JACKSONVILLE, FL - MAY 05: Wide receiver Justin Blackmon #14 during Jacksonville Jaguars Minicamp at EverBank Field on May 5, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
For the first time since his Sunday DUI arrest, Justin Blackmon addressed the media today at a press conference that included the rookie wide receiver, head coach Mike Mularkey and general manager Gene Smith.
While specifics of the incident were not touched on, Blackmon was apologetic for his actions and for his "poor judgement." He apologized specifically to Smith, the Khan family, Mularkey, the Jaguars organization, the fans and people who looked up to him.
The rookie receiver said that he does not have a drinking problem and also said that he is "done drinking" for now, although he clarified that that might not be the case 10 years from now.
The mood was different from Mularkey and Smith though, as they apparently approached the press conference with a lesser priority on standing behind Blackmon and a heightened emphasis on making an example of the incident.
Smith said that when he drafted Blackmon he thought the 2010 incident was isolated, but "obviously, it happened again." According to Smith, the incident reinforces the need to do in-depth research prior to the draft.
Mularkey told reporters that 89 of the 90 players on the roster did things the right way last weekend and just one messed up.