Larry Brown Sports- Justin Blackmon has been arguably one of the biggest wastes of talent in football over the past several years, and the Jacksonville Jaguars aren’t about to let him stop wasting it in the CFL.
Earlier this month, the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts reportedly acquired the rights to Blackmon. In order for Blackmon to be able to play in the CFL, the Jaguars would have to let him out of his current contract, which runs through the 2016 season. According to Alex Marvez of FOX Sports, the Jaguars would “most likely not” allow Blackmon to leave.
Of course, Blackmon would need more than just a release from his Jaguars contract to pursue a career in the CFL. Under the “Ricky Williams rule,” any player suspended by another professional football league is not allowed to play in the CFL until he is reinstated. Blackmon has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL in the wake of his most recent arrest, which was for marijuana possession last summer. The former Oklahoma State star was also arrested for driving while under the influence in 2010 and 2012.
You can call it vengeful. It is. You can call it spiteful. It absolutely is. However, the Jaguars refusal to let Justin Blackmon play in the CFL until the entirety of his contract is up isn't just funny, it's fucking justified. It would be one thing if Blackmon gave his all in an attempt to show why he was selected 5TH OVERALL by the Jacksonville Jaguars. If, despite all the hype, he was physically incapable of playing in the NFL then I am sure the Jaguars would have no problem letting Justin Blackmon head up north to puff cheeba with the rest of America's baby brother. However, we are talking about a guy that has shown he can produce on the highest level. A guy that has appeared in 4 games since the beginning of 2013 because he can't not smoke pot. A guy that literally chose weed over a multimillion dollar contract and professional career. A guy that makes Ricky Williams look like a team player. A guy that makes Josh Gordon look like a Jehovah's Witness. That guy is never going to receive a helping hand from the people that he essentially stolen from.
Now, if the Jaguars had accomplished even the smallest amount of success over the last 2-3 years then I am sure they would be quicker to snip the umbilical cord on their connection to Justin Blackmon. Alas, they are the Jaguars, so we know how that story goes. Bottom line. If you're a top ten pick and you do everything in your power to not play for a team that invested in you, then don't expect them to help you out when you need a favor. That's like making a sex tape with your bosses wife, leaving it on his desk, and asking for a letter of recommendation the next time you see him. Hell hath no fury like a shitty football team scorned. Revenge is a dish best served cold, but if I were Justin Blackmon, I would get used to keeping whatever bench he is sitting on warm. I'm not sure if the use of marijuana counts as medical leave just yet, but he's got a quite a few days off before he has to worry about working again.