Johnny Jolly will miss all of 2010, maybe more

Greg Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the NFL has suspended Packers defensive end Johnny Jolly for the entire 2010 season.  According to Bedard, the league’s ban on Jolly has been formally characterized as “indefinite.”

Jolly violated league policy by allegedly “buying, selling, funding, transporting and aiding in the buying, selling, funding and transportation of illegal narcotics including cocaine and marijuana” from 2006 through May of 2008.

Though the NFL ultimately decided to suspend Jolly before his legal situation played out in court, the Packers’ offseason moves suggest they knew a lengthy ban was coming.  Jolly was demoted out of the starting lineup in June, and replaced by converted nose tackle Ryan Pickett.  2009 first-round draft pick B.J. Raji is the new starting nose.
Jolly’s loss can’t help from a depth standpoint, but the Packers also took steps to shore that up by using a second-round pick on Mike Neal, and a seventh-rounder on C.J. Wilson.
The suspension doesn’t downgrade Green Bay’s promising outlook for 2010.

111 responses to “Johnny Jolly will miss all of 2010, maybe more

  1. Wow. I didn’t expect that. Oh well, I support the suspension fully. Don’t want to be suspended? Don’t do stupid shit.

  2. I think the Packers knew this was coming and that’s why they drafted Mike Neal and CJ Wilson.

  3. What exactly am i missing…..how can that be, the entire season???? isnt this his first offense and hasnt his trial been postponed?

  4. You have to figure that the Packers saw this coming, considering that they moved Pickett to DE opposite Jenkins, and drafted tw0 5-tech prospects in the 2010 draft (including a premium 2nd round pick). I think they would have rather cut ties after getting one more year out of him (it would have been silly not to at least tender him since he was productive and it was cheap), but I don’t think any hearts are broken in Green Bay.

  5. Ouch. Seems a bit severe. Granted, he was due to get some sort of suspension, but that doesn’t always mean anything. (CoughWilliamsesCough.)Luckily Thompson, despite being the worst GM in history, seemed to see this coming and drafted a couple of promising DLinemen.

  6. Good!
    Cue the Packer Fans!!!!!
    Time to make this look like he did nothing and blame the Vikings for the worlds problems!!!!!

  7. Good thing he didn’t rape anyone, only woulda been a few games.
    Bye bye Jolly, we hardly knew ye.

  8. I haven’t seen this many issues within an organization since the Eastern Iran adopted ‘Bear Force One’ as their official theme song.

  9. First of all Florio keeps rubbing Favre in their faces then the news about their financial crisis and now this! OUCH!!!

  10. Tough luck for Jolly but he had to see that one coming. He got what he deserved.
    The Pack will be OK without him.

  11. There’s NO way this is only about his upcomming trial. He must have failed a drug test later down the line that has not been made public yet. If so………..good. The Packers (and NFL) don’t need losers like this.

  12. HHmmm, he must have been into more than the purple drank–that’s a pretty severe punishment.

  13. Nothing but freaking criminals on this team.
    So much for him not being found guilty. Might not have been in the courts, but GOOdell probaly has a little more info on this than we do.
    No wonder he wasn’t in a hurry to sign his tender, he knew he was giving it all away anyway.
    The POS deserves what he gets.

  14. In two days, 2 Packers in news for drug trafficing and taxes, and they want to host a Super Bowl?? Packers need to move now!!!

  15. Going to be tough for the Pack to pick up from last year down a starter. Good thing A Rodg will throw 40+ TDs. Does Green Bay still have Justin Harrell? LOL!

  16. I wonder if the impact on the Pack is as little as you suggest? At a minimum, doesn’t it affect their backups?

  17. And in other news…….Green Bay Packers announce that child molesting Mark Chmura will be added to the Packers Hall of Fame.

  18. Im getting so desperate to watch football…..im actually letting the computer VS the computer go at it on madden. And i watch.

  19. However, if this isn’t a suspension based on a failed drug test and is totally predicated on his up-comming trial Goodell will have egg all over his face if Jolly is found not guilty.

  20. “The suspension doesn’t downgrade Green Bay’s promising outlook for 2010.”
    All you have to worry about. Raji will be a great second year player and hopefully fill the shoes.

