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Johnny Jolly gets 6 years in prison

Posted on: November 17, 2011 3:37 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2011 5:56 am
Posted by Will Brinson

Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly -- currently suspended indefinitely by the NFL -- received a six-year prison sentence for violation of his probation on Thursday.

Jolly was charged with possession of codeine in October (in addition to tampering with evidence) -- the third drug arrest for Jolly in three years. His most recent arrest violated the parole that spared Jolly jail time stemming from a charge in April.

The defensive lineman has been featured in numerous media interviews leading up to his verdict, in which he essentially filed an emotional public plea for another chance.

However Jolly, drafted in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Packers, has apparently run out of chances, at least for now. This is his final season under contract with the Packers and given his recent run of arrests, he may find it difficult to secure an early release from prison.

Jolly started 48 games for the Packers, including all 16 in 2008 and 2009, and recorded 77 tackles, two sacks, one interception and 17 pass deflections. He is eligible for parole after 14 months of his current sentence.

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Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: May 16, 2012 8:05 pm

Johnny Jolly gets 6 years in prison

How many of these guys cop out to being an addict when in reality they just like to have a good time?

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2011 6:57 pm

Johnny Jolly gets 6 years in prison

Plenty of time to convert to Islam.

Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 2:58 pm

Johnny Jolly gets 6 years in prison

Thanks marionc - agree with you.  twocoach also makes a good point regarding criminals.

jeffsmoker talked about legalizing marijuana but according to the article, Jolly was charged with possession of codeine and evidence tampering.  What does legalizing marijuana have to do with this case.  The simple truth is that people are responsible for their own actions (mental illness is an exception to this).  A pro athelete can afford to get the help he needs IF he wants to.

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2011 12:37 pm

Johnny Jolly gets 6 years in prison

jeffsmoker, Saying we should help addicts is one thing. Letting a millionaire football player go to rehab instead of prison because he chose not to go himself when he had THREE opportunities to do just that is another. I think our drug laws are largely ridiculous and counteractive, but we also shouldn't just give addicts a "pass" because they decided doing the drug was easier than finding help, which is available if you look. I understand some addiction, I've dealt with it myself...but the thing that doesn't help is continually telling people "it's not their fault." All that does is affirm their dependance on the drug, "it's wasn't up to you, it's the drug" doesn't help anyone get better, it gives them an excuse instead of taking accountability. It says "you can only quit with help" instead of saying "you can quit if you make better choices and start caring for yourself." You need to realize that no matter how much help you get, YOU are the only person that can make the changes to your lifestyle that will stop you from using.

I realize that they need help more than punishment, but without any punishment, there is much less deterrence from starting to use again. If you get constant support and help every time you screw up, why are you going to take control of your life and decide to change? Some people will realize that not being an addict is better, but many will just create an endless cycle of relapse...There are many things wrong with drug laws, but addicts need to be treated with care AND a stern reality. They are the ones that need to decide to change and no amount of free rehab will fix them if they don't.

Booga Ashamooga
Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 12:35 pm
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Since: Mar 9, 2009
Posted on: November 18, 2011 11:33 am

Johnny Jolly gets 6 years in prison

Perhaps he should have (or maybe he did and it didn't work) gotten rehab after his first two arrests. How many chances should you get to break the law and get help before you actually do the time? I am all for rehab, but after your 3rd arrest?? Jolly had his chances (two to be apparently) and he wasted them.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 11:14 am

Johnny Jolly gets 6 years in prison

Well Johnny Jolly will have time to get some more tattoos.

This guy needs rehab not time in prison.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2011 10:09 am

Johnny Jolly gets 6 years in prison

"There would no longer be Mexican drug Cartels and the crime rate would be reduced."

Criminals aren't going to just find an honest way of life. They will just move on to a different means of making crooked money. Legalize marijuana and Mexican Drug cartels will just start moving more cocaine and heroin and guns and humans. Be realistic.

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2011 10:08 am

Johnny Jolly gets 6 years in prison

Jeffsmoker, that's an excellent post, and a great idea!

Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2011 9:35 am

Johnny Jolly gets 6 years in prison

Why is it that addicts are sentenced to prison time rather than rehab?  It makes no sense.  One of the reasons the US is the leader in incarcerated individuals, especially a disproportionate number of people of color.  Legalize and regulate marijuana, and provide detox not prison for drug users.  Go hard after the dealers but help the addicts. 

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