JaMarcus Russell Arrested With Codeine, Ruins Any Chance At NFL Comeback

Robert Quinn@@RQuinn619Correspondent IJuly 6, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 15:  JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders sits on the bench after being taken out of their game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 15, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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JaMarcus Russell, recently released by the Oakland Raiders after being selected No. 1 overall out of Louisiana State, has just made a bad offseason even worse after being arrested for possession of a controlled substance. That substance is supposedly liquid codeine, or "Purple Drank," which is a mixture of the codeine, promethazyne, Sprite, and Jolly Ranchers.

Green Bay Packers DT Johnny Jolly is also facing charges on the same offense. ESPN's Outside the Lines chronicles the new trend here: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=5332554

According to Daniela Werner of the Mobile Press- Register (Ala.), The Mobile County Sheriff's Office arrested Russell during the middle of an undercover investigation. 

Booked at 4:22 p.m. ET, Russell has posted bail in the amount of $2,500.  He's due in court on July 20.


This Doesn't Seem To Be An Isolated Incident

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Jerry McDonald, a reporter for the Bay Area News Group, has stated that he has heard from multiple sources that Russell and the "Purple Drank" were often hand in hand, and that Russell was receiving illegal prescriptions of the substance.


Is This The Cause of Russell's "Lethargy Addiction?"

Earlier in the year, Gary Peterson of the Bay Area News Group started a joke by saying that JaMarcus Russell has spent part of the offseason at a clinic being treated for lethargy addiction.

In the OTL report, it was said that users are sent to a drowsy, weak, and "altered level of consciousness." Sounds a little bit like what we've heard about the way he carries himself in team meetings, and what we've seen on Sundays.


Impact on Russell's Free Agency Chances

After being cut from Oakland on bitter terms in a bad situation, Russell proved in one action why he wasn't able to adjust to the NFL.

Instead of working out, watching game tape, and doing anything possible to encourage a suitor to offer a deal, Russell decided to associate with a deadly narcotic, and is showing time and time again why he doesn't deserve to be a member of the NFL.

Some rumors even reported a possibility of the Jets being interested in JaMarcus. He had a very slim chance of finding a suitor for himself as it is, but now, with an arrest of this magnitude, don't expect to see JaMarcus on the field for a while, as he has proven himself to be a cancer and a distraction to the teams he's played for.

JaMarcus Russell really needs to do some soul searching, because his actions and lack of worth ethic are simply disrespectful to the fans who dream of just being able to shake these guys' hands.

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