Jacksonville receiver Justin Blackmon addresses his suspension | NFL
Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon, who is suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season, pinned his problems on his decisions.
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Justin Blackmon pinned his problems on his decisions.
Blackmon, suspended the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, acknowledged Monday he is at a crossroads in his career and his personal life. But the Jacksonville Jaguars' receiver insisted he doesn't have an alcohol or substance-abuse problem.
"Out of this whole thing, one of the main things I would say that I had a problem with was just making a poor decision, making a selfish decision at that and not thinking about the long term of it ... " Blackmon said after the team's first organized team activity.
"If you want to ask if I have a problem? I have a problem with making a poor decision."
Blackmon, a former Oklahoma State standout who was the fifth player taken in last year's draft, has a credibility problem, too.
Eleven months ago, he apologized for getting arrested on a DUI charge in Stillwater, Okla. — tests showed his blood alcohol content to be three times the legal limit — and vowed this is "not who I'm going to be."
Blackmon eventually pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI, which put him in the league's substance-abuse program. Although he declined to reveal what triggered his suspension, it is likely he failed a random test.
Blackmon, who caught 64 passes for 865 yards in his rookie season, said he is "confident" his latest mistake will be his last.
"I don't think anybody wants to be in the position that I'm in right now, and I don't think anybody wants to be in a position that can be any worse," he said.
Ault to advise Chiefs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs found an experienced source for help in implementing — and perhaps defending — the pistol offensive system sweeping through the league.
The team hired former Nevada coach Chris Ault, who used the modified shotgun formation to great success in the college ranks, to serve as a consultant to new coach Andy Reid, offensive coordinator Doug Pederson and the rest of the coaching staff.
The pistol formation lines up the quarterback a few yards behind center, but short of the traditional shotgun formation.
• Buddy Nix, 73, is stepping down as general manager of the Buffalo Bills and will remain with the franchise in a new role as special assistant. Assistant GM Doug Whaley is expected to be promoted to general manager.
• Former Jacksonville receiver Jimmy Smith, 44, has started serving a six-year prison term in Mississippi for drug-possession and weapons charges, online state corrections records show.
Smith was sentenced to two years for possession of a firearm by a felon and four years for possession of cocaine, records show. He played in the NFL for 13 seasons, 11 with the Jaguars.