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Chargers safety busted with 100 Vicodin pills

KeithEllisonMugshot.pngLess than a month after the Saints found themselves facing allegations regarding the misuse and/or abuse of Vicodin by two members of the coaching staff, the Chargers have a player who faces criminal charges of possession of the powerful pain medication.

After being stopped for speeding in the vicinity of the high school he once attended, police found 100 Vicodin pills in the vehicle driven by safety Kevin Ellison.  He was released on $10,000 bail.

Ellison, a sixth-round pick in the 2009 draft, started nine games as a rookie in San Diego.  He attended USC.

His brother, Keith, plays linebacker for the Bills.

Several years ago, another Chargers safety, Terrence Kiel, was charged with shipping codeine-laced cough syrup to Houston.  Kiel later died in an automobile accident.

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39 Responses to “Chargers safety busted with 100 Vicodin pills”
  1. GBfanForever says: May 25, 2010 7:10 AM

    The vikings need a safety. I’ll bet BF is lobbying hard to trade for this guy immediately.

  2. joetoronto says: May 25, 2010 7:23 AM

    So on top of it all, he’s speeding through a school zone, nice.
    Moron.

  3. Its Me Bob D says: May 25, 2010 7:24 AM

    Here we go. Once again america will prove that if you have money, you wont do time. I would be a months pay that he doesnt do a single day in prison for this, he is going to get 3 years prohbation or some garbage because hes a famous athlete.

  4. jerseykingpin says: May 25, 2010 7:26 AM

    He was driving back from N O after copping from the saints . It was a cop and rat deal . The Saints called the cops after Ellison stoped by the the coaches room and picked up 100 pills and left.

  5. NancyB says: May 25, 2010 7:35 AM

    Some doctors can now treat painkiller and heroin addiction in the privacy of their office with a monthly prescription of buprenorphine (Suboxone/Subutex). Bupe is abuse resistant and has a ceiling to its effects making accidental fatal overdoses unlikely. It also blocks other opioids for days, and is not euphoric to people tolerant to opioids. It has enough opioid effect to stop cravings and withdrawal allowing the patient and their family to make the necessary changes that will translate to sustained addiction remission.
    TreatmentMatch.org is a free service from the non-profit organization – National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment (NAABT.org) it is a confidential way to find doctors certified to treat opioid addiction in their office.


    Learn more about buprenorphine at naabt.org or talk with patients at AddictionSurvivors.org

  6. Tom says: May 25, 2010 7:35 AM

    Depending on how much he plays if he will be be given a pass on jail time.

  7. Rev. Dr. HollywoodWags says: May 25, 2010 7:49 AM

    What about the NFL shield man! Don’t besmirch the Shield!

  8. Toombs says: May 25, 2010 7:53 AM

    Dummy!

  9. Dapollock says: May 25, 2010 7:57 AM

    Reset the clock!

  10. ampats says: May 25, 2010 8:16 AM

    Seems to be alot of drugs, steriods and alcohol issues with Pete Carroll’s former USC players.
    Not to mention that multitude of other accusions out there.
    As they say where there is smoke, there is fire.

  11. DG0122 says: May 25, 2010 8:26 AM

    I was prescribed Vicodin after ACL reconstruction several years ago, and that crap was horrible. It gave me the most bizarre dreams (when I could sleep) and I felt like tarantulas were crawling on me. I stopped after about 3 doses and threw that crap out

  12. strctlylo says: May 25, 2010 8:27 AM

    did this guy have 100 pills just laying on the front seat of his car? how did the cops find the pills? search of the vehicle for speeding? sounds like the police might once again be overstepping their boundaries.

  13. mikeyclaw says: May 25, 2010 8:32 AM

    This program is made possible by the USC Trojans, Pete Carroll, and viewers like you.
    Idiot!

  14. Empire Jones says: May 25, 2010 9:06 AM

    Why is 100 Vicodins a big deal? Wouldn’t a normal script be for that amount? The normal doseage is 1-2 pills every 4-6 hours right? So what would a week or two for pain be?
    Is 100 really out of line?

  15. Dude17 says: May 25, 2010 9:08 AM

    Agree with @strctlyo. The Supreme Court had a ruling on police searches of cars recently. Hmm… what was that decision again? Oh yeah, they need to have a justifiable reason beyond the traffic stop to search the car.
    I bet the evidence gets tossed in pre-trial motions and charges are then dropped.

  16. BroncosfanBR says: May 25, 2010 9:18 AM

    Charges will be dropped, illegal search and seizure, violated his rights….on to the next one.
    I’m beginning to wonder just how many players from Pete Carroll’s old USC teams have/had drug issues.

