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Raiders issue statement about their handling of Russell’s issues

 

The Raiders issued a statement on their website Wednesday afternoon in response to some writers taking them to task for their handling of former JaMarcus Russell the past three years.

“We did all that we could to intervene and assist with a myriad of issues with JaMarcus Russell. NFL policy restricts our ability to comment publicly at this time,” the statement said. “Therefore, those in the media who declare what the Raiders knew or should have known or what the Raiders did or should have done, are reckless, irresponsible and offensive and do a disservice to all concerned, including the public.”

MediaNews columnist Monte Poole criticized the Raiders for their handling of Russell in today’s papers. The column can be found on-line, as well. The Raiders didn’t single out Poole, but it’s apparent that his column provided some, if not all, of the impetus for their statement.

Russell was arrested in Mobile, Ala., on Monday for possession of a controlled substance — prescription-strength codeine syrup. He posted bail, was released and is scheduled to appear in court July 20.

Russell could not be reached for comment for this story. It’s important to note that none of Russell’s former teammates or coaches have accused him of being under the influence of drugs at any time during his three-year career.

Several of his teammates said that they heard rumors of Russell using the codeine syrup the past three years. However, none witnessed him using it in person.

The Raiders released Russell in early May, a little more than three years after they selected him with the first pick of the 2007 NFL draft. He remains unemployed.

During a tumultuous three seasons, Russell was criticized by teammates and coaches for being overweight, out of shape and showing up late for meetings, among other things.

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  • Try Cheating

    AIG, you getting vapors frowm watching men workout?

  • RaiderRockstar

    M asks us to talk Raiders football and then promptly leaves … we are left & forsaken by M

    Raider O, thanks for the info re: Iran

    I knew you would probably have some good insight

    Congrats on the straight A’s!

    hopefully Mrs. Raider O will reward you :)

  • Try Cheating

    RR, AIG or RMR needs vaporizing…he’s off to the gym…men in shorts time…And kick and One and Two…bend over boys, kick and One and Two

  • Try Cheating

    RR, AIG is lurking, so is Richochet…hummmm

  • RaiderRockstar

    Currently, the lineup of former NFL players on ESPN includes Pierce, Eric Allen, Lomas Brown, Tedy Bruschi, Cris Carter, Trent Dilfer, Mike Ditka, Herm Edwards, Mike Golic, Tim Hasselbeck, Merril Hoge, Qadry Ismail, Tom Jackson, Ron Jaworski, Keyshawn Johnson, Matt Millen, Mark Schlereth, Kordell Stewart, Marcellus Wiley, Darren Woodson, and Steve Young.

    ***

    I think I’d rather see Art Shell, Jerry Rice, Tim Brown, Marcus Allen, Ronnie Lott, Ted Hendricks, Mike Haynes, Eric Dickerson, James Lofton, etc than some of the above mentioned clowns … wouldn’t you?

    Howie Long & Rod Woodson are booked. Guys like John Madden, Jim Otto, Freddy B & Willie Brown are probably too old for that now

  • aig

    TC,

    You dont shytt about politics. Ok.

    You right wing Tea Party insecure morons blasted Obama and his crowd as Elitist. Now you fcking embrace that very same Elitist crowd…Streisand is a Fcking Liberal Elitist. Only a true puzzy would try to blog politics on a sports blog. If you got balls and knowledge then try and post your shytt on The Daily Beast, Politico, or Huff Post. You wouldnt dare because they’d blast your a$$ so fast and prove your stupidity.

    If you want to debate politics byttch, i’ll see you on the daily beast. My call name on there is jm95054. Until then, STFU.

  • A brief history of Presidential respect for the Constitution, for you ignorant conservatards:

    Bush on the Constitution: It’s just a ‘goddamned piece of paper’ by Duog Thompson, capitalhillblue.com

    In November 2005, Republican Congressional leaders filed into the Oval Office to meet with President George W. Bush and talk about renewing the controversial USA Patriot Act.

