By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer
Justin Blackmon, a wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL, says he has a problem with making bad decisions. He was arrested 11 months ago and found guilty of drunk driving, a very serious crime. When people drive under the influence of substances like alcohol, their bad driving can hurt people in a crash. Even though Blackmon didn’t hurt anybody, his blood test still showed he was way over the legal limit of how much alcohol can be in your blood. It doesn’t help that he’s also been in trouble with the law before when he was speeding in his car in 2010.
See, once you start making bad decisions, people aren’t surprised when you get in trouble yet again. You start developing something called a “reputation”, which is what people think of you based on your past behavior.
So it’s really no surprise that Blackmon, who looked like he had such a promising career ahead of him when he was the fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft, is saying, “If you want to ask if I have a problem? I have a problem with making a poor decision.” See, he was also suspended recently from playing, and even though he didn’t comment on what got him suspended, people are already thinking he failed a drug test. Why do people think that? He’s started developing a bad reputation from making those poor decisions.
Now, he’s apologizing to teammates for letting them down, because he’s going to miss out on some very important games when the season opens against Kansas City, Oakland, Seattle, and Indianapolis. He’ll probably be apologizing to his bank account too, because just missing those four games is going to cost him $220,000! His contract also now says that they can get rid of him anytime, rather than having to pay him the $10 million that’s left on his four-year $18.5 million contract. Ouch.
Losing respect, money, and freedom are just a few of the consequences of making some bad decisions. Like Justin Blackmon says, “…my problem was I made a selfish decision and I apologize for that. I apologized to my teammates and I apologized to my family for it. That’s something that I did and I take full responsibility.” So, next time you’re wondering what the big deal is about making a bad decision, think about your reputation, your friends, your family, and heck, your own personal success.