According to a post on Johnny Jolly’s Facebook profile, he’s been working out with an individual presumed to be JaMarcus Russell, the former no. 1 overall draft choice in the NFL Draft in 2007.
Both players were arrested for possession of the drug codeine in separate incidents, Jolly in July of 2008 and Russell in July of 2010.
In both cases, the players were allegedly in possession of a concoction popularly known as “Purple Drank” or “Sizzurp” that mixes the codeine in cough syrup with soda such as Sprite or Mountain Dew along with Jolly Rancher candies.
Jolly is currently under indefinite suspension by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, although he’s eligible to apply for reinstatement.
The Packers defensive lineman is also taking part in a pretrial diversion program in his native Houston, after which his felony drug possession charge could be dismissed.
According to an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jolly was told by state district Judge Mike Anderson, “This is just between us. I’m going to be keeping my eye on you.”
Greg Bedard of the Journal Sentinel wrote back in August, “State district Judge Mike Anderson also told Jolly he will not be able to consume drugs or alcohol and must stay away from establishments that serve alcohol. He must report monthly to Harris County probation officials and submit to random drug and alcohol testing.”
Whether associating with another individual arrested for drug possession will affect Jolly’s legal status or his application for reinstatement with the NFL remains to be seen.
Although Russell was arrested for possession of codeine, a friend of his took responsibility for mixing the drink, and no one in the case has been indicted, according to an article from the Fox television Houston affiliate in October of 2010.
Russell has reportedly been working out in Houston with former NBA head coach John Lucas in hopes he’ll get a second chance in the NFL.
Alex Tallitsch contributed to this report.