    Several provisions of the act, passed in the shell shocked period immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, caused enough anger that liberal groups like the American Civil Liberties Union had joined forces with prominent conservatives like Phyllis Schlafly and Bob Barr to oppose renewal.

    GOP leaders told Bush that his hardcore push to renew the more onerous provisions of the act could further alienate conservatives still mad at the President from his botched attempt to nominate White House Counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.

    “I don’t give a goddamn,” Bush retorted. “I’m the President and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way.”

    “Mr. President,” one aide in the meeting said. “There is a valid case that the provisions in this law undermine the Constitution.”

    “Stop throwing the Constitution in my face,” Bush screamed back. “It’s just a goddamned piece of paper!”

    I’ve talked to three people present for the meeting that day and they all confirm that the President of the United States called the Constitution “a goddamned piece of paper.”

    And, to the Bush Administration, the Constitution of the United States is little more than toilet paper stained from all the sh!t that this group of power-mad despots have dumped on the freedoms that “goddamned piece of paper” used to guarantee.

    Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, while still White House counsel, wrote that the “Constitution is an outdated document.”

    And don’t buy the White House hype that the USA Patriot Act is a necessary tool to fight terrorism. It is a dangerous law that infringes on the rights of every American citizen and, as one brave aide told President Bush, something that undermines the Constitution of the United States.

    But why should Bush care? After all, the Constitution is just “a goddamned piece of paper.”

    http://www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_7779.shtml

  • RaiderRockstar

    AIG, TC:

    what are you expecting to see from Jason Campbell in Oakland this year?

  • RaiderRockstar

    GWB has done a terrible job as President the past 2 years, hasn’t he?

    oh my!

  • RaiderRockstar

    I can’t wait to hear what President JaMarcus “reportedly” says about the Constitution, 9 years after he says it.

    the suspense is killing me!

  • DKnight007

    The O-Linemen need to get their legs stronger and they need to get in better overall shape conditioning wise.

    The whole football team as a whole needs to get in better conditioning shape and get pysically stronger as well.

    These guys need to be ready to play 5 Quarters of football when it comes to their conditioning.

  • aig

    RR,

    I expect him to drop exactly 5 steps on a five step drop. I expect him to know the play. We got 5 wins from a guy that didnt even know his plays and was prob doozy for the most part of the week. We can guesstimate on why he was never early during off days because of Cough Syrup. We will be 8-8 with Grad, Frye, or Campbell. I do think with Grad and Campbell we will be 9-7 at the least. This team improved alot this year on both defensively and offensively.

  • DKnight007

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    July 8th, 2010 at 11:08 am
    A brief history of Presidential respect for the Constitution, for you ignorant conservatards:

    ^^^^^^^^
    LMAO!

  • DKnight007

    I love being a registered Independent and being able to think for myself, instead being a blind lap dog follower of one of two parties that are just two sides of the same coin.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I do think with Grad and Campbell we will be 9-7 at the least.

    ***

    AIG: Fire Baby (Vegas) says Jason Campbell is a guy that has great stats on terrible teams. I think somebody even compared him to Jeff George. Do you think JC has what it takes from a leadership standpoint? Can he put this team on his back if McFadden & Bush have no place to run? Do you think he’ll be better this year in a Hue Jackson offense than last year’s Jim Zorn special?

  • RaiderRockstar

    The O-Linemen need to get their legs stronger and they need to get in better overall shape conditioning wise.

    ***

    DK: Brad Roll, Jim Michalczik and Chris Morgan are in charge of that …

    do you trust them?

  • aig

    RR,

    Jeff George had a great year in 1997. However, our D sucked that year. Jeff George is a head case on top of that but he never stooped to Jawalrus level. Jeff George may not know the play but at least he can make a throw in streetball.

    here is my logic. It was sooo badd with Jawalrus and we managed to eek out 5 wins. Even if Campbell is a mediocre guy, that would be drastic improvements. We were competitive and won some games with Grad. We saw how different our team was with Grad vs Jawalrus. One guy does not make a huge difference in terms of winning a game but he can make a huge difference in terms of losing a game for you. We’re a team sport but having your weakest link at the QB position like Jawalrus is devastating.

