Green Bay Packers’ DE Johnny Jolly avoids prison (again) All Green Bay Packers All the Time

In an somewhat stunning development, Green Bay Packers defensive end Johnny Jolly will avoid going to prison following his arrest on March 26 for possession of codeine.

Jolly instead will receive a five-year deferred adjudication and have to get mandatory treatment, according to a tweet sent out by the Green Bay Press Gazette on Thursday.

@gbpressgazette gbpressgazette: Green Bay Packers defensive end Johnny Jolly gets another 2nd chance on codeine charge: 5-year deferred adjudication, mandatory treatment.

This wasn’t Jolly’s first run in with the law either.  He was suspended for the entire 2010 Super Bowl winning campaign after a 2008 arrest on a similar charge.  Jolly had applied for reinstatement with the NFL not onger after the conclusion of the 2010 season.

Despite Jolly’s good fortune in the courtroom, it is hard to imagine him coming back to the Packers in any circumstances once the lockout is lifted.  The Packers after all won a world championship without his services.  Throw in general manager Ted Thompson’s “Packer people” precedent and it seems all but certain Jolly’s days in Titletown are numbered.


Kris Burke is a sports writer covering the Green Bay Packers for and WTMJ in Milwaukee. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) and his work has been linked to by sites such as National Football Post and


9 thoughts on “Green Bay Packers’ DE Johnny Jolly avoids prison (again)

  1. The sad truth is that the Houston area is over run with a need for hard nosed criminals to go to jail. A NFL player with money and resources is better getting mandatory counseling and drug treatment with a 5 year window to have to keep clean. That is why they wiped out his 2008 conviction. Jolly in jail means someone far more dangerous may get out. As I said, a sad truth.

    1. I thought they wiped out the current conviction and are now trying him on the 2008 arrest, which is much less serious since its a lot less codeine

        1. 5 years probation is just basically delaying the inevitable. unless he makes a dramatic turnaround. the guy has not been able to stay clean for a year while under investigation for the exact thing he got arrested for in the first place. and yeah, there just in not any room for Jolly in the texas prison sentence.

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