Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon found his way into trouble once again but this time it occurred on the field. For a young receiver who has battled off-the-field issues in the past and will start the season with a four game suspension for the violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
AP Writer Mark Long first reported the incident involving Blackmon that eventually resulted in Blackmon being escorted into the locker room. Blackmon was on the sidelines yelling back and forth with Miami Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll despite the fact that Blackmon wasn’t even playing Friday night.
The Blackmon-Carroll verbal feud was so severe that Jaguars defensive end Jason Babin got involved and that is where things escalated according to Long.
Story I got: Blackmon & Carroll jawing. Babin tells Blackmon to pipe down since he's suspended 4 games. Blackmon turns on Babin. #Jaguars
— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) August 10, 2013
Jaguars coach Gus Bradley had to get involved and separated Blackmon from the scene and had running back Maurice Jones-Drew escort Blackmon off the field and into the locker room to help him calm down and defuse the situation.
Things settled down after halftime and Blackmon was allowed to return to the field and was seen on the sidelines reconciling with Bradley. Bradley and Blackmon met after the game to discuss the incident but only Bradley was available for comment after the game. Bradley said in the post-game press conference “Sometimes a player talks to the sideline. It started off as just banter and I just addressed it”.
It is only a blip on the radar but holds even more significance for Blackmon who needs to start avoiding trouble and the headlines. The talent is there to be a very good receiver but if issues like this keep occurring he will have a hard time finding the field.
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