Disgraced former Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell was in an Mobile, AL courtroom this morning pleading not guilty to charges of possession of a controlled substance (codeine). Russell was arrested in his home July 5 by undercover narcotics officers.
The Mobile Press Register writes:
Russell, dressed sharply in a black suit emblazoned with his initials, nodded to reporters but did not respond to questions.
"We're looking forward to the hearing on Aug. 11," said Russell's attorney, Donald Briskman. "I asked the court to set it early so we could get this behind us."
As for Russell's plans in the meantime, Briskman said he would be "getting prepared to play professional football." The No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft was released from the Raiders in May after three disappointing seasons and had been hoping to catch on with another NFL team.
-- Andy Benoit
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