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Drug charge could jeopardize future of Packers' defensive lineman

Johnny Jolly, known as the defensive lineman for the Green Bay Packers, is facing another legal woe after being arrested for a drug crime last Friday. According to the article, Jolly had been in Houston and was pulled over for a routine traffic stop.

The police officers who pulled him over discovered two bottles in Jolly's vehicle that contained two different substances, one of which was a painkiller. As a result, the lineman has been charged with drug possession and could receive a life sentence if he is convicted. But this arrest also impacts the probationary terms he had been under from a drug charge stemming from an incident in 2008.

Though he had been charged of a drug crime back in 2008, the District Attorney's Office had decided to put him on pretrial diversion, meaning that the charge would be dismissed in August of this year if Jolly did not break the law. But this new arrest voids the probationary terms.

Following the 2008 arrest, Jolly had been suspended by the NFL for all of last season. Since then, the football player had been trying to get reinstated so that he could participate this season. It is unclear how this new charge will affect those efforts.

It is clear that Jolly is facing serious consequences; he will now be charged with the new charge as well as the charge from 2008. Conviction of both could result in a life sentence. These types of penalties will have an impact on both his personal life and professional career as a football player. If he is given a prison sentence, he will likely be unable to play football for the Packers.

Source: My San Antonio online, "No bond for Packers' Jolly after new drug charge," Juan Lozano, 30 March 2011

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