  21. Before the toxic trolls start sending their vitriol, this is the most important comment:
    “The suspension doesn’t downgrade Green Bay’s promising outlook for 2010.”

  22. “Evpimp says:
    July 16, 2010 4:07 PM
    Good!
    Cue the Packer Fans!!!!!
    Time to make this look like he did nothing and blame the Vikings for the worlds problems!!!!!”
    Judging from the GB fan reaction on here so far you look like you’re wrong, aye? I think most Packer fans realize what he did was idiotic and support his punishment.
    With that said, I don’t think the punishment was too severe, but I do the the NFL may have may it longer than suspected in order to make an example of Jolly and send the message that sizzurp won’t be tolerated in the NFL, especially with Russell’s recent incidnet.

  23. where did all the trafficking come from?? i thought he was only found with some codeine in a cup of soda? indefinite suspension for drinking some cough syrup in soda seems a bit much especially with no prior convictions and not being found guilty yet. Meanwhile, Roethlisberger has his third accusation of rape, third payoff, and will only miss like four games. Lets see that’s 1.33 games per girl raped compared to 16+ games per purple drank. Not saying drugs are not a serious offense, but where is the logic in this??

  24. That’s pretty damn harsh even for a Packer. Rothlisberger assaults two women and he gets 6 games, while Jolly is charged with possession with intent to distribute codine and he gets a year? Was there other bad crap this guy did previously?

  25. Evpimp says:
    July 16, 2010 4:07 PM
    Good!
    Cue the Packer Fans!!!!!
    Time to make this look like he did nothing and blame the Vikings for the worlds problems!!!!!
    ___________________________________
    Looks like you missed the boat on that call..
    Lot’s of Vike fans chiming in though, so all is not totally lost

  26. “va4favre says:
    July 16, 2010 4:22 PM
    I wonder if the impact on the Pack is as little as you suggest? At a minimum, doesn’t it affect their backups?

    Packers have very good depth at DE. Raji, Ryan Picket, Justin Harrell, Cullen Jenkins, Jarious Wynn, CJ Wilson and Mike Neal can all play DE.

  27. What HORRIBLE news for the Packers! Jolly was pretty good. Is this all part of the Favre curse???

  28. Assuming that even a portion of those charges are true – and I think all of them will be found to be true in greater or lesser degree, I’m glad the League did this.
    I’m a GB fan and I’ll miss JJ’s contributions in every game all season long and maybe longer, but I want the League to start handing out punishments aimed at getting felonious activities of all kinds, out of the game. I don’t know if such a battle can be won, but if these things are blown off, they will continue. That hurts the game and, I believe, far more people than we think about when we just read the headlines.
    Might be a good idea for RG to make a public statement with every suspension or other sanction handed down, to hammer home what’s wrong about what’s been done, and why he’s chosen the punishment he has. And it would be good if commentators on radio, TV, in the blogs, or anywhere else occasionally mention the extent of the victimization of these offenses – who that cocaine might have reached. In Jolly’s case (again, assuming the charges are true). he appears to have been involved from Point A to Point Z. Stains everybody. Appalling.

  29. twizzlystick says:
    July 16, 2010 4:11 PM
    First of all Florio keeps rubbing Favre in their faces then the news about their financial crisis and now this! OUCH!!!
    ————————
    Rubbing Favre in their faces? You mean like this?


  30. I’m a little bit worried about Bob Nelson, he was already really upset about the Packers financial meltdown and now this. JimmySmith too. It’s hard to know how upset footballrulz is cause he’s always upset.

  31. So he might do some time, huh? I, for one, would not wanna go to prison & meet a man named Johnny Jolly.

  32. He got what he deserved. I would rather have him face the consequences rather than try to hide behind the skirt of a state court judge. Players have to realize that they are not above the law and the team cannot be seen as enablers of poor behavior by hiding them from justice.

  33. Jolly violated the Personal Conduct Policy by allegedly “buying, selling, funding, transporting and aiding in the buying, selling, funding and transportation of illegal narcotics including cocaine and marijuana” from 2006 through May of 2008.
    ………………………………………….
    given the amount of money they make & the thug lifestyle many live this is probably the tip of the iceberg…I imagine quite a few NFL players are investing their money funding drug operations…
    @ CutlerIsACryBaby :
    he’s not but you sure are
    at the top of the page click the about tab & you will get a drop down menu

  34. twizzlystick says:
    July 16, 2010 4:34 PM
    What HORRIBLE news for the Packers! Jolly was pretty good. Is this all part of the Favre curse???
    Horrible news? He was a back-up DE, who’s stupid head-butt on Chestor Taylor in the redzone costed the Packers dearly vs the Queens. I’d call it unfortunate, but horrible is a huge stretch. There are plenty of guys who cal fill his shoes.

