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Johnny Jolly Accepts A Deal

August 3, 2010

Johnny Be Good

Johnny Jolly appears to have dodged a bullet. For now. Greg Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that in exchange for a guilty plea, Jolly will spend one year in a pretrial diversion program. If the suspended Green Bay Packers lineman fulfills the requirements of the program, a judge could dismiss his felony drug possession charge.

In order to comply with the diversion program Jolly must: (1) Serve 160 hours of community service, including 10 speaking engagements on avoiding drug use, (2) not consume drugs or alcohol, (3) stay away from establishments that serve alcohol (other than restaurants), (4) submit to random drug and alcohol testing, and (5) notify the court if a doctor prescribes any narcotic prescription.

State district Judge Mike Anderson lectured Jolly about responsibilities of an NFL player and solicited help from Jolly’s mother and brother.

“There is just so much good you can do,” said Anderson. “You can give them [kids] an example that will live longer than the longest career. You will be able to have a profound affect on a segment of this community that needs role models.”

Judge Anderson also solicited help from Jolly’s mother and brother, “We’re in this together. Is that a deal?” he asked.

Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee reports that during a post-practice press conference, Packers general manager Ted Thompson was asked about Jolly’s situation.

“I was disappointed for him. I like Johnny, and I hope he comes through this OK.” Thompson was unaware that prosecutors had reached a deal with Jolly, but added, “I’m not going to throw dirt at Johnny. Johnny played good ball for us, and I’m a little disappointed in the situation we’re in, but that’s about the extent of it.”

Thompson finished by likening the situations of Johnny Jolly and the former Packers receiver Koren Robinson. The Packers signed Koren Robinson while he was serving a year-long suspension for substance abuse and were limited in how much contact they could have with him. When referring to Jolly, Thompson said, “I don’t know how much you can and can’t do, but whatever it is, if we can, then we will.”

Bryan McIntyre points out that Jolly will be eligible to apply for reinstatement at the conclusion of this season. Legally, Jolly must keep his nose clean until August 3, 2011. And if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is willing to reinstate Michael Vick, there is no reason he will not do the same for Johnny Jolly.

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