  17. Ron says: May 25, 2010 9:20 AM

    Lawyer up sounds like
    his rights were violated

  18. polakojones says: May 25, 2010 9:24 AM

    NancyB says:
    May 25, 2010 7:35 AM
    Some doctors can now treat painkiller and heroin addiction in the privacy of their office with a monthly prescription of buprenorphine (Suboxone/Subutex). Bupe is abuse resistant and has a ceiling to its effects making accidental fatal overdoses unlikely. It also blocks other opioids for days, and is not euphoric to people tolerant to opioids. It has enough opioid effect to stop cravings and withdrawal allowing the patient and their family to make the necessary changes that will translate to sustained addiction remission.
    TreatmentMatch.org is a free service from the non-profit organization – National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment (NAABT.org) it is a confidential way to find doctors certified to treat opioid addiction in their office.


    Learn more about buprenorphine at naabt.org or talk with patients at AddictionSurvivors.org
    ————————————————–
    Subutex gives you withdrawls worse than the narcotics. Its trading one monkey for another. It is also harder to kick Subutex than the actual narcotic….its not a fun place to be..

  19. paleandpasty says: May 25, 2010 9:31 AM

    I think that 85% of the drug bust that I see come from a schmuck who gets caught because he is speeding. You have to love stupid people.

  20. WarrenMoonGOAT says: May 25, 2010 9:53 AM

    he’ll get cut then by the end of this month he’ll be a Bengal

  21. Cornerdenizen says: May 25, 2010 9:58 AM

    Um, vicodin is a pain killer. And Kevin Ellison is a professional football player. You know that sport where people run into one another at full speed, often times incurring life long injuries?
    Come on, even the haters around here know the difference between vicodin and, I dont know… cocaine.

  22. Lets have a warm LT welcome says: May 25, 2010 10:12 AM

    hmmm

  23. Roethlisberger's Bitch Tits says: May 25, 2010 10:24 AM

    WarrenMoonGOAT:
    Lmao…..Don’t you have a wife to beat? He who lives without sin should cease to cast the first stone. Go have a few drinks and drive home….oh you already have done that.

  24. Y2Cale says: May 25, 2010 10:24 AM

    There’s a team just north of your current location that would love to talk about acquiring your services.

  25. irishsamurai says: May 25, 2010 10:31 AM

    a normal monthly rx is usually 120 tabs a month,dont understand what the big deal is here

  26. jimicos says: May 25, 2010 11:17 AM

    He didn’t have a prescription for it. That’s why it’s a big deal. Read the article.

  27. DB26 says: May 25, 2010 11:18 AM

    @ NancyB
    If your going to advertise that, you may want to reference the fact that what you’re suggesting is also an addictive substance, therefore taking an addict from one addiction to another.
    It works, but you have to be weened off of this medication just like you would anything else. No different than being on vicodin and the doctor weening you off of them.

  28. It puts the lotion on the skin says: May 25, 2010 11:52 AM

    # Empire Jones says: May 25, 2010 9:06 AM
    Why is 100 Vicodins a big deal? Wouldn’t a normal script be for that amount? The normal doseage is 1-2 pills every 4-6 hours right? So what would a week or two for pain be?
    Is 100 really out of line?
    __________________________________
    I find it hard to believe he would have been arrested, for carrying around a legit drug script….just saying

  29. iTorrey says: May 25, 2010 12:01 PM

    Libertarian speaking….
    1. Was he on the drug while driving?
    2. If yes, was he impaired? I have a pretty high tolerance for Vicodin myself and taking one 500mg pill doesn’t impair me so even if he was ‘on it’ was that the result of his speeding?
    3. How far over the limit was he speeding?
    4. Why did the officer suspect there was something in the car worth searching? I recently was pulled over and the cop just asked me for my license and registration and insurance and told me he got me for speeding and was going to come back with a ticket. Why was this different?
    5. Is the policeman a doctor or pharmacist? Regardless of the man’s not have a prescription for this drug the article states “it was an unusually large amount of pills for a pharmacist to distribute”. That is a judgement call. Given that people in extreme pain can be told to take two pills every four to six hours the number of pills doesn’t seem that excessive. Again, I recognize he didn’t have a prescription but the officer’s statement is a judgement call that is wrong.
    Finally: He is an athlete who is subjected to a lot of pain for the viewing pleasure of people like the officer that arrested him. Why does this man not have a natural right to heal his pain as long as he doesn’t take away the liberty of any others while doing so? It’s ok for him to go and buy 10 kegs of beer and go home and chug them right? Why is this different?
    This man shouldn’t do a minute of time. Take away that I don’t think that drugs should be illegal and that only actions should be illegal if they take away the liberty of others or severely endanger the liberty of others and let’s assume that I agree that the drugs should only be given out by a doctor.
    The drugs are addictive and even people on doctor’s orders get addicted (and then begin seeking). He should be treated for drug addiction and that’s all. Why should he spend time behind bars when he harmed nobody and took the liberty away from nobody?