  • Hey conservatards, take a gander at this political platform and see if you can guess whose it is:

    “We are proud of and shall continue our far-reaching and sound advances in matters of basic human needs—expansion of social security—broadened coverage in unemployment insurance —improved housing—and better health protection for all our people. We are determined that our government remain warmly responsive to the urgent social and economic problems of our people;

    Continue and further perfect its programs of assistance to the millions of workers with special employment problems, such as older workers, handicapped workers, members of minority groups, and migratory workers;

    Strengthen and improve the Federal-State Employment Service and improve the effectiveness of the unemployment insurance system;

    Protect by law, the assets of employee welfare and benefit plans so that workers who are the beneficiaries can be assured of their rightful benefits;

    Assure equal pay for equal work regardless of Sex;

    Extend the protection of the Federal minimum wage laws to as many more workers as is possible and practicable;

    Continue to fight for the elimination of discrimination in employment because of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry or sex;

    Protect more effectively the rights of labor unions, management, the individual worker, and the public. The protection of the right of workers to organize into unions and to bargain collectively is the firm and permanent policy;

    Enlarged Federal assistance for construction of hospitals, emphasizing low-cost care of chronic diseases and the special problems of older persons, and increased Federal aid for medical care of the needy;

    We have encouraged a notable expansion and improvement of voluntary health insurance, and urge that reinsurance and pooling arrangements be authorized to speed this progress;

    We have supported measures that have made more housing available than ever before in history, reduced urban slums in local-federal partnership, stimulated record home ownership, and authorized additional low-rent public housing;

    We shall continue to seek extension and perfection of a sound social security system;

    We support an immigration policy which is in keeping with the traditions of America in providing a haven for oppressed peoples, and which is based on equality of treatment, freedom from implications of discrimination between racial, nationality and religious groups, and flexible enough to conform to changing needs and conditions;

    We believe that such a policy serves our self-interest, reflects our responsibility for world leadership and develops maximum cooperation with other nations in resolving problems in this area;

    We favor a comprehensive study of the effect upon wildlife of the drainage of our wetlands.”

    GUESS IT YET? Answer: The Republican Party’s platform from 1956. They might have got my vote in 2008 had they stuck with Ike’s core beliefs.

  • aig

    RR,

    Can you admit to the following improvements, at least on paper?

    DL better 2010 vs 2009
    OL better 2010 vs 2009
    QB better 20010 vs 2009

    I dont even count the LB because we have a rookie so let’s leave it at that.

    Those 3 areas above would make drastic differences on any team.

  • DKnight007

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 8th, 2010 at 11:27 am
    The O-Linemen need to get their legs stronger and they need to get in better overall shape conditioning wise.

    ***

    DK: Brad Roll, Jim Michalczik and Chris Morgan are in charge of that …

    do you trust them?

    ^^^^^^^^
    I trust them now….but in the end it’s all about the final results and what we on the football field.

  • “It may seem bad taste to accuse Republicans of wanting a rise in unemployment”, writes Dean Baker, “but their actions leave no other explanation.”

    A few excerpts:

    [Congressional Republicans] have balked at supporting nearly every bill that had any serious hope of creating or keeping jobs, most recently filibustering on bills that provided aid to state and local governments and extending unemployment benefits. The result of the Republicans’ actions, unless they are reversed quickly, is that hundreds of thousands more workers will be thrown out of work by the mid-terms.

    The story is straightforward. Nearly every state and local government across the country is looking at large budget shortfalls for their 2011 fiscal years, most of which begin on 1 July 2010. Since they are generally required by state constitutions or local charters to balance their budgets, they will have no choice except to raise