The Mystique Of DUIs In The NFL

6/4/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

May 6, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon (14) watches rookie mini camp at Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIREAs you may have heard, Justin Blackmon, wide receiver and recent first-round draft pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars, was pulled over a couple days ago at 3AM and was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. This wasn't just any DUI, however. Blackmon blew a .24 blood alcohol level. That's no joke. That's not have a couple beers at the bar and drive home. That's put down shots of Jager between long island iced teas and drive home. I'm surprised he could even remember where he was going at that point. The cops probably found him stopped at a blinking red light waiting for it to turn green. This is Blackmon's second DUI, despite only having been allowed to drink legally for 17 months. He's not the only one, though. The NFL has had a terrible DUI problem over the past several years. Blackmon marks the 80th DUI of an NFL player or coach since 2007. This is simply baffling to me for a number of reasons.

First of all, just look at what happened to Dante Stallworth. The dude killed a guy, got suspended for a year (which essentially was the dagger in his very mediocre career), and lost his drivers license for life. As the fifth overall pick in the NFL Draft (which Blackmon was), why would you ever even risk something like that? There are plenty of other options.

First off, TAKE A CAB. Blackmon is about to get PAID. Who cares what it costs, just call a cab and get home nice and safe. I call cabs all the time, and I make essentially no money. Get a cab with a couple of friends and it's like three bucks a person for a decent length ride. I think you can afford that, Mr. Blackmon.

Also, in Blackmon's case, there's no way he was by himself, right? I don't picture him as one of those lonely alcoholics who sits at the corner of the bar twiddling his thumbs while he runs up a $50 tab. He must have been with friends. So why did Blackmon and his buddies think that the best way to get home was to put their wasted high-profile millionaire friend behind the wheel? Sweet idea. Someone else has to take the keys.

I've got no problem with pro athletes going out and having a good time. I do it every night of the week. But DON'T DRIVE, especially if you're the fifth overall pick in the draft and about to sign a big contract (Luke Keuchly, the ninth pick, just signed a $12.579 million deal). A DUI just isn't worth it. You spend the night in jail, have to post bond, pay fines, get your license suspended, pay higher on insurance, and if you're a repeat offender who happens to play in the NFL, the league just might take action. Call a cab, guys.
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