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Johnny Jolly pleads guilty to drug charge

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Suspended Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly, who has been in jail since he was arrested on drug charges last month, pleaded guilty to narcotics charges today and was placed on probation for the next five years.

The Houston Chronicle reports that Jolly will start his probation with 90 days in a drug treatment center.

Jolly’s guilty plea is to a felony charge stemming from a 2008 arrest. As part of his plea deal, his charge from last month was dismissed. Both arrests were related to illegal possession of codeine.

Texas District Judge Denise Bradley put Jolly on deferred adjudication, which means the conviction will be erased from his record if he successfully completes his probation. But if his probation is revoked, Jolly could get up to 20 years in prison.

Jolly was suspended for the entire 2010 season. His attorney said he does not know how today’s guilty plea will affect Jolly’s status with the NFL.

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  1. skoobyfl says: Apr 21, 2011 2:49 PM

    Now I hope everyone is Happy that Jolly got off.

  2. dgforreal says: Apr 21, 2011 2:51 PM

    Good for him I guess, but joe public would be under a jail somewhere.

  3. thespeaker08 says: Apr 21, 2011 2:51 PM

    Does this guy even count as NFL news anymore?

  4. medtxpack says: Apr 21, 2011 2:51 PM

    Cut him loose, Ted. cut him loose.

  5. tramonisland says: Apr 21, 2011 2:53 PM

    Damn that is a slap on the wrist and great news for Pack nation. Are we sure the judge wasn’t Ted Thompson?

  6. buhbay1c says: Apr 21, 2011 2:55 PM

    Uh-oh, time to sit back and watch Packer fans look down from their perch on the NFL morality pedestal and savage this guy.

  7. clayjayhawk says: Apr 21, 2011 2:56 PM

    All of you should be ashamed of yourselves. Jolly only buys that much codine because he makes his own cough syrup and gives it to the poor during the winter months. Well at lesat he has that to keep him busy while Ted drafts another bad a$$ this year. GO PACK!

  8. cleonslamminsalmon says: Apr 21, 2011 2:59 PM

    The guy is obviously sorry for his actions. Get him in shape and get him back on the field.

  9. clintonportisheadd says: Apr 21, 2011 3:00 PM

    “Jolly was suspended for the entire 2010 season. His attorney said he does not know how today’s guilty plea will affect Jolly’s status with the NFL…”

    ================

    It all depends if he can still play. If he can contribute someone will hire him. Besides, its not like he was running an illegal dog fighting/money laundering operation!

  10. dailynorseman says: Apr 21, 2011 3:00 PM

    He’s a Packer, which means Roger Goodell will make sure he’s back in the NFL at the soonest possible time.

    If he played for just about any other team, he’d be looking at a lifetime suspension.

  11. shaggytoodle says: Apr 21, 2011 3:02 PM

    He has another extra chance to make it right, something the average person would NEVER get, and it irks me that he didn’t figure it out the first time. Its now or never buddy. Good luck.

  12. KIR says: Apr 21, 2011 3:03 PM

    He’s no better or worst than Erik Ainge the New York Jets Quarterback that everyone on here had so much compassion for. They’re both drug addicts.

  13. benh999 says: Apr 21, 2011 3:04 PM

    Was he in the SB team pic?

  14. Kaz says: Apr 21, 2011 3:04 PM

    Not to hate, but how does someone get off with just probation for 5 years for all these big time drug arrests. If it was me or any other of these posters here, we’d be locked away for life. Something just isn’t right….. It makes me feel bad for those people who have been in jail for years for drugs. If only they had money.

    Note- I’m not saying you shouldn’t be in jail for multiple drug charges, however it should be fair for all citizens.

  15. gueski says: Apr 21, 2011 3:09 PM

    For he’s a Jolly good fellow!

  16. cleanface says: Apr 21, 2011 3:11 PM

    Lil Wayne is on the Purple Drank and his performances are fine.

  17. iamthorny says: Apr 21, 2011 3:18 PM

    “joe public” would not be in jail somewhere. You have little understanding of the judicial system in Texas.

