So it takes a DUI for someone to re-think drinking and driving?
Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon was arrested for a DUI that he has plead not guilty to, and now he's saying he's quitting drinking.
He apologized for his "poor judgment," vowed to learn and grow from his latest alcohol-related arrest. LATEST.
Here's what he said:
"People are going to think what they are going to think. Words are words. It's my actions that are going to have to show."
A breath test allegedly showed his blood alcohol content to be three times the legal limit when he was pulled over in Oklahoma. He has been allowed to remain free on $1,000 bond, with his next court date on July 24th.
"I just want to apologize and let people know that it's not who I am, that's not who I'm going to be."
Isn't that who you already are? We seem to remember that you had another booze issue less than two years ago… you know, being arrested on a misdemeanor DUI charge in Texas in 2010?
He might be suspended by the NFL, and the arrest could affect contract negotiations — not to mention he could be on probation. He probably won't get jail time, though.
Here's what the team general manager has to say:
"At the time that we made the selection, we felt very good about the selection. And I still do because I feel like I've got to take a man for his word. We have a chance to get him right. He's a young player and he's got to do his part."
So does he have a drinking problem? Why wouldn't the first case scare him straight, if not?
"I do not. I just think I made a poor choice. I put myself in a bad situation. It's completely my fault. I've just got to make better judgment on that. It's all about growing from your mistakes, learning from them and maturing and trying not to make the same ones over again."
Then, he claims he's giving up booze. For now:
"I'm done. Right now, I'm done with all that. … I can't promise you 10 years down the road that I'm going to be done. I just know that as of right now and what I can speak of. I'm looking forward to getting ready to play football and putting this in the past. I feel terrible. Not only letting down this organization, but my family and friends back home, with the decision that I made, the poor, selfish decision that I made that could have all been changed."
If this is true, we think it's fab!
But if this is all just press to cover up a larger issue, then shame on you guys!
Stay on the path, Justin!
[Image via AP Images.]