Jamarcus Russell arrested

July 6, 2010

Former Raiders' quarterback Jamarcus Russell was arrested on Monday for possession of codeine syrup, a key ingredient of Purple Drank. Russell was arrested at his home in Mobile, Alabama Monday afternoon. He was later released from custody on $2,500 bail.

Jamarcus Russell was released from the Oakland Raiders in May of this year.

Prior to Russell's arrest, the New York Jets had expressed interest in the former LSU star quarterback. This recent brush with the law may sway the Jets against picking up the former Raiders first round pick, and may serve to put the final nail in the coffin, closing the lid on an already disappointing and underachieving career.

Purple Drank

Purple Drank aka Sizzurp, originated some years ago in the Houston rap scene, but has since seen its use become widespread across the country. It's a drink made from codeine and the antihistamine promethazine, mixed with Sprite or 7-Up, along with some Jolly Ranchers or other hard candy.

Purple Drank's popularity has been on the rise in recent years, with users treating it like it's a typical alcoholic beverage. Because it's sipped from soda bottles, students have brazenly used the concoction while in public schools, with teachers totally oblivious to what it is the students are actually consuming.

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