JaMarcus Russell and Codeine: Elixir of the God-Awful

July 9, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell was arrested on Monday in Mobile, Alabama and charged with possession of codeine syrup. Is Russell’s attempt at criminal behavior as weak as his attempt at NFL stardom, and does his arrest signify the next step in the downfall of the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft?
Let’s be careful not to judge Russell too quickly, for it is entirely possible and likely that, given his relatively clean background, and millions of dollars at the ready for legal advice, Russell will make a plea and avoid a criminal charge. If that happens, then it will be official: JaMarcus Russell commits crimes like he plays football—without “conviction.”
Russell was nabbed on July 5 at his home in Alabama, arrested for possession of a controlled substance. His arrest resulted from a two-month undercover operation in Mobile, as, once again, Russell fell victim to his inability to recognize “coverage.”

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