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Ex-Raiders QB Russell arrested on Ala. drug charge

Published: Mon, July 5, 2010 @ 8:39 p.m.

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell has been charged with possession of a controlled substance — codeine syrup — after being arrested at his home in Alabama on Monday, authorities said.

The 24-year-old former LSU star and the No. 1 draft choice in 2007 was arrested as part of an undercover narcotics investigation, said Mobile County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Lori Myles. She would not say what led to his arrest. She said he did not have a prescription for the codeine.

Russell, who graduated from high school in Mobile, was booked into the city jail and released soon afterward on $2,500 bond, online records show.

The Raiders released Russell, considered one of the NFL’s biggest draft busts, in May after he won only seven of his 25 starts and was benched. He completed just 52.1 percent of his passes in his career with 18 touchdowns, 23 interceptions, 15 lost fumbles and a passer rating of 65.2.

Oakland paid Russell about $36.4 million through the 2009 season. Since the start of the common draft in 1967, only one other No. 1 pick was released this quickly in his NFL career. Indianapolis cut 1992 top pick Steve Emtman after three seasons, but that was more because of injuries than production.

Russell and his agent did not immediately return calls for comment.


1cambridge(3334 comments)posted 5 years ago

I can't see him being arrested for cough syrup but he should get life without parole for impersonating a quarterback.

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2MFC997(255 comments)posted 5 years ago

It was for making "purple drank" or "lean" party drink ... this from a guy who could buy his own distillery legally ... what a complete and total idiot ...

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3seminole(476 comments)posted 5 years ago

Dig it...cambridge, one of the best hits I've seen on here!

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4sknirak(120 comments)posted 5 years ago

This is really bad for him. When the Raiders don't want you, then you know you are really SOL. Mr Russell: Welcome to the REAL world.

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5stik15(1 comment)posted 5 years ago

maybe he needed it cause he coughs up the ball so much

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6SWEETEDDIE(35 comments)posted 5 years ago

why do these fools mess with drugs when they have the world by the ball's what a bunch on misfit's

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7mrblue(1136 comments)posted 5 years ago

Look up idiot in the dictionary and you will see his picture and many other NFL players as well. Over paid and stupid! They should all be thrown out of the league and introduced to the real world.

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