    This type of sentencing is commonplace here no matter who you are.

    Being on probation is a tough thing in Texas and he’ll have a very difficult time staying out of trouble. In many regards, the legal system is just delaying the inevitable. He’s extremely likely to do some real time in the very near future.

  18. dailynorseman says: Apr 21, 2011 3:22 PM

    Was he in the SB team pic?

    He should have been. . .after all, he’s proven time and time again that he is, indeed, “Packer People.”

  19. p4ck3r5 says: Apr 21, 2011 3:25 PM

    what a stupid dude..had a chance to come back to a team that has a very chance of repeating for another title!

  20. alewatcher says: Apr 21, 2011 3:26 PM

    Five years probation? Good luck with that. I seriously doubt he can stay clean and out of trouble for that long.

    I wish him luck, but the odds aren’t good.

  21. packersrule52 says: Apr 21, 2011 3:38 PM

    “He’s a Packer, which means Roger Goodell will make sure he’s back in the NFL at the soonest possible time.

    If he played for just about any other team, he’d be looking at a lifetime suspension.”

    “Was he in the SB team pic?

    He should have been. . .after all, he’s proven time and time again that he is, indeed, “Packer People.””

    Gates, is that you? Lol.

  22. stavreafavre says: Apr 21, 2011 3:40 PM

    Tough break for him that he wasn’t a Vike who got caught in Mini. Could’ve played two or three more seasons while the drug thing got postponed and appealed.

  23. ernieernie says: Apr 21, 2011 3:48 PM

    I’ve never heard of a felony offense that you pleaded guilty to coming off ones records? Thats why they call in a felony its a crime that goes on your records permanently because of the seriousness.

    This guy would be poison for the Pack. If they dumped him they lose nothing since he hasn’t been around to be missed and second, he wasn’t all that good.

    Five years probation. This guy will be back in jail in six months.

  24. contra74 says: Apr 21, 2011 3:50 PM

    Jolly’s guilty plea is to a felony charge stemming from a 2008 arrest. As part of his plea deal, his charge from last month was dismissed.
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    Let me guess…since his plea resulted in his charge from last month being dismissed then it never really happened then right Packer fans? Back to your good graces now that it “never really happened” eh. hahaha

  25. dexterismyhero says: Apr 21, 2011 3:50 PM

    Johnny will not be a Jolly good fellow for a long time. 5 years w/o the drank….Fat purple chance…

  26. jimmysee says: Apr 21, 2011 3:55 PM

    Johnny Jolly should be living in Green Bay full time.

    He should get the heck out of Houston f*a*s*t.

  27. jackfactor says: Apr 21, 2011 4:28 PM

    As a Packers fan, I have moved on and so should the Packers which I believe Ted will do.

    Had Jolly been a model citizen after the 2008 arrest and proven that he was rehabilitated, I would have been in favor of giving him a chance especially with Cullen Jenkins most likely gone as a free agent.

    With this latest arrest, even if all of this erased from his record, he has demonstrated that he is not clean and was driving without a license.

    I cannot see, even if the Packers wanted him, that Goodell would reinstate him for this year even if he completes treatment this summer. He blew it. Maybe a reinstatement for 2012 if he stays out of trouble, but the Packers will have long since moved on with Mike Neal who should be healthy this year and someone else.

    Jolly is lucky he is not in jail for 20 years, but being reinstated this year, even if he could help the Packers, would not be right when he f’ed up for the same thing again.

    How about that for a rational post from a Packers fan. We are out there in mass.

  28. wtfru2 says: Apr 21, 2011 4:28 PM

    Now what’s he going to do for his Jolly’s.

  29. nflguru12 says: Apr 21, 2011 4:38 PM

    Instead off being the prisons “Jolly Rancher” this dude got 5 years probation?, he gives new meaning to the word “lockout”.

