Aaron Rodgers: NFL deserves blame in Johnny Jolly case

Johnny Jolly faces serious charges in Houston after he’s been arrested for the third time, allegedly in possession of codeine.

A judge has denied him bond and he’s currently on parole, meaning previous charges could jam him up also. It’s a sad tale of a player who was once a dominant defensive lineman for the Green Bay Packers but is now suspended indefinitely by commissioner Roger Goodell and as far from the NFL as you can magine.

His former teammates are disappointed by the situation and quarterback Aaron Rodgers said taking Jolly away from the support system of the league hasn’t helped.

“I’ve been in touch with him off and on the last couple years. It’s just disappointing. And I’ll be honest, I think the league deserves some of the blame in this case,” Rodgers said, on ESPN Milwaukee, according to sportsradiointerviews.com. “When you look at some of the other guys that have been reinstated in the league after jail sentences, and justly, rightly so, Johnny didn’t serve any days in prison, sat out for a year and still couldn’t get his case heard, from what I was told. I just think that that’s wrong.

“I think the commissioner’s done a great job of cleaning up some of the stuff in the league. That said, if you take a guy away from his support system … I don’t think that’s helping.”

The entire Rodgers interview is here.

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