Justin Blackmon was once again suspended for violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy on Tuesday, a four game suspension at the start of the 2013 season stemming from a failed drug test for an unknown substance. This is Blackmon's second violation in less than a year and his third in less than three years. The gifted but troubled receiver now appears to be at a crossroads in his relatively short career and indeed his life. Therefore the question must be asked..
Where do all parties involved in this situation go from here?
We expected the first day of the NFL Draft to be dramatic and it did not disappoint. It was a sensational few hours that left most viewing breathless at times. Here is a pick-by-pick recap and summary of Day one of the draft.
1. Kansas City Chiefs:
Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan.
The Chiefs started the evening of with somewhat of a shock. I was widely expected that they would take Luke Joeckel with the number one pick but there had been gathering rumours throughout the day that new Head Coach Andy Reid was smitten with Fisher and he was the choice. The reason they went for Fisher is that he plays a little nastier and the Chiefs think he has more upside. They couldn't have gone wrong with either selection, they now have an insurance policy as Miami contibues to work with Branden Albert over a trade for a second round pick. If Albert stays, they now have two quality tackles that should give Alex Smith enough time to utilise the weapons available to him.
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
One the eve of the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, this is the final Mock Draft as teams finalise just who they want to take out of this group of College recruits. The Kansas City Chiefs are on the clock.....
1. Kansas City Chiefs:
- Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M.
It looks as if this pick is now set in stone. The Chiefs have done their best to put up smokescreens by inviting others for private workouts but most have now concluded that the Chiefs will take Joeckel. They must protect Alex Smith if they are to maximise his ability while he looks to adjust to a new offense, Joeckel is an elite pass-protector who is equally adept in creating holes in the running game, which should benefit star running back Jamaal Charles greatly. Branden Albert was franchised but he hasn't shown up for workouts and hasn't taken too kindly to the notion he might be moved over to Right Tackle, so it's debatable whether he will return or not. He has given permission to discuss terms with the Miami Dolphins ahead of a possible trade so he could possibly be heading there on Draft day. Either way, Joeckel is an upgrade and the best tackle available in this draft.
One thing is for sure, things certainly aren't dull when it comes to following the fortunes of Liverpool's Luis Suarez.
With the Patrice Evra racist incident finally at the back of everyone's mind, Suarez once again stole the headlines on Sunday for all the wrong reasons.
Sunday's incident against Chelsea at first looked relatively innocuous. Suarez and Branislav Ivanovic tangled in the area and both fell to the floor. Ivanovic seemed to be gesturing to the referee that something had been aimed towards him. Suarez, as he normally seems to do, pleaded his innocence and got prepared for a Liverpool corner. It wasn't until the Television replays were aired that we saw the seriousness of just what Suarez had done.
Some people at Blackburn Rovers Football Club just don't know what is good for them.
Exhibit A: 'Global Advisor Shebby Singh.
The controversial figure has been causing controversy once again this week, defending the clubs Indian Owners 'Venky's' whilst launching a scathing attack on the people looking to take the Club from their clearly incompetent hands.
Singh is a symbol of everything that has been wrong at the Football Club for the last 2 years. A former Malaysian International and Asian football pundit, Singh arrived on the scene at Blackburn in 2012 with the term 'Global Advisor'. Few knew what that title actually meant and what responsibilities Singh actually had to justify his £400,000 a year salary but there was so much confusion surrounding Blackburn at the time that it went relatively unnoticed.