-mph zone (with three passengers in the car). He was suspended for one game. The DUI charge was a fine-only offense.
June 2012: Shortly after being drafted by the Jaguars, Blackmon was arrested for drunken driving (his breath test of 0.24 was three times the Oklahoma legal limit) and pleaded guilty to avoid a possible jail term by doing community service.
July 2014: Blackmon was suspended for the opening four games of 2013 and his indefinite suspension began five days after the Jaguars lost to San Francisco in London. But he stayed out of legal trouble for nearly two years, until his arrest for marijuana possession. He pleaded no contest, and the charge was dropped to a misdemeanor after he didn’t commit a crime for sixth months.
December 2015: Blackmon was pulled over at 2:46 a.m. for a faulty brake light. The officer smelled alcohol coming from the car and asked Blackmon to take multiple sobriety tests, which he failed.
In 20 games for the Jaguars, Blackmon had 93 catches for 1,280 yards and six touchdowns.