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JaMarcus Russell Arrested For Alleged Possession Of Codeine Syrup

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If only we had heeded ESPN's laughably late report on the scourge of purple drank, we would know what a real menace it is to the sporting world.

At the very least, JaMarcus Russell would know that the police are taking the matter seriously. Today, the former Raiders quarterback was arrested at his home in Mobile, Ala. for possession of codeine syrup, according to the Mobile County Sheriff's Office.

[Spokeswoman Lori] Myles said Russell was arrested at his home early this afternoon during an undercover investigation.  He was booked into Mobile Metro Jail at 4:22 p.m.   Russell was released minutes later after making $2,500 bail, according to online records.

Russell is scheduled to appear in court on July 20.  A bond hearing is set for July 7.

The arrest likely jeopardizes whatever lingering chance the no. 1 overall pick of the 2007 NFL Draft had for continuing his career in the league. At he will have gone down as yet another cautionary tale for users of the purple drank.