Johnny Jolly Suspension: Packer Suspended At Least One Season

By Wanderer · Jul 16, 2010 · ·
  1. Wanderer
    GREEN BAY, Wis. — The NFL has suspended Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Johnny Jolly without pay for the upcoming season and perhaps beyond for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

    The league says Jolly's suspension begins immediately and will continue through at least the 2010 season. He will be eligible to apply for reinstatement after the Super Bowl.

    Jolly is facing drug charges in Houston after his July 2008 arrest outside a club allegedly for illegally possessing at least 200 grams of codeine. If convicted, Jolly faces up to 20 years in prison.

    Associated Press
    07/16/10 04:07 PM

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  1. Rob Cypher
    Johnny Jolly reinstated by the NFL after serving jail time for codeine possession

    Whether anyone wants to hire a 30-year-old defensive tackle who hasn’t played since 2009 remains to be seen.

    But Johnny Jolly now has the ability to look for a chance.

    According to Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the former Packer was reinstated by the NFL, effective Monday.

    Jolly was suspended indefinitely in 2010, and served six months after a string of arrests for illegal possession of codeine.

    He applied for reinstatement in June, and will now be given a chance to look for work.

    Even if he doesn’t find anyone willing, the good news is that he’s gotten his life turned around to the point where a comeback is something that can be discussed.

    Feb 27, 2013
  2. kumar420
    Why would he fuck up his career over a lousy opiate like codeine?? And 200 grams of it no less, outside a club...imo this guy deserved what he got, he's lucky he didn't end up selling to some poor drunk kid who could have od'ed.
  3. Rob Cypher
    [IMGR="white"] [/IMGR] Jolly completes drug treatment program, cleared to return

    Some players are held up from joining their NFL team until their college class graduates.

    But for Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly, the degree he received yesterday is far more important.

    According to Chris Roth of WBAY in Green Bay, Jolly was in a Houston courtroom Wednesday, receiving a diploma for completing a drug treatment program, which was the final step in his attempted return to the Packers.

    “I know I’ve seen a change, and I know your family has seen a change, and we are just so darn proud of you today just for the progress that you’ve made,” said judge Denise Bradley, who originally sentenced him. “I didn’t know if we would see this day happen.”

    Jolly hasn’t played since 2009, when he was suspended for multiple drug arrests. The Packers have been willing to give him a chance, but the progress he’s made off the field is the only reason.

    “[Judge Bradley] seen something in me,” Jolly said. “Even though she gave me the sentence, she saw something in me. Today I stand here a free man.

    “My life is going great. I’m back with my team, the Packers. I just want to thank her. She’s done a really good thing for me. That was a blessing.”

    The Packers sent director of player development Rob Davis and senior personnel executive Alonzo Highsmith to Houston for the ceremony, another sign they’re backing his attempt.

    He’s rejoining the team for OTAs next week, with no illusions about his chances.

    “I don’t know anyone who sat out three years and was able to go back to the same team,” Jolly acknowledged. “I met with the Packers a couple of weeks ago. They understand my situation and they are willing to be there for me, so I’m just doing everything I can to be in shape and do everything I need to do for my team.

    “They have been there, and I’m going up there to do my best to show them what they want to see this year. So I’ll be doing everything in my power to get ready.”

    If he gets back on the field, it will be impressive. But not as much as the comeback he just authored.

    Darin Gantt
    May 23, 2013
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