Tag:Johnny Jolly
Posted on: November 17, 2011 3:37 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2011 5:56 am

Johnny Jolly gets 6 years in prison

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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Posted on: September 25, 2011 10:05 am
Edited on: September 25, 2011 10:57 am

Report: Benson files unfair labor practice charge

BensonPosted by Josh Katzowitz

In a somewhat weird story, CBSSports.com’s Ryan Wilson wrote Saturday about the supposed deal the NFLPA struck with the NFL in which the union agreed to allow the league to suspend eight players for actions that occurred during the lockout.

Among the names that Yahoo Sports reported that the league could suspend: Aqib Talib and Kenny Britt (though Roger Goodell, thus far, has not punished either), Cedric Benson, Albert Haynesworth, Brandon Underwood, Clark Haggans, Johnny Jolly and Adam Jones.

Apparently, Benson -- who already served only a few days of his 20-day jail sentence after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of assault -- isn’t a fan of that deal.

According to Pro Football Talk, Benson has filed a charge of unfair labor practice against the NFLPA.

Apparently, Benson didn’t know about the agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA -- which was signed, sealed and delivered in early August.

Benson is arguing to the National Labor Relations Board that the NFLPA wasn’t a union during the lockout -- the NFL and a group of retired players all have made the same claim in various lawsuits because, in fact, the NFLPA decertified before the lockout began and took great pains to announce that it no longer was a union -- and Benson also says that he wasn’t an employee of any team during the lockout. Benson reasons that he shouldn't be suspended for actions that occurred when he wasn't an employee of the NFL or of the Bengals.

It just goes to show that even though the lockout has ended and the union has reformed, not everybody is feeling such a sense of solidarity.

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Posted on: May 6, 2011 10:00 am

Packers don't show much interest in Jenkins

C. Jenkins probably won't return to Green Bay next year (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Even though he was willing to give the Packers a hometown discount, it appears likely that Packer DL Cullen Jenkins’ career in Green Bay is over. Which is unfortunate for him, because he and his family enjoy living in Green Bay and really wanted to stay.

But a combination of injuries in two of the past three seasons and the fact he’s 30 years old and with Mike Neal (who also, ahem, had his rookie season ruined last year by a torn rotator cuff injury) ready to step into the starting role, there doesn’t seem to be much interest on the Packers side in bringing him back.

“Heading into last year, I’ve always been up there and always been a Packer, and I wanted to stay a Packer,” Jenkins told Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee. “So we approached the team and wanted to get some type of security, some type of longer-term deal before the season so I would know I would be there. It wasn’t about money, it was about security, about trying to see if we could work something out.”

Wilde asked Jenkins - who would have cost Green Bay about $12 million in 2011 if it had franchise-tagged him – if he would have taken less money from the Packers to stay with the organization he’s been with since 2003.

“Yeah. That was the thought then,” he said. “I knew in going to them, I know Green Bay, I know the market, I know how they handle business, and the thought was if we could get something reasonable worked out, I knew I would take less than what I could’ve gotten in free agency. But they never approached me with anything and never got any type of negotiations going. It’s just how the business is. They had a lot of younger guys and felt they could move forward in that direction.”

Jenkins had one of his more productive seasons last year, despite missing five games with calf problems, as he totaled seven sacks. But considering the depth for Green Bay’s ends isn’t great – especially if Johnny Jolly and all of his off-the-field problems don’t return to the team – the Packers are taking a little bit of a gamble if they don’t bring back Jenkins.

“Throughout my whole career, I’ve had a great time in Green Bay,” Jenkins said. “The things that I‘ve gotten to experience … heck, I was given my opportunity in Green Bay. And although this whole thing with them not approaching me about a contract and things like that, that may not be the way I would have liked things to happen, you can’t base your whole experience with Green Bay off of that.”

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Posted on: April 21, 2011 2:06 pm

Jolly gets probation on drug plea

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In an almost unreal turn of events, Packers DL Johnny Jolly’s NFL prospects still are alive, even if they continue to remain on life support.

Jolly As the Associated Press reports, a judge in Houston has given Jolly probation for a guilty plea to a 2008 drug charge. And remember when he was arrested and charged with possession of Codeine last month? Well, that charge has been dropped, meaning he won’t have to worry about potentially spending 20 years in prison.

As part of the probation, Jolly also will receive drug treatment at a facility in Houston run by former NBA player and coach John Lucas.

