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Blackmon Apologises for Arrest During Press Conference

GM Gene Smith and Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon at the press conference

Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon today held a press conference to apologize for his recent DUI arrest.

Blackmon was apologetic during the the 18 minute press conference, attended by Blackmon, Head Coach Mike Mularkey and General Manager Gene Smith.

“I just want to let people know that’s not who I am – and that’s not who I’m going to be,” Blackmon said.

During the conference Blackmon didn’t discuss the details of the incident, due to it still being processed through courts system, but he did apologise at length to HC Gene Smith, GM Mike Mularkey, Owner Shad Kahn and the Jaguars fans and organization.

“I feel terrible, not only letting down this organization, but my family and friends back home with the selfish decision I made,” he said.

Blackmon also said how he plans to stop drinking alcohol, at least for now.

“I’m done as far as right now, I’m done with all of that,” Blackmon saidm “I can’t promise you 10 years down the road, I can tell you as of right now, what I can speak of, I’m looking forward to getting to playing football and putting this in the past,” Blackmon said, “I’m going to have to learn from it. I can’t go back and change the situation.”

Head Coach Mike Mularkey and Gene Smith both also commented on the incident during the press conference.

“As an organization, we’re very disappointed in this incident,” Smith said, “because someone who is a part of this team who doesn’t meet the expectations as they are clearly spelled out and emphasized isn’t doing what we desire. This is a serious matter and one that could have been more severe.”

Head Coach Mike Mularkey added, “Justin let a lot of people down, most importantly family, this organization and his teammates.” Mularkey said. “It’s intolerable. It hasn’t been since we’ve been here as a staff.”

Mularkey spoke more about how this could have a positive outcome for Blackmon if he so chooses. He also expressed his disappointment in the fact that the arrest happened following a team orgonized off the field talk from a guest speaker on Thursday.

Hopefully, both the team and Blackmon can now put this behind them and move onto the more serious issues of performing on the field. This is not ideal, but if it was going to happen at all it’s probably better that it happened now, early in his career (or before it began), so he can change his ways and move forward as a professional. Only time will tell but hopefully Blackmon’s apologies in this press conference were sincere and he has infact learnt from his mistake.

You can watch the press conference here at the Florida Times Union’s website



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