Everyone knows about the pending suspensions of Pat Williams and Kevin Williams as a result of the StarCaps saga, and how their names have been dragged through the mud as steroid abusers and cheaters and so forth.
But about six months before the whole StarCaps mess came to light, there was an NFC North player that was facing potential federal felony drug charges. . .which, you know, one would think would be a little more serious than taking a pill to cut weight that didn't list all its ingredients, but while the whining about Pat and Kevin Williams has persisted for two and a half years, this case has been pretty much forgotten.
Last year, Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly settled charges relating to the possession of codeine by entering into a pre-trial diversion program. Under the terms of the deal, the charges would have been dismissed if he had stayed out of trouble for a year.
He didn’t make it.
Sports Radio 610 in Houston reports, via CBSHoustonTX.com, that Jolly has been arrested for felony possession of codeine, the active ingredient in the beverage known as "lean" and "purple drank."
Police stopped Jolly’s Escalade early Friday, for a traffic violation. Jolly reportedly presented a state identification card rather than a driver’s license. Police thereafter learned that his license is suspended, and ineligible for renewal.
Police then searched Jolly’s vehicle and found 600 grams of codeine.
600 grams, eh? Nicely done. . .that's three times as much codeine that was found the first time Jolly got arrested. According to Medscape,
Codeine is available in a wide variety of dosage forms, including 30 mg/ml and 60 mg/ml injectable products, as well as 15, 30, and 60 mg tablets, and a 15 mg/5ml oral solution. In addition, codeine is available in many combination products with acetaminophen. The most frequently prescribed products include tablets (300 mg acetaminophen with 15, 30, or 60 mg codeine) and an oral elixir with 120 mg acetaminophen and 12 mg codeine per 5 ml.
A normal dose of codeine is, at the most, 60 milligrams. Jolly was caught in this case in possession of 600 grams. . .or, to convert it over, 600,000 milligrams of codeine. That's enough for a minimum of 10,000 doses of codeine.
I remember when this story first broke. . .going around to various sites on the internet, there were two prevalent excuses that surfaced for this schmuck. The first was the to-be-expected "it wasn't his" excuse, and the second. . .my personal favorite. . .was that he needed it for an injury that he suffered. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a doctor or anything, but I can't think of any sort of injury off the top of my head that would require somebody to carry a high enough quantity of a powerful narcotic to take down a charging bull elephant that had been bathed in angel dust.
People can say what they want about the Vikings and comparatively minor legal issues. . .but, boy howdy, I can't remember the last time the Vikings had a drug kingpin on their roster. (And, as his coach said that he was "definitely in the team's future plans," he still counts.) Heck, the last guy Viking that I can remember that was facing anything this serious was Koren Robinson, who was released by the Vikings after drunkenly speeding down Minnesota highways in an attempt to get back to Winter Park before curfew.
(Anyone remember who signed K-Rob almost immediately after that? Yeah. . .you remember.)
Things like this are always helpful for Viking fans to remember. . .they serve to show us that no matter what sort of moral superiority fans of another team may claim to have over Minnesota, a) it's generally not true, and b) they have plenty of crap in their own backyard that they should worry about cleaning up before pointing out what a "mess" our team is.
Okay. . .fans of other teams can go back to whining about Pat and Kevin Williams now. For bonus points, please attempt to equate this to the "Love Boat" or Mike Tice selling Super Bowl tickets.