Dez Bryant: Justin Blackmon will learn lesson
However, Bryant expressed support for Blackmon on Wednesday, about the same time that Blackmon was holding a press conference at the Jaguars’ complex in Jacksonville to apologize for the early Sunday arrest when his blood alcohol level was allegedly three times above the legal limit.
“He is a great guy,” Bryant said. “If you knew him, you’d be like, ‘I can’t believe it.’ At the same time, I just feel like it’s just a lesson he’s going to have to learn.
“I feel like he’s going to get through it. I know he is just because of the type of guy he is. I wish the best for him. I know he’s going to come through and he’s going to bounce back and do what he has to do.”
This is the second time that Blackmon has been arrested on a DUI charge after being pulled over for speeding. The first incident occurred in 2010 while Blackmon was driving back to Stillwater, Okla., after watching Bryant play at Cowboys Stadium.
Bryant, a top-10 talent, dropped to the 24th overall pick in the 2010 draft because of character concerns. He does not have a criminal record, but he has had a bumpy road off the field in his first two NFL seasons, particularly with managing his money. He admits that it was “overwhelming” at times making the transition from college to the NFL.
“Basically, it’s decision making and what you do,” Bryant said. “Some guys make the right decisions, some guys make the wrong decisions. When you make a wrong decision, it’s your choice if you want to learn from it or not.”
Bryant believes that he’s learned from his bad decisions. He’s optimistic that the same will be true for Blackmon.
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