Jags WR Blackmon causes a sideline stir; Meets with Bradley after game
Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon, serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, was escorted off the field Friday night after a verbal confrontation with CB Nolan Carroll on the sideline.
Mark Long of The Associated Press tweeted that Jason Babin involved himself, telling Blackmon to “pipe down” since he’s already suspended for four games.
The Florida Times-Union reported that Blackmon met with Bradley in the head coach’s office after the game.
“You know how it is in the preseason,” Bradley said. “Sometimes a player talks to the sideline. It started off as just banter and I just addressed it. I turned to him and said, ‘There’s no place [for that]. I’d rather you use your energy to encourage our guys and not get caught in that.’
Blackmon did return to the sideline in the second half, but was not present in the team’s locker room after the game.
Bradley told reporters Saturday that he had both Blackmon and Babin in his office following the game and was pleased with the meeting.
“I’m not going to say that there was (nothing) between Justin and Jason Babin, but it was more like, ‘Just back up when Gus is telling you to back up,'” Bradley explained Saturday, per The Associated Press. “It’s one of those things, and it probably appeared bigger. … But it was a lot smaller than what I initially thought.”