  35. I understand Silva pretending that a defense that gave up over 50 pts in the playoffs and didn’t get any pass rushing help in the draft or free agency won’t be hurt by losing a starter on the D-Line, Packer fans have been getting hit with so much bad news already and you don’t want to be responsible for pushing anyone over the edge.
    But I just think it’s better for them to face facts, go through the grieving process and start to heal. This is a just another huge off season blow to the Packers.

  36. twizzlystick says:
    July 16, 2010 4:09 PM
    WOW!!! It just seems like the Packers are so cursed! What next???
    ——————-
    Good question. Ummm.. Favre comes back to the Packers and loses more big games for them? Ouch, that would stink.

  37. “CutlerIsACryBaby says:
    someone PLEASE tell me what the email address is to email here!!”
    Depends where you are.

  38. I guess his multi million dollar deal wasn’t enough money for him. You can take the dawg out of the hood but you cant take the hood out of the dawg

  39. HE WAS FUNDING A DRUG RING, AND SOME PEOPLE THINK THE PUNISHMENT IS TO HARSH????
    YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME. I DON’T THINK THAT WHAT VICK DID WAS PROPER, BUT IT WASN’T A DRUG RING THAT COULD DESTROY COUNTLESS FAMILIES. WHAT BEN DID WAS ALSO HORRIBLE, BUT IT WASN’T AN ONGOING DRUG RING THAT HE WAS PROFITING FROM.
    JOLLY WILL HAVE WAY BIGGER THINGS TO WORRY ABOUT THAN THE NFL. THE IRS DOESN’T LIKE WHEN DRUG DEALERS DON’T PAY TAXES.

  40. We are prepared (moved 340 lb DT Ryan Pickett over to Jolly’s spot a few months ago / Drafted DE Mike Neal in the 2nd / Drafted DE CJ Wilson in the sixth. Still, the whole year?
    The Williams sisters get away scott-free?
    Roger Goodell, meet fairness, fairness, Goodell.

  41. Thankfully we have Justin Harrell to fill in !!!!
    Umm, that was sarcasm by the way !

  42. He’s an idiot for funding a drug operation when he is an NFL player. You gotta cut those folks loose once you get into the game. You GOT to. You can’t play Tony Montana AND play DL in the NFL, too.

  43. BrentFavre, how was he a backup? Your starting line was Jolly, Pickett and Jenkins. Jolly was really good from what I saw, great run stuffer and always batting down balls.

  44. Bob Nelson, you out there somewhere?
    We are waiting…
    C’mon, serve up one of your morally indignant sermons now you self-righteous hypocrite.
    ____________________________________
    Jimmy Smith – Nice defensive lob back over the net. Seriously. I thought you played that one well. Respect.

  45. If he’s guilty, by all means, throw the book at him.
    However, going by the wording of the cited article:
    “Bedard explains that the evidence comes from a witness who will testify that Jolly funded drug deals. Bedards also writes of a possibility that Jolly could face federal charges in this regard.”
    It looks like the Houston prosecutor has one(!) witness–one who would have intimate knowledge of (i.e., be directly involved in) these alleged drug transactions. Can you say, “plea bargain” witness? That puts the both the individual’s character and the testimony in question right there. You put enough heat on most people they’ll roll and sing any song you want.
    Think they should have held judgment until this played out in court.

  46. # purpleguy says: July 16, 2010 4:30 PM
    That’s pretty damn harsh even for a Packer. Rothlisberger assaults two women and he gets 6 games, while Jolly is charged with possession with intent to distribute codine and he gets a year? Was there other bad crap this guy did previously?
    Never read anything about codeine. It was about cocaine+.

  47. Contra
    Don’t address me unless I address you first!!
    Now STFU & go make me cheeseburger.

  48. Occam says:
    July 16, 2010 4:51 PM
    “CutlerIsACryBaby says:
    someone PLEASE tell me what the email address is to email here!!”
    Depends where you are
    ___________________________________
    Well played!!

