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November 18th, 2011 · No Comments · Social Commentary, sports

This is a tragedy. It’s also curious as to a) how could it have happened that a once heralded lineman for the Champion Green Bay Packers could draw a 6 year sentence while bankers who steal millions are given passes for fraud on a massive scale, and b) where was the NFL with all it’s drug policies and supposed detection and preventative mechanisms to help someone in need like Johnny Jolly.

We’re not talking about heroin or cocaine. Substance Abuse for sure but we’re not talking about drive-bys and street dealing. This was a matter of pain management complicated by depression. Clearly Jolly was remorseful. But I have to ask, why wasn’t Rush Limbaugh given the same sentence? Treatment is clearly the better route to go in the case of a gentle giant whose greatest enemy is himself.

With that said however, one can point to the case of New York Yankees Jim Leyritz who while under the influence – killed. He was after all charged with possession of a compound containing codeine, a controlled substance, after a traffic stop in Houston in October. To complicate matters he he tampered with evidence for attempting to conceal the substance from the investigating officers whatever that means.

The guy’s a lineman in the NFL. So I guess when they sprain an ankle or dislocate a shoulder during a game, it’s okay to shoot players up with painkillers as long as the ends justify the means. But after the final tick of the clock, they’re on their own?

Seems unfair.

Plaxico Burress did his time it can be argued, so did Michael Vick, and to that end, Jolly may have to face the music.

Just seems that the goal of helping players cope with their problems is far too often reactionary in nature and not preventative.

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