Oct. 27, 2010
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy announced today that wide receiver Justin Blackmon will serve a one-game suspension for violating team rules and that Blackmon will not travel with the Cowboys for Saturday’s game at Kansas State.
Blackmon and Gundy met with the media following Wednesday’s practice. The transcript of what was said:
Justin Blackmon, Wide Receiver
"Well first off I want to say that I have this statement here. I have a lot of things written down so that I don't forget anything. I have a lot on my mind and I don't want to leave anything out. I made a mistake and I take full responsibility for it. I am embarrassed to be in this position. I am truly sorry. To my family, to my friends, and to Oklahoma State as a whole, I look forward to redeeming myself and proving to everybody that this isn't who I am. I am humbled by this experience and I will grow from it."
On the importance of speaking out
"I just want to prove that I am not that guy and to put it out there and that I am truly sorry. I am going to own up to my mistakes. I did it and I should be punished for it and take my punishment like I should."
On the effect it has on his teammates
"I have apologized to my teammates for being a distraction and that I brought this on the team. I apologize to this program and to the school. I brought a lot of bad press to Oklahoma State and I am really sorry for that."
On what he learned
"The biggest thing that I learned is that I know I shouldn't have done that. I mean it is a game week, it is a big week. I have learned to go with my gut. Something didn't feel right about it when we were doing it, so I shouldn't have done it."
On his feeling Tuesday morning
"It wasn't a good one."
Mike Gundy, Head Coach
On what Blackmon’s punishment is
"He is not going to play in the game. It is a one-game suspension."
On how he made his decision
"I compiled all the information just like I do with any situation that happens outside of our football program. I call it like it is and I make the decision. No one else makes that decision but me. I decide what the punishment will be depending on the situation and I think what took place once I gather all the information. There are no two that are alike. Sometimes the procedure outside of here based on the court system is involved, and sometimes it is not. We are always going to follow the law and in our opinion what he did deserves a suspension from this game."
On if he knew about Blackmon leaving the state
"I did not know that."
On if there was an early morning practice that he was getting back to
"Monday is their day off. They practice again on Tuesday afternoons. I already checked the classes and some of them don't have class on Tuesdays, so they have some freedom. The question that comes a lot to me particularly from when I go home at night is why don't you make them all come in at 10 a.m. and corral them all and not let them do anything. First, I don't think you can do that, and second they need to be able to take care of themselves and then they have to suffer the consequences if they make a bad decision. That is part of the growing pains of anything that we could go through in life."
On Blackmon's character
"Well obviously he has been a very good player. It is unfortunate that this happened for him because he really is a good person. Last night on my radio show I was asked about him and I meant everything that I said. I wouldn't have an issue with leaving him with my three sons. I would let him babysit them in a heartbeat. He is a very caring person that has made a mistake and he is going to suffer the consequences. I think he understands now that he has elevated himself to the level nationally that when he makes a mistake, everybody is going to know about it, just like when he does something great, like he does a lot, everybody is going to know about it."
On if the decision was hard or not
"Well it is very easy for us. That is a decision he made and he has to suffer the consequences. His teammates have to make up for that and prepare like they have for the last two days and go up and play the best game they can in Manhattan. They have to go up and play well enough to win a football game with or without a player. It is a big organization and we will always move forward, but it is a tough decision because you don't like to see anybody suffer. He is hurting right now and is very remorseful. It was not a difficult decision once I gathered my facts and found out what was going on."
On how he got his information
"I saw a printed statement that was out and it was fairly accurate to the information that I got. I follow the decision that was made by the police department because that is what they do. So I gather that information and follow the procedure that they went through and I made my decision based on theirs."
On additional punishment
"He was on the stairmaster all day during practice."
On when he found out
"I got a call at 6:51 a.m. I was at work so it didn't really matter anyway, but usually when my phone rings that early it is not good."