In September 2009, Greg Riot wrote a column in Bleacher Report about how he sensed that then-Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell was another bust in the making. Turned out he was right - but even more so than he dreamed. For when JaMarcus Russell's NFL career was finally and mercifully put to sleep by Oakland on May 6th 2009, he had not quite hit bottom.
Now he has hit bottom. Russell was arrested at his home in Alabama on Monday July 5th, 2010 and has been charged with possession of a controlled substance -- codeine syrup. The 24-year-old former LSU star and the No. 1 draft choice of the Raiders in 2007 was arrested as part of an undercover narcotics investigation, according to Mobile County Sheriff's spokeswoman Lori Myles. She would not say what led to his arrest, but did say Russell did not have a prescription for the codeine. Russell, who graduated from high school in Mobile, was booked into the city jail and released soon afterward on $2,500 bond. He's scheduled to make his first court appearance on July 20th.
When selected as the number one draft choice in 2007 by the Raiders, Marcus was presented as the "savior" of the Oakland Raiders. This new Negro "superjock" was going to lead the Silver & Black straight to the promised land all by himself - or so he presented himself. During his first season, Russell made the Raiders beg and grovel for his services, holding out through training camp and into the first week of the 2007 NFL season until September 12th when he finally signed a six-year contract worth up to $68 million, with $31.5 million guaranteed. He played only sporadically and sparingly for the rest of the year.
In 2008, Russell showed some signs of life, completing 53.8 percent of his passes for 2,423 yards, 13 touchdowns and 8 interception, for a credible 77.1 percent rating. But in 2009, "Supergroid" took a big step backward, completing only 48.8 percent of his passes for 1,287 yards, 3 touchdowns and 11 interceptions for an abysmal 50.0 rating. For his career, he won only seven of his 25 starts, completing just 52.1 percent of his passes in his career with 18 touchdowns, 23 interceptions, 15 lost fumbles and a passer rating of 65.2. All told, those numbers cost the Raiders $36.4 million through the end of the 2009 season. They still owe him $3 million more but saved $6.45 million releasing him before the start of the 2010 season. View his career stats HERE.
Ironically, Bleacher Report published another article on May 6th, 2009, recommending that five different NFL teams, to include the Arizona Cardinals, the Buffalo Bills, the Indianapolis Colts, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Tennessee Titans, consider signing him. That's unlikely to occur now.
This is why we call the NFL the National Felon League. O.J. Simpson, Lawrence Taylor, Michael Vick, JaMarcus Russell...the list of black NFL felons continues to grow. This is what you get in exchange for watching these "heroes" and buying their souvenirs, White man. How long will you subsidize them? Just think how many White families with unemployed breadwinners could have benefited from that $36.4 million.
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