There must have been something in the air over the weekend, because we saw what appears to be a record number of arrests in the sports world for drunk driving, including NFL top five draft pick Justin Blackmon, a new addition to the World Famous BadJocks BAC Rankings.
But he wasn’t the only one to have a few and get behind the wheel this weekend. We also have:
- Vikings fullback Jerome Felton–recently acquired from the Detroit Felons–who was arrested at 3 am at a McDonald’s drive thru lane. No, really. No BAC reported on that case.
- Mark E. Steinberg, Tiger Woods’ agent since 1998, was arrested Saturday night and charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, for having a blood-alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit at 0.18%.
- Christopher N. Jarrell, 28, the head boys tennis coach in Marshfield High School (MA) who was arrested at 7 PM last Thursday and charged with on multiple misdemeanor charges, including second-offense drunken driving, resisting arrest, possession of a Class C drug (Valium) and failure to stop for police. And apparently he got a little nasty with cops when they finally pulled him over. His BAC was 0.19%.
And finally: Joel Bruss, 34 who this week plead guilty to driving Zamboni while drunk at the Hayes Park Arena in Apple Valley, MN this past January. The resurfacing usually takes only 10-minutes, but Bruss turned into nearly 30 minutes of missed patches and occasionally crashing the boards. The best part? It was all caught on video!
One thing you can say for top draft pick Justin Blackmon: he’s consistent. And if there’s one thing the NFL loves almost as much as money, it’s consistency.
Take Blackmon’s drinking and driving for instance: In October 2010 he was arrested by Carrollton, Texas at 3:45 am going 90 in a 60 MPH zone on Interstate 35. At the time officers gave him a field sobriety test (no BAC that we can find) and determined that the 20-year-old had been drinking and was arrested under Texas law for having ANY detectable amount of alcohol in his system.
Now, flash forward almost a year and a half and at about 3 am on Sunday, June 3, 2012, Blackmon was clocked driving 60 mph in a 35-mph zone in Stillwater, Oklahoma and was arrested at a gas station after failing to pull over for several blocks. (Drunk, speeding, 3 am–consistent!) This time they did administer a breathalyzer and the star wide receiver blew an impressive 0.24% BAC, putting him in a tie for 20th ALL TIME on the World Famous BadJocks BAC Rankings, right next to former NFL star Charles Woodson and former Tigers broadcaster Lary Sorensen.
And look at his sad “I’ve Been Arrested for DUI” face in both mug shots. Now THAT’S consistency!
Back in 2010, Blackmon’s coach at OSU, Mike Gundy, was all about seeing both sides of the story and telling us what a great person his star receiver was. A one-time, error in judgement by a young person? Sounded like it at the time. But more than a year later to be arrested for the same thing? That’s big time stupid. And the Jaguars had better keep an eye on him: at .24% BAC, most people are passed out and close to death, much less behind the wheel. We’re not doctors, but the obvious assumption is that Blackmon may, just may, have done some drinking between that October 2010 arrest and this one and has started to build up a tolerance to alcohol. We could be wrong there, but this sure had the telltale signs of someone who likes to party, no?
Police in Britain have arrested three known troublemakers and confiscated their passports before they could get on a plane to travel to the Euro 2012 soccer tournament in Poland. Apparently this is a pretty common practice with “known” hooligans, to prevent them from causing trouble in the host countries. They’re supposed to turn in their passports before the events (keeping them from traveling) and if they don’t they get pinched.
No they haven’t done anything wrong . . . yet, but apparently their history made authorities believe they would.