Former Plainview High School and suspended Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon received a one-year suspended sentence and probation for a misdemeanor DUI conviction Wednesday at a sentencing hearing and will avoid jail time as long as he complies with conditions set by District Judge Dennis Morris.
Blackmon, who played his football collegiately at Oklahoma State University, must pay a $1,000 fine plus associated court costs, was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service, check in with his probation officer monthly and must submit to random drug tests every month.
Blackmon, the fifth overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, was arrested Dec. 19, 2015, for driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol in the 800 block of Myall Road SW, in Ardmore. He entered a plea of no-contest on April 28. The judge accepted the plea as a guilty plea.
Should a positive test sample emerge, his probation will be revoked.
Any additional arrests for DUI within the next decade could result in jail time for Blackmon.
“So basically, for the next 11 years, if Justin were to get a DUI in the state of Oklahoma, it could be charged as a felony,” said James Gilmartin, Blackmon’s attorney.
The December incident marked Blackmon’s second DUI arrest since being drafted in the first round by the Jaguars in 2012 and his third overall. He remains indefinitely suspended by the NFL after his appeal for reinstatement was denied last year.
Dressed in a grey and black T-shirt with tan khakis, Blackmon appeared relaxed before sentencing. He shared a laugh with his father and spoke in a room behind the courtroom with his attorney.
“Justin is naturally a happy guy,” said James Gilmartin, Blackmon’s attorney. “He’s not a downtrodden, depressed person. He’s a happy guy. He’s always been that way with people. It’s just his personality.”
Morris addressed Blackmon in the court room, saying that he was appreciative that the wide receiver was “straight-forward” with the judge in regards to the status of his completion of substance abuse counseling and an evaluation.
Through his attorney, Blackmon declined an interview with the media after he departed the courthouse.
“At no time has Justin tried to skirt the system or has he tried to use his name in anyway to gain any favors with anybody,” Gilmartin said. “He’s always taken it on the chin and taken responsibility for his actions, and that’s the Justin that I know.
“Whatever is reported about him in other places I don’t know that person. The person that I know is the Justin who walked into my office and from the get-go was like, ‘What do I need to do to take care of this?’ What do I need to make things right?’”
As for a return to the NFL, Gilmartin said that topic never came up during any of their conversations.
“He’s never mentioned football in any of our conversations,” Gilmartin said. “I’ll ask him during football season if he’s watching any games. He says he is.”