  49. Cincinnasty says:
    July 16, 2010 4:47 PM
    Okay when he’s re-instated we will take him for a minimum.. This is how we do it..
    ———————————————-
    Sorry – the Queens will sign him. They take all of our ex-players. That’s how they do it…

  50. This is a big loss for the Packers.
    Woe is me.
    The season is swirling around the drain pipe.
    The Pack is heading for the bottom of the NFC North.
    Any team they manage to beat next season must be even more pathetic!
    Cancel the season!
    Turn in the season tickets.
    The end is near.
    Pervy is right.
    All those Vikings geniuses were right all along.
    Good grief.
    Dumb move by a gifted ballplayer.

  51. Packer Fans…Have a Johnny Jolly Christmas…It’s the best time of the year…I don’t know where you’ll get your snow…at least you got your beer!

  52. Ooops!! Jolly did play decent when playing time was given to him, good at knocking down passes and keeping the DL fresh. However he has been injured a bit (probably why he needs to drink liquid pain killers, or he just likes getting Jolly), it doesn’t really surprise me. Besides this is a back up DL. There are many more suspensions that will have far more impact on different teams. Obviously there are some blanks that need feeling. After all look how long in took the league to suspend Cushing after testing positive in the beigining of last season from what I recall.

  53. Really not a story to us Viking fans….with or without Jolly the Packers are doomed. Favre is coming back and with 2 more beatdowns of the Pack…..the whole state of WI is going to go off the deep end. Theft,foreclosure,rape,murder,spousal abuse,alcohol and drug addiction….will run wild . I almost….feel for….scratch that..HAHAHAHA

  54. How can this season possibly get worse for the Packers? Are the Matthews rumors gonna turn out to be true and he gets suspended for steroids?

  55. Totally agree with this ruling.
    Being a Packers fan I will be rooting and hoping for the Packers to figure out a way to replace his skills defending the run, disrupting the pass and head butting the other team after stoping them on 3rd down.
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2009/11/01/fourth-down-try-gives-vikings-the-lead/
    One man does not make a team. Packers need to move on with the thinking he’s just had a career injury.
    That injury that they’ve known about since July 2008, when this whole thing started, that is. I think they covered their loss since then.

  56. “Baron_Rodgers says:
    July 16, 2010 4:20 PM
    Going to be tough for the Pack to pick up from last year down a starter. Good thing A Rodg will throw 40+ TDs. Does Green Bay still have Justin Harrell? LOL!

    I’m not sure. Last I heard Harrell was working out with Dimitrius Underwood!!! LOL,LOL!!!

  57. Big Packers fan, not too worried about this… he’s always been an idiot. Played pretty well given a chance but I don’t think a lot of his teammates are too shook up. There’s been some rumors about ‘this’ for quite some time.
    I was shocked when we took a DL 2nd round but it definitely makes a ton more sense in retrospect. TT must have known something — and to think, Mike Neal, definitely not a Jolly Jolly type. Almost the anti JJ.

  58. “twizzlystick says:
    July 16, 2010 5:49 PM
    How can this season possibly get worse for the Packers? Are the Matthews rumors gonna turn out to be true and he gets suspended for steroids?

    hmm….
    Brett Favre could come back to the Packers….
    You like to talk of the Favre curse…. you’ve convinced me there is one.
    I’ve seen him single handedly end his team’s playoff run pretty much 14 years in a row. It seems that Favre has a habit of losing all brain function for a period of at least 2 plays during the most critical stretches of the most critical games. It’s been happening for quite some time now. He must be cursed.

  59. Somebody needs to put an APB out for bob nelson…..he’ll wait until the story dies down before he starts spouting off his nonsense.

  60. jrmbadger says: July 16, 2010 9:07 PM
    You like to talk of the Favre curse…. you’ve convinced me there is one.
    I’ve seen him lead the Packers for 18 years, to playoff wins and a Super Bowl trophy, and in all that time only 1 losing season.
    And in the 2 years he’s been gone I’ve already seen a losing season… 0 division crowns… 0 playoff wins… revenues plunging into the red… we truly must be cursed.