  30. JimmySmith says: Apr 21, 2011 4:45 PM

    Jolly will never play in the NFL again, Goodell could suspend him but why bother, he’s likely to end up in Jail for at least a few years.

    Which is all bad news for the Vikings, the Vikings will never be able to sign him, they prefer to sign ex-Packers, especially those that are over the hill. He has all the attributes of a true Viking, he has no regard for the law and he can’t get it done on the football field. He would fit right in with Cook and McKinnie. Petersen can drive on their nights out on the town, that way they will get there faster.

  31. dobolina says: Apr 21, 2011 4:47 PM

    dailynorseman says: Apr 21, 2011 3:00 PM

    He’s a Packer, which means Roger Goodell will make sure he’s back in the NFL at the soonest possible time.

    If he played for just about any other team, he’d be looking at a lifetime suspension.

    —————————–

    Funny, since he was suspended for the entire 2010 season without being convicted of anything, at the time.

    Sounds like favoritism to me.

  32. contra74 says: Apr 21, 2011 4:55 PM

    JimmySmith says:

    Which is all bad news for the Vikings, the Vikings will never be able to sign him, they prefer to sign ex-Packers, especially those that are over the hill. He has all the attributes of a true Viking, he has no regard for the law and he can’t get it done on the football field. He would fit right in with Cook and McKinnie. Petersen can drive on their nights out on the town, that way they will get there faster.
    ************************
    Let me help you out…

    JimmySmith says:

    Which is all bad news for the Vikings (WHY?), the Vikings will never be able to sign him (Never wanted him), they prefer to sign ex-Packers (Lots of teams sign lots of players), especially those that are over the hill (Favre had his best statiscal career ever as a Viking). He has all the attributes of a true Viking (2 arms, 2 legs and a head?), he has no regard for the law (Underwood?) and he can’t get it done on the football field (Ahman Green couldnt either so he took it to his wife). He would fit right in with Cook and McKinnie (They dont play his position). Petersen can drive on their nights out on the town (He doesnt drink so he is a good DD), that way they will get there faster (or end up in jail like some of the recent Packers).

  33. thefiesty1 says: Apr 21, 2011 4:57 PM

    Probation is not warranted for this guy. He should know this with the great education he got in Aggieland.

  34. thephantomstranger says: Apr 21, 2011 4:59 PM

    JimmySmith says:
    Apr 21, 2011 4:45 PM
    Jolly will never play in the NFL again, Goodell could suspend him but why bother, he’s likely to end up in Jail for at least a few years.

    Which is all bad news for the Vikings, the Vikings will never be able to sign him, they prefer to sign ex-Packers, especially those that are over the hill. He has all the attributes of a true Viking, he has no regard for the law and he can’t get it done on the football field. He would fit right in with Cook and McKinnie. Petersen can drive on their nights out on the town, that way they will get there faster.
    ______________________

    Same post on every story. Jimmy forgets how the Vikings cut Koren Robinson after his DWI the year after a Pro Bowl season and the Packers snatched him up as fast as they could after his suspension was over.

  35. pervyharvin says: Apr 21, 2011 5:05 PM

    Johnny Freakin Jolly……true poster boy for the Packers!

  36. imjinbrdgr says: Apr 21, 2011 5:18 PM

    I’m truely AMAZED!! He was was already on Probatiion, AND HE GETS MORE PROBATION????????????????????

  37. sjoyner59 says: Apr 21, 2011 5:18 PM

    I would like to see the power of the leagues conduct policy.I will make it simple if your in jail then you can’t play if not inocent until proven guilty get out there and play.I remember a couple of years ago this policy caused Cedic Benson to lose his job only to see the charges dropped.Take the power out of this idiot Goodells hands

  38. ilpackerbacker says: Apr 21, 2011 5:44 PM

    LOL, I just love reading the comments from Vikings fans. So awesome.

  39. adsbad28 says: Apr 21, 2011 6:15 PM

    jimmy jimmy jimmy the vikes were never interested in that fat turd r u retarded? this is about a washed up packer fudge packer and u turn it around to be a viking story i dont hoe PFT lets u stay on this website u nedd to be on turd watch u bumb.

