Yesterday I featured an article on one backup QB’s troubles with the law in Chris Simms of the Tennessee Titans, today it appears the trend continues in the news of the NFL with a much more troubled candidate.
JaMarcus Russell, the salary cap nightmare and locker room headache for the Raiders, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance Monday afternoon in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama. And the recently released QB and current free agent’s drug of choice? Codeine syrup.
Here is an extremely brief report of the arrest from al.com:
Myles said Russell was arrested at his home early this afternoon during an undercover investigation. He was booked into Mobile Metro Jail at 4:22 p.m. Russell was released minutes later after making $2,500 bail, according to online records.
Russell is scheduled to appear in court on July 20. A bond hearing is set for July 7.
In other words…. JaMarcus Russell was sipping on the sizzurp this afternoon as the rappers say. He was mixing the purple drink (purple codeine liquid medication mixed with Sprite) and was caught red-handed in his own house by an unknown policeman. Apparently an undercover sting operation was run by local authorities and the police caught JaMarcus sipping the syrup in his own house. Well done, Holmes. You’ve apprehended the infamous purple drink, salary cap monster!
I know it sounds like a strange thing for the law to spend time to investigate, but the real crime here is why is somebody with JaMarcus Russell’s talent is wasting it all away on the purple drink? I mean if he is regularly drinking prescribed codeine around noon time instead of working out and trying to land a new deal then he deserves to be caught and punished for his actions due to his own stupidity and irresponsibility.
Russell has always been considered unmotivated, lazy, and an overall sulking problem in the locker room and even on the field for Oakland. It would be interesting to know how long Russell has been consuming the drowsy medication and if that is part of why he was so uncoachable in Oakland. Because it would certainly explain some of his problems learning the offense and catching up to the speed of an NFL game. It would also partly explain his ballooned weight problems and complete lack of awareness and knowledge as a player on the field.
Perhaps Russell can even blame the purple drink on his errant passes down the field due to blurred vision or hallucinations too?
JaMarcus Russell’s love of the purple drink may cost him his shot at a second chance because the QB already had a bad reputation and was considered moody and unwilling to do his homework (as they say). And he has been completely ineffective so far in his career and is considered a potential cancer to any locker room that he enters. So teams were already tight-roping the idea of signing the draft bust, but now that he is: in legal trouble, potentially addicted to a prescribed medication, and likely suspended for at least a few games….
I think it is safe to say that JaMarcus Russell will be very lucky if anyone signs him at all this season or perhaps even the rest of his career.
Of course he has only been around for three years and much like Leaf he will likely be kicked around a few teams desperate for a QB halfway through this season or the next, but for JaMarcus Russell there is only a bright football future in one single destination.