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JaMarcus Russell admits failed test, codeine use

Posted on: August 13, 2010 9:47 am
Edited on: August 13, 2010 11:19 am
Posted by Will Brinson

Last night, Trey Wingo tweeted something about a "teaser" for a JaMarcus Russell interview on ESPN. It involved Russell admitting he used codeine and failed a test -- and it seemed kind of crazy, considering ESPN wasn't hyping it.

Fast forward to today, and Sportscenter is airing the interview, in which Russell talks to Colleen Dominguez.

"Around the time when I first got there or a year after I got there," Russell said when asked when the Raiders confronted him. "[They] said they were gettin' word in the streets about me using drugs. Then, one of the doctors came to me."

Russell also admitted that he tested positive for codeine.

"I missed all of training camp, so I didn't get tested when all the other guys got tested," Russell told Dominguez. "I had a prescription from a doctor, but it wasn't the team doctor."

Of course, the follow-up question was whether or not Russell's current predicament involved his use of codeine, to which he answered, "No."

Russell additionally claimed he'd never heard the statement from the Raiders about how they "did all they could" for him, which is kind of amazing -- you'd have to have been absolutely donked out on codeine NOT to have heard what the Raiders said, particularly if it was about you .

But the larger point of the interview seemed to be that Russell (and whoever is running his PR machine) believes that by going on television and admitting what he did wrong in the past and then denying that he did what he's currently in trouble for, he stands a better chance at getting another shot with a football team.

Sadly, he's got enough raw talent that, eventually, he probably will.

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Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: August 13, 2010 12:58 pm

JaMarcus Russell admits failed test, codeine use

I REALLY hate to admit it, but when the Raiders drafted Russel number 1 I thought it was a great pick - the only pick they could make under the circumstances at the time. In college, Russel had shown a strong arm, good accuracy on long throws, some touch on short throws, and some quickness and toughness when he had to run. But his actions and comments right after he was drafted showed he worked hard in college (at football, not studies) only to get the big pay day in the draft. If I recall correctly, his first action and comment after the Raiders made the selection was  big fist pump and the words "Cha-ching". He had hit the Mega-Lotto and would never have to work another day in his life. That was the first indicator of his true nature. When he held out for a ridiculous contract that extended into the regular season, my feeling was that they should let him sit out the season and then trade his rights before the next draft if he wouldn't agree to something reasonable. Unfortunately, the Raiders gave in and the rest is history. By the middle of the following year, it became obvious that he was not going to put in any effort to get or stay in shape or try to develop as a pro QB. Everything he did on and off the field said "Just put me on the bench and pay me. I have no real interest in playing football." However, I think the "retard" comments are unwarranted - he was smart enough to fool the NFL scouts, the media, and especially the Raiders into thinking he had top potential. If the Raiders hadn't taken him number 1, I'm sure he would have gone in the top 3. He may try to get more money out some team, but whatever team takes him better sign him to a non-guaranteed minimum contract with incentives for the big money if he gets and stays in shape and performs on the field. That's the only way they will ever get any production out him, and probably not even then. (Not sure the incentives part is allowed in the NFL.) If some team signs him to a mutli-year deal at a normal backup QB salary, all that team will get is someone who wants to sit on the bench and get paid with no real interest in actually playing.

Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: August 13, 2010 12:52 pm

JaMarcus Russell admits failed test, codeine use

No real comment, just wondering why in the hell he has his lip poked out like someone just stole his lolly?!?

Since: Apr 13, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2010 12:19 pm

JaMarcus Russell admits failed test, codeine use

It appears that the gentleman is a member of some sort of club. Does anyone recognize the club heraldry on his waistcoat?

Since: Jan 29, 2010
Posted on: August 13, 2010 11:48 am

JaMarcus Russell admits failed test, codeine use

The guy is completely brain dead and talentless. It would not surprise me if he was legally retarded.
Well you cant put it any better than that. In order to play football in the NFL and enjoy any type of success you must possess some serious gray matter. Russell seems to make bad decisions even when he is not under pressure. When confronted with a defense that is audibling hee seems uncapable of changing the play pre-snap, much less during the play itself. He appears color-blind when actually throwing the ball and it often goes right into the bread basket of the opposing team. Dont get me wrong there are other QB's in the league with below average intelligence who still can be mildly successful. Vince Young is a perfect example. But obviouly Vince Young is at least slightly smarter than JaMarcus after all he still has a job.

Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2010 11:36 am

JaMarcus Russell admits failed test, codeine use


Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2010 11:24 am

JaMarcus Russell admits failed test, codeine use

Sadly, he's got enough raw talent
What??? I have never seen one ounce of talent in Russell. He was drafted because he can throw a football far. Thats not talent, thats just having a strong arm. The guy is completely brain dead and talentless. It would not surprise me if he was legally retarded. Im sure some dumba$$ team will give him another shot at some point out of sheer desperation, but he will never be a NFL caliber QB.

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