Johnny Jolly Suspension and the NFL Drug Problem

July 17, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The league began handing out more drug suspensions on Friday as Green Bay Packers defensive end Johnny Jolly was suspended for the entire 2010 season.
Jolly was arrested for illegal possession of codeine outside a Houston nightclub in 2008. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Jolly isn't the only NFL player charged with possessing codeine, which seems to be becoming the new drug of choice for professional athletes.
Former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell also has been charged with codeine syrup possession this month in Atlanta. His future is uncertain as he is becoming one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history after being cut from the Raiders in May.
While the NFL's attempts at cracking down on the use of performance-enhancing drugs appears to have borne fruit, with Texans linebacker Brian Cushing the highest profile player to be suspended for that offense, the league seems to still be losing the battle with off-field drug issues.

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