JaMarcus Russell, former quarterback of the Oakland Raiders has been charged with codeine syrup possession and released on $2,500 bail. Russel’s arrest took place at his home in Alabama on Monday.
Russell rose through the ranks as the star quarterback at LSU, he was drafted in the No. 1 spot in 2007, unfortunately he failed to produce for the Raiders, winning only seven games in 25 starts, while completing just 52.1 percent of his passes with 18 career touchdowns. Russell managed only a 65.2 passer rating after throwing for 23 interceptions and giving up 15 lost fumbles.
Russell will return for a bond hearing on Wednesday and will then return again on July 20th to face charges. WALA-TV in Mobile, Alabama learned that the syrup codeine was being mixed with sprite to form a drink called “sip-sip.” If charged to the fullest extent of the law Russell can face a felony charge for carrying the drug without a prescription.
The former NFL QB should be able to afford top notch representation, having been paid $36.4 million through the 2009 season leading up to his release. ESPN is reporting that the New York Jets who had interest in acquiring Russell now have no intention of seeking his services.