  40. Deb says: Apr 21, 2011 7:02 PM

    Hey, Kaz …

    It’s not necessarily true that if it were an ordinary citizen, he’d be in jail for five years. Before he went into private practice, my brother was a public defender and tried a lot of drug cases for poor nobodies. You’d be surprised. It depends on the charges, the drugs involved, the laws and sentencing guidelines in a particular jurisdiction, and how overcrowded the jails are.

    Sometimes I’ve called him outraged because it seemed as though a wealthy celebrity got a lighter sentence only to have him reel off cases where bums off the street got an even easier sentence because no one was watching. A lot of this kind of stuff is revolving-door justice.

    That’s why we need to legalize (and tax) marijuana, spend tax money on rehab instead of jail, and use the rest of our financial resources on big-time distributors instead of users and small-time dealers.

  41. dailynorseman says: Apr 21, 2011 9:04 PM

    Same post on every story. Jimmy forgets how the Vikings cut Koren Robinson after his DWI the year after a Pro Bowl season and the Packers snatched him up as fast as they could after his suspension was over.

    You’re partially right.

    Tipsy McStagger was arrested for DWI on 16 August 2006.

    He was cut by the Vikings on 27 August 2006.

    He was signed by the Packers on 12 September 2006.

    THEN he got suspended for a year.

    Yep. . .the Packers were so anxious to sign a guy that was arrested for drunkenly driving 100+ MPH down Minnesota highways that they waited a whole two weeks after the Vikings cut him to sign him, knowing he was going to get suspended for a full season.

    No wonder the Packers don’t sign more former Vikings. . .none of them have long enough rap sheets.

  42. brewdogg says: Apr 21, 2011 10:55 PM

    HEY JIMMY!!!

    (do you think I got his attention?)

    Here’s a list of players who have started for the Packers over the last 10 years who went on to play for a team other than the Vikings.

    Aaron Kampman
    Al Harris
    Aaron Rouse
    Corey Williams
    Mike Flanigan
    Grady Jackson
    Paris Lenon
    Robert Thomas
    Marquand Manuel
    Mark Roman
    Ahmad Carrol
    Grey Reugamer
    Mike Wahle
    Marco Rivera
    Ahman Green
    Bubba Franks
    Javon Walker
    Terry Glenn
    Vonnie Holliday
    Na’ill Diggs
    Mike McKenzie
    Antuan Edwards
    Hannibal Navies
    Nate Wayne
    Bernardo Harris
    Ross Verba

    I’m sure I missed a few…. But I think everyone but little jimmy gets the point. Not that that will make his any less butt-hurt over the three who went on to play for the Vikings. Or make his inane ramblings go away, either, I suppose…..

    You know, it occurs to me that he’s like one of those magic 8 balls…. He has a little floating cube in his brain with six responses on it, and whichever one comes up when he shakes his head is what he types. Sort of like George Bush (Sr) in that way…..

  43. ddjesus says: Apr 22, 2011 12:05 AM

    Actually, Jolly had an excellent 09 season at de in the packers 3-4, for all of you who are saying he’s “not that good”. He had all the potential in the world, which makes this packer fan all the more frustrated.

  44. goombar2 says: Apr 22, 2011 12:58 AM

    I think Jolly letting this problem get so out of hand was incredibly stupid. After the first go around, he should have sought help.

    Unlike so many here, I have no real personal stake, nor do I personally wish to stake Jolly in the heart. What he did was wrong and he should have to pay the price, both in the justice system and whatever penalty the NFL imposes.

    As far as the Packers taking him back, that’s Ted’s call and I’ll back whatever decision he makes. If Jolly shows repentance and starts to understand what he’s done and wishes to be a better person and Ted forgives him and gives him another chance – cool.

    If Ted tells him to take a hike, I’ll wish Jolly the best – just not when he plays us. It’s sad to me when a man with Jolly’s talent is at the mercy of another person.

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