Purple Drank and the NFL: Johnny Jolly Isn't the Only One Getting Caught

Andrew TannerContributor IJuly 18, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 03:  Johnny Jolly #97 of the Green Bay Packers looks on from the field against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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I have been reading articles in the newspapers around the country and one thing that I've been noticing is the drink called purple drank.

I haven't heard of it until just recently, so I did my own little research on this drink called purple drank.

It is the soda of the south. The drink consists of codeine, 7up, and jolly ranchers. People have been experiencing weight gain, tooth decay, and other medical symptoms because of the drink. There have also been reports of people dying because of the drink. Codeine is also an ingredient that helps people go to sleep.

It has been in the streets since the 1960's, but, the drink gained its popularity when rappers started using the drink in songs. There's even this song that I dug up on youtube:

So, it's obvious that there's a problem here and it's starting to get worse considering that rappers are singing songs like the video above in their videos. The drink has even killed rappers that have been linked to the drink. Rappers that have been linked to the drink and have been killed are DJ Screw, Big Moe, and Pimp C.

Now to the NFL. Since the drink is big in the south, the NFL should look into the drug abuse program and see how many of their athletes have been connected to the drink. I could think of three:

Terrence Kiel was arrested during practice for the possession with intent to sell prescription cough syrup for use in making the drink.

Johnny Jolly was pulled over in his car for excessive music. The officers found a DR Pepper bottle in the left cup holder of the center console next to two Styrofoam cups containing soda and ice. The officers said the cups and the bottle all emitted strong odors of codeine. Johnny could face up to 20 years in prison if he his convected.

Just recently JaMarcus Russel was arrested at his home for possession of codeine syrup without a prescription. Russel could be the biggest bust in the NFL. The guy who was known for being the biggest bust in the NFL was Ryan Leaf. Now, we have JaMarcus Russel.

As you can see here, we have situations where the drink is used in music and in the NFL. People say that kids now days like to try out what their favorite singers or athletes are doing, this is a situation that could fall into the hands of the NFL. People say that the MLB is winning the drug abuse programs and drug testing policies, why not test for codeine? If you're the NFL testing for codeine just might be the thing to do. You have to tell your players in the league and kids around the nation that the "purple drank" is not okay to drink. It's obvious that we have a problem and it's also obvious that this problem can get worse if the NFL or the music industry doesn't do anything about this drink.

I'm Andrew Tanner saying good bye and good night.