  30. 619CHARGERS310 says: May 25, 2010 1:08 PM

    WOW from a Chargers fans… This just open the door for our rookie safety. Its your to take Darrell Stuckey.

  31. Russ says: May 26, 2010 7:30 AM

    Empire Jones is right. I used to take Vicodin ES to control a very painful back injury and was prescribed 120 pills (4 pills per day for 30 days)
    monthly.
    The police statement that 100+ Vicodin is an unusually high number of pills for a pharmacist to distribute is a grossly incorrect statement that borders on the ignorant.

  32. whocares says: May 26, 2010 8:44 AM

    Really iTorrey? Must not be a parent..
    1) Doesn’t matter, no prescription to have the controlled substance.
    2) Doesn’t matter. See #1.
    3) Doesn’t matter, the posted limit is the law. Go over it and you are breaking the law.
    4) Just because you weren’t recently asked by an officer in your area for anything other than your license and registration does not mean an officer from a different area would not ask if there is anything illegal in the car.
    The fact he was in a school zone (usually kids in those areas) when he got pulled over might have made him act oddly or maybe he was questioned on his intentions there and had no good reason.
    Who knows how or why .. it wasn’t told in the article and is pure speculation at this point.
    5) Doesn’t matter, see #1.
    He is an athlete making millions, playing football on a pro team that I am sure caters to it’s players. Are you telling me he couldn’t get himself a prescription for the pills? If he needs them, be like everyone else and get a script from one of the numerous team doctors you have access to.
    Plus, if he was an addict he would fail his mandatory random drug tests if he was on them.
    As for your question on why he can chug kegs of beer. He can do that because it is legal, that is why it is different.
    Bottom line, controlled substance and speeding in a SCHOOL ZONE. He should face whatever the penalty is for breaking the laws.
    There are laws for a reason and if you can’t follow them, you should be arrested.
    It humors me how people get so mad about all the laws until they need them to benefit themselves, then they are the greatest things ever put into place… hypocrites.

  33. leedanna says: May 26, 2010 9:44 AM

    For Torrey(FYI) If you took 500mg of vicodin you would probably be dead.If you look on the bottle you will see it say’s 5/500 thats means 5mg of vicodin and 500mg of asprin or some other buffer. Same thing with a 7.5/750 that means 7.5mg of vicodin 750mg of asprin or buffer.So dont pump yourself all up just because you can take one 5mg vicodin and you can handle it that’s not a big dose.

  34. Eds View says: May 26, 2010 12:40 PM

    After reading the comments left by readers regardng this situation, I don’t see any reason why there should be a court appearance. Many have found the accused inocent – even without knowing the facts of the case. A pre-requsite to being a good jurist.
    Some of you also show the legal knowledge, that takes a police officer months of training to learn, to declare a person’s rights when stopped for violating the law.
    Does this mean we now can reduce our law enforcement and legal strength and save some money?

  35. aladin says: May 26, 2010 4:43 PM

    i dont understand why that guy got busted for carrieng pain pills , does not make sense . i am very sure the way the have to play the be hurting at the end of the game . the dident say that he was selling them . that would be a diferend story , but its not illigal to carry pain medication where ever you go ,millions of people do that . and the dont get pulled over .

  36. jimicos says: May 26, 2010 7:27 PM

    iTorrey says:
    May 25, 2010 12:01 PM
    He is an athlete who is subjected to a lot of pain for the viewing pleasure of people like the officer that arrested him. Why does this man not have a natural right to heal his pain as long as he doesn’t take away the liberty of any others while doing so? It’s ok for him to go and buy 10 kegs of beer and go home and chug them right? Why is this different?
    ————————-
    It’s different because you don’t need a prescription for beer. Do you really need this to be explained?

  37. Justice 4 All says: May 26, 2010 11:22 PM

    Speeding+Black Male = Search of Vehicle?
    100 vicodin—– does not equal someone using a non-Rx opiate. Of course the copes report is going to state the driver “consented” to a search of his vehicle.
    Thank god for the 4th Amendment-
    Justice will reveal

  38. This is not news says: May 27, 2010 3:01 PM

    I wonder if the 100 pills were visible, and if not then what was the probable cause to search the car? If there were someone familiar with the law that wrote articles for this site, you might expect that information to be available.

  39. harold says: May 27, 2010 7:34 PM

    Hey, I am a Sports Fan (Freak).
    So whats the big deal?

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