Johnny Jolly Arrested: Suspended Packer Jolly Throws Career Away for Codeine

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterOctober 3, 2011

GREEN BAY, WI - CIRCA 2010: In this photo provided by the NFL, Johnny Jolly of the Green Bay Packers poses for his 2010 NFL headshot circa 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
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There is nothing funny nor fortunate about what Johnny Jolly has endured. The man has issues with codeine, and it may have just ended his career. 

The Green Bay Packers are mere months removed from a wonderful moment that will be savored by fans for decades. The Packers lineman was not able to share in the wondrous Super Bowl victory. He was suspended at the time for codeine possession. 

On Monday, reported Jolly had been arrested arrested and charged with drug possession and tampering with evidence. The tampering with evidence charge comes as Jolly attempted to conceal the codeine from officers. 

The news may serve as the final nail in Jolly's career coffin. In 2008, Jolly plead guilty for illegal possession of codeine. His legal issues saw him suspended from the NFL indefinitely in 2010.

The 28-year-old Jolly is under contract with the Packers until the end of 2011. The chances of him suiting up for the Packers were already slim. It is far more likely that he will never play for any team. 

A man who had his dream job threw it all away for codeine. There is no doubt in my mind that Jolly has a problem and needs help to get over what has been a career-crippling addiction. 

There is no way that an NFL team will take a chance on a man that has clearly made his choice in life. Codeine is far more important than anything to him, and it is costing him his livelihood. 

Jolly began the process for reinstatement in February. The league may have been willing to take a chance at another stint with Jolly. Now, that chance has been flushed away, never to return. 

It is a sad sight to see someone with little control over their life. The worst part is Jolly may not have learned his lesson. Arrests couldn't set him straight before, so there is little hope they can do so now. 

We should get used to using the following term when referring to Johnny Jolly. It is the one that will identify him from here on out, and that is former NFL player. I hope he enjoys his codeine, because it just cost him his career.

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