Has Jolly Seen His Last Day's As A Packer?
Packers DE Jolly arrested on drug charge again
Mar 25, 4:50 pm EDT
HOUSTON (AP)—Troubled Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly(notes) has been arrested on another drug charge in Houston.
Houston police spokesman Victor Senties said Jolly was pulled over about 12:45 a.m. Friday. Senties said officers discovered a bottle containing 600 grams of codeine under the passenger’s seat and another bottle with an unidentified substance in the driver’s side door.
Jolly was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.
Senties said the former Houston high school star gave the arresting officers a state identification card instead of a driver’s license. After a background check, police discovered Jolly’s license had been suspended in 2007 and was ineligible for renewal.
A Packers spokesman said the team would have no comment. Jolly’s agent didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
Jolly was suspended by the NFL without pay for all of last season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The ban stemmed from a separate drug arrest. In July 2008, Jolly was arrested in Houston for possession of at least 200 grams of codeine, a second-degree felony.
Jolly could’ve faced up to 20 years in prison. But he was given pretrial diversion, a form of probation that would’ve had the charge against him dismissed if he didn’t break the law over the next year. Part of the sentence was 160 hours of community service, which included 10 speaking engagements where he was supposed to talk to children and others about the dangers of drug use.
It was unclear how the latest charge would affect Jolly’s probation. A call to attorney Michelle Beck, who was representing Jolly last year, was not immediately returned.
The 6-foot-3, 325-pound Jolly started all 16 games for Green Bay in 2008 and’09. Without him, the Packers won the Super Bowl last season.
Updated Mar 25, 4:50 pm EDT
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He must be done now huh? After being suspended last season and also on probation for the last bust I gotta think his NFL career is over. He'll probably end up playing in the Texas Prison League or in the next remake of "The Longest Yard".
Originally Posted by Evernight
Evernight, Loki would this have an effect on the "Pack" trying to retain Cullen Jenkins?
I think they spend a bit more effort to keep him. But...not TOO much extra effort. He is a beast when he's healthy, but I'm not sure the money he'll demand will fit into the Pack's budget.
Jenkins would be nice to keep, but he on the wrong side of 30. The pack showed they can play well with the depth they currently have (assumption that winning the SB = "play well"). Neal returns. Wilson is bound to keep improving.
I think they take a hard look at their draft board and try and figure out how to get a good DT.
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I hope he's done, and if not I never want to see his ass in a Packer uniform again. I could forgive him for being busted once and being clean the rest of his career, but to get busted once, get out, get pulled over for driving like an idiot with no license and having the same shit in the car you were busted with the last time? GTFOH!
Originally Posted by soulman
I doubt we bring Jenkins back unless he lowers his contract demands. My guess is we'll be taking a DL or two high in this draft as it's a very deep draft at the DL position. TT won't overpay for FAs, so odds are we'll take a mid level FA DL and pick up one or two from the draft to develop.
Last edited by Evernight; 03-26-2011 at 09:59 PM.
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Link to another article that seems to agree with you. Good call.
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Fan’s take: Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly arrested for codeine… again
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Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly(notes) was coming into his own before a 2008 felony drug charge cost him the entire 2010-2011 season. Jolly was applying for reinstatement and was expected to return to the Packers defensive line rotation had he remained in accordance to the NFL conduct policy.
Now… that doesn't appear to be the case. TMJ 4 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin reported that Jolly was arrested early Friday morning (March 25th, 2011). 600 grams of codeine (yes… grams) were reportedly found in his automobile, along with other unidentified substances.
At 28, Jolly was destined to enter the peak of his career. He was an effective pass defender whose enthusiasm rubbed off on teammates. The Green Bay Press Gazette previously reported that Mike McCarthy had Jolly in the Packers future plans, stating, "Definitely. We'll let the process take its course and we'll see what happens."
Packer supporters demand that players hold themselves to the highest ethical standards. Jolly's second violation won't go over well with them. It's unrealistic to imagine Ted Thompson committing to Jolly after this incident. Right now, Jolly will probably fret over his long-term freedom more than the extinguishment of his football career.
Could Jolly's imbroglio become a blessing for the Packers? With B.J. Raji(notes), Ryan Pickett(notes), C.J. Wilson, an unproven Mike Neal(notes), an aging Howard Green(notes), and oft-injured Justin Harrell(notes) (understatement), the Packers might feel more compelled in resigning Cullen Jenkins(notes). What had appeared to be a deep position heading into the 2011-2012 is starting to look depleted in terms of depth.
With the lockout currently eliminating free agency, fans can expect Ted Thompson to lure a versatile defensive lineman during the 2011 NFL Draft. Thankfully, Jolly gave Thompson more time to pursue alternative options seeing that it's March.
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Updated Mar 25, 11:10 pm EDT
Is he related to Nate Newton?
yikes that is a serious purple drank issue.. 600 grams?... and since he broke his probation, think the state will ahve him behind bars befoe the leaue does a thing, his career is over, imo
His second drug charge and on probation to boot. Yeah he'll be starring in a real life version of "The "Longest Yard" very soon. Trying to recoup that NFL paycheck by dealing is pretty dumb. Ya' gotta know that you're under suspicion from the start yet still you do it?
As a person who was on a psychiatric ward on two different occasions with people who suffered from maladies ranging from bipolar disorder, to obsessive-compulsive disorder, to borderline personality disorder, to drug addiction, I have to show pity and empathize in a way with Johnny Jolly. I was not a drug addict (I have bipolar disorder), but I met a lot of really swell people who somehow just found themselves in a lot of trouble in their lives with their addiction to drugs. I hate it for them, and I hate it for Jolly too. I hope that whatever comes of this latest crisis in his life, he can make his peace with addiction and get the help he needs. He needs rehabilitation badly, and to be monitored. If prison or a mental institution are places where he can get this kind of care, then God bless him in his efforts.