  61. I love the Jolly punishment. The guy’s a turd and it’s well deserved, but please tell me- How does repeat offender Bryant McKinnie take a pipe to a guy’s head and then resist arrest and only get 4 games?
    Just curious.

  62. Ouch. As a Viking fan who has watched a lot of Vikings vs Packers. I can honestly say, who is Johnny Jolly? Haha.

  63. @spliffbunker
    i use hotmail and when i click that thing it says i dont have an email program associated, so i use hotmail but i dont know the site address.

  64. Just click on the e-mail address below:
    Editor: Mike Florio
    Site and account issues: Technical support
    Photo guy: TacoBill
    ————————————–
    i click one and it says the thing about the email program. it doesnt give me the email address.

  65. SpartaChris says:
    “I love the Jolly punishment. The guy’s a turd and it’s well deserved, but please tell me- How does repeat offender Bryant McKinnie take a pipe to a guy’s head and then resist arrest and only get 4 games?”
    Simple – he hired Mark Chmura’s lawyer.

  66. Why would a guy making millions playing football deal drugs? Way to keep it real moron.

  67. Can’t he just find a judge that will allow him to play while he files appeal, after appeal, after appeal, after appeal, after appeal, after appeal, and eventually retires?

  68. @swizzlestickdick; the Favre curse? There’s no Favre curse. You must mean the Majikowski curse. He put it on Favre to throw heart and soul crushing interceptions in the playoffs, for stealing his job while he was injured.
    Enjoy the Majikowski curse, Viking fans, it will now haunt your dreams like it did so many of ours.
    What’s that you say, ’96 Super Bowl? The curse wasn’t strong enough to stop Reggie White. You ain’t got no reggie White.

  69. “twizzlystick says:
    July 16, 2010 10:00 PM
    jrmbadger says: July 16, 2010 9:07 PM
    You like to talk of the Favre curse…. you’ve convinced me there is one.
    I’ve seen him lead the Packers for 18 years, to playoff wins and a Super Bowl trophy, and in all that time only 1 losing season.
    And in the 2 years he’s been gone I’ve already seen a losing season… 0 division crowns… 0 playoff wins… revenues plunging into the red… we truly must be cursed.

    Just a thought – look up Favre’s playoff record since 1996. Pretty horrible.
    Oh and by the way, just a tip: the 1996 team wasn’t led by Favre – it was led by Reggie White.

  70. Okay jrm Favre didn’t lead the Packers to a SB in 96 cause you hate him lol. Like I said if you’re happy you don’t have your HOF QB who won all those games including a SB ring and only had 1 losing season in 19 years then I’m sure you don’t mind that we’ve got him and he kicked your ass last year and cost you the division and took us to the NFCC game his year with us.
    If you like your 17-15 record with no division titles and no playoff wins since he left then good cause we like what’s happened to your team too. And best of all if you like having a GM that gets you 2 winning seasons and 1 playoff win every 5 years – outstanding man!!!

  71. twizzlystick says:
    July 16, 2010 4:34 PM
    What HORRIBLE news for the Packers! Jolly was pretty good. Is this all part of the Favre curse???
    ___________________________________
    No. The “Favre Curse” started last year to end your season, a year prior to end the Jets’ season, and a few prior to that to end a few Packer seasons…all at critical times with passes that had no business being thrown. Remember all of you dandies in goldylocks, the man hasn’t had good back-to-back seasons in over 11 years. You all up in the Twink City and further better have your fingers crossed, your toes crossed and your tackle tied in a knot, because your “dream run” with Mr. Waffle Iron will come to a bitter end…again. This time well before the NFC Championship game.
    Jolly will be missed only if there’s an injury. He was as out of shape as Pickett and now there’s 4 solid players in waiting to fill the gap. What I want to know is, what the Viqueens have planned to fill the offensive line needs for the trunstiles that got Favre bitch slapped late in the year and what will happen if someone goes down….because O-lineman go down.
    To all of the Wisconsin Packer fan clowns on here that think they’re apparently GM material and think Ted T. is a horrible GM, go back and review Ron Wolf’s picks. Other than Bob Harlan Ok-ing money moves to get Reggie White and a few other components like Rison, Beebe and a few other free agents, he wasn’t that great. Ted has made a few questionable picks, but almost all have panned out, and some have been outstanding.

