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JaMarcus Russell Arrested For Possession of Sizzurp

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JaMarcus Russell arrested; not likely to be employed soon

 

By MJD

 

JaMarcus Russell(notes), recently released free-agent quarterback and one of the biggest draft busts of all time, was arrested Monday afternoon for possession of a controlled substance.

 

The substance? Codeine syrup, according to Daniela Werner of al.com.

 

Codeine syrup, also known as purple drank, lean, or sizzurp, typically contains codeine and promethazine, ingredients found in prescription cough syrup. ESPN's "Outside the Lines" just did a feature on the beverage. It's said to make those who abuse it feel drowsy, weak and in an "altered level of consciousness."

 

Perhaps not coincidentally, the Raiders released Russell because he always played as if he was drowsy, weak and in a state of altered consciousness.

 

Here's more on 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.

 

As mentioned previously, Russell is considered one of the biggest draft busts of all time, perhaps even the only legitimate challenger to Ryan Leaf's crown as biggest bust ever. Back in April, I wrote that despite Russell's serious charge, Leaf was still the champ.

 

Of course, one of the things separating Russell from Leaf was the fact that Russell had never been arrested for drug possession. Even while he's not employed by an NFL team, he's still making a run at Leaf. Everyone needs a goal, I guess.

 

As a free agent, Russell was looking to sign a contract with an NFL team sometime soon, and odds are, he would have, sometime before training camp. With this, though? It seems like a big risk for a team to take, even at a minimum salary. I wouldn't go so far as to say that this is a career-ender, but anyone who was even thinking about signing Russell probably just put that idea on the backburner.

 

The optimistic view to take is that in the long run, maybe an arrest is the best thing for JaMarcus. Maybe it's what he needed to wake himself up and get back on a positive track. I have no idea if his alleged sizzurp use was a one-time thing or a long-time habit, but if this gets him to think seriously about his career, then maybe it can turn into a positive. Time will tell.

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Big fucking woop Codeine syrup omg that has to be news on the NFL network Codeine mother fucking syrup lets call a alert the guy has become a drug pimp trafficking Codeine syrup....lets say it again CODEINE SYRUP...what possible reason do we need to know this for....he sucks, he's a bust and he will die knowing he ripped the raiders off just like Al Davis has been doing for the last 10 years....will someone let actual news on the NFL hit the NFL network please for gods sake.

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Big fucking woop Codeine syrup omg that has to be news on the NFL network Codeine mother fucking syrup lets call a alert the guy has become a drug pimp trafficking Codeine syrup....lets say it again CODEINE SYRUP...what possible reason do we need to know this for....he sucks' date=' he's a bust and he will die knowing he ripped the raiders off just like Al Davis has been doing for the last 10 years....will someone let actual news on the NFL hit the NFL network please for gods sake.

10 years..!!?? more like 30+ years.!!

 

 

 

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Codeine syrup, also known as purple drank, lean, or sizzurp, typically contains codeine and promethazine, ingredients found in prescription cough syrup. ESPN's "Outside the Lines" just did a feature on the beverage. It's said to make those who abuse it feel drowsy, weak and in an "altered level of consciousness."

 

Perhaps not coincidentally, the Raiders released Russell because he always played as if he was drowsy, weak and in a state of altered consciousness.

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Sorry for you guys it wasn't heroin you were reading about. :-\ Codeine is a prescription drug and will get you very high. I'm assuming he was in possession of a large quantity for him to get busted. This IS a big deal because this is probably the worst thing that could happen to a guy already walking on a thin rope.

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Agreed Prane. At this point it is looking less and less likely Jamarcus ever takes another NFL snap, this just added more reason not to look at him. What he NEEDS to do is work his tail off and get back in shape. If that means taking a year off like Pacman (signed 2 year deal with Bengals in May), then working out next spring then so be it. Given his history of laziness and weight gain, the odds are heavily against him.

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