With 12 players arrested this past off-season for driving under the influence (DUI, including three Detroit Lions twice (Aaron Berry, Nick Fairly and Mikel Leshoure), the National Football League needs to address the problem of alcohol use and abuse among its players.
In an effort to resolve his ongoing DUI case, Jacksonville Jaguars’ wide receiver Justin Blackmon withdrew his former not guilty plea. Blackmon was given a one year deferred sentence and a $500 penalty and required to serve 50 hours of community service. As reported in www.faniq.com.
Blackmon was arrested during a routine traffic check on suspicion of DUI on June 3rd.He was booked into jail after a breathalyzer test revealed the Jacksonville Jaguars draftee posted a blood-alcohol level of .24, which is considered three times over the legal limit appointed by the state at a .15 reading. A second sample taken from Justin Blackmon registered at .26.
Blackmon is required to fit an interlock device on his car, which acts like a breath analyzer and refuses individuals over state legal drinking limit the permission to start the car.
Apart from the interlock device, further safety and preventive measures demand that Justin Blackmon take a DUI class.
Hopefully, this will get this rookie back on the path to a successful career.