  72. Canned Heat, then why have the Packers only had 2 winning seasons and 1 playoff win in 5 years under Thompson?? The Packers last 2 seasons are part of the Favre curse and him just plain kicking your ass last season but what about the other seasons of failure you’ve had under Thompson?
    You have to remember that the Vikes have improved 2 games per season in the 4 years Childress has been coach of the Vikes, they just keep getting better and better while the Packers just keep getting more content fighting for 2nd place behind the Vikes.

  73. Johnnyb612 says:
    July 16, 2010 10:38 PM
    All I have to say is jamarcus better see a similar punishment.
    ————————-
    JaMarcus Russel is not an NFL player. If Goodell can suspend him, then Russel’s more of an idiot than I thought. And that’s saying something.

  74. Oh, woe is us! Without Johnny Jolly we may as well pack it in now! Forsooth! All is lost!
    Had to throw twinkie dick and pervy a bone. You know this is what they think we’re saying over here, the ignorant idiots.

  75. In an unrelated story, Intenational House of Pancakes has announced a new breakfast entree in honor of Brett Favre. It is called the “Old No. 4”. It is a waffle (you were expecting a blintz, maybe?), smeared with Grape Jelly and yellow cream cheese.
    It is expected to be an IHOP top seller, although initial reports indicate a low percentage of Favre waffles being served to the correct tables. Apparently No.4’s are being easily intercepted on their way to diners by people who in some cases just walked in off the street.
    This has been a problem with franchisee’s in Minnesota, where there have been long and frustrating waits for anything to be delivered. Waitresses have taken to flinging the waffles aimlessly all over the dining room, in an attempt to get them to the right customers.
    IHOP’s corporate office has suggested the waitstaff “check down” to the diners closest to the kitchen.

  76. bluestree
    IHOP only had to introduce the “Old No. 4” because the waiter had a tendency to hold onto the “Rodgers 50 times flattened Pancake Platter ” way too long, burning his hands and causing the platter to slip from his grasp, which he then tried to save by inexplicably kicking the platter into the air, resulting in disaster.
    When questioned about it later, the waiter blamed the cooks for making the plate too hot.

  77. IHOP also just introduced the Arod Knob Gobbler Special which is selling very well in Green Bay.

  78. Well let’s not forget the Chilly special. It’s an enclosed hotdog bun with lips on one end, and hair on the other., The hot dog itself is emblazoned with a big ol number 4. The only condiment is a big tube of KY. The hot dog can be inserted from either end. It’s preferable that the diner slides it in and out several times and the KY is only required if it’s inserted from the end that has hair.
    It also comes with 11, no make that 12, french fries in the shape of a huddle

  79. New at Applebee’s is the Shiancoe, a pan seared, blackened tube steak with a creamy Chilly sauce, peeking out from a bed of gerharts and rice.

  80. bluestree says:
    July 18, 2010 1:56 PM
    New at Applebee’s is the Shiancoe, a pan seared, blackened tube steak with a creamy Chilly sauce, peeking out from a bed of gerharts and rice.
    ————————————————–
    Not bad for an elderly guy in a home…maybe you should invest some of your life savings(all $2,631) and hire me to be your comedy writer…

  81. Sorry Perv, child labor laws. Got wait till you’re at least 16. Thanks for the interest though, Send me a fan letter and I’ll have one of my people sign my name to an 8×10 for ‘ya. You’re welcome!

  82. bluestree
    Don’t know what you were thinking, but you managed to embarrass all the Packer and Viking fans with your last few elementary school-level posts. Take your crayons and coloring book home, it’s time for your nap.

  83. A story about Johnny has more responses than a story about BrInt? Favre is losing his touch

  84. How in the sam hell does someone do this right under an NFL organization’s nose without getting IMMEDIATELY caught? Sounds more like he was the Packers’ supplier (don’t get all hussy on me, lots of NFL players are users and you know it) and a situation came up where they had to blame it on someone. Jolly ol’ saint Johnny took the fall.

  85. “What HORRIBLE news for the Packers! Jolly was pretty good. Is this all part of the Favre curse???” You mean the curse of the Favre pick in our house as 7 point favorites against the Giants. How about last years Favre pick across field ah poor vikes the curse of the Favre pick!

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