Here’s hoping he gets himself straight before he tries to resume his NFL career (assuming that’s even possible).

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Posted on: March 30, 2011 1:14 pm

Johnny Jolly denied bail, will remain in jail

Posted by Andy Benoit
J. Jolly
Packers defensive end Johnny Jolly, who is almost certainly soon to become “former Packers defensive end Johnny Jolly” will be spending the next three weeks locked up. Jolly, as you know, was arrested on possession of a controlled substance in Houston last week.

Jolly appeared in court Wednesday and was denied bail. Thus, he’ll remain in custody until his next court date, April 20 (ironic date for a drug-related case).

Police officers last week arrested Jolly after finding a bottle containing 600 grams of codeine (aka Purple Drank) and another containing an unidentified substance under the seats of his car.

Jolly was suspended by Roger Goodell for all of the 2010 season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Last August, Jolly settled drug charges for a separate incident in 2008 in which he was arrested for having 200 grams of codeine. Jolly made a deal with prosecutors that allowed him to avoid felony trial as long as he stayed out of trouble for the next year. Oops.

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Posted on: March 25, 2011 2:29 pm

Johnny Jolly arrested again on drug possession

J. Jolly was arrested again on drug charges. Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Packers DT Johnny Jolly missed all of last year, because the NFL suspended him for the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. More importantly, he didn’t have to face up to 20 years in prison on a drug possession charge because he pleaded guilty and entered a diversion program.

Last month, Jolly filled out reinstatement paperwork with the league so he could attempt to resume his career, and it sounded like the Packers would welcome him back as long as he remained drug-free.

Looks like he hit a roadbump this morning when, according to CBS Houston, he was arrested for drug possession again.

According to the report, Houston police stopped his Cadillac Escalade for a traffic violation at 12:45 a.m. After he presented them with a state ID card instead of a driver’s license, officers learned his license had been suspended. Then, they searched his car and allegedly found 600 grams of Codeine and another unidentified substance.

Possession of Codeine is a felony, and if police found enough drugs, he could be charged with intent to distribute.

Forget his career, for a second. It sounds like Jolly could well be on his way to doing some real time in prison.

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Posted on: February 11, 2011 11:32 pm

Johnny Jolly applies for reinstatement

Posted by Andy Benoit

Remember Johnny Jolly? The budding defensive end for the Packers who got suspended indefinitely for substance abuse infractions this past offseason? As expected, he wants back in.
J. Jolly (US Presswire)
Jolly’s agent, Brian Overstreet, told Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette that his client is in the process of filing reinstatement paperwork with the NFL. In handing out the suspension, Roger Goodell told Jolly that he could apply for reinstatement after the Super Bowl (little did Jolly know at the time that what Goodell could have said was, “You can apply for reinstatement after your team wins a Super Bowl without you.”)

Because he signed his one-year RFA offer last offseason, Jolly remains under contract with the Packers. Obviously, they don’t have a dire need for his services, but with Cullen Jenkins’ looming free agency, GM Ted Thompson could view Jolly as a more cost-effective end. (Then again, ’10 second-round pick Mike Neal is also waiting in the wings.)

Demovsky was told by a team source that the Packers would welcome Jolly back – as long as he’s clean. “They’ve been very supportive of him this whole ride,” Overstreet said. “So I’d be surprised if that didn’t happen. But you know, Johnny realizes that he has some responsibilities in this and to make sure that he does that. But they’ve been nothing but supportive of Johnny his entire career, even with this.”

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Posted on: August 3, 2010 6:42 pm

Johnny Jolly catches a break

After countless delays and postponements in Johnny Jolly’s felony drug trial, the end result for the Packers defensive lineman is a softball plea deal. Jolly was charged with possession of codeine and was facing up to 20 years behind bars. But Packers Rapid Reporter Greg Bedard says Jolly will enter a diversion program, which essentially means that if he stays out of trouble for a year, he’s off the hook. J. Jolly (US Presswire)

Jolly is still suspended by the NFL for the 2010 season. The suspension is for violating the substance abuse policy. Roger Goodell will re-evaluate Jolly’s situation after the season. Don’t be surprised if the Packers ultimately part ways with Jolly. In April they drafted Mike Neal in the second round and they’re expecting of-injured former first-rounder Justin Harrell to finally contribute. Neal and Harrell will come off the bench behind Ryan Pickett and Cullen Jenkins, two excellent starters.

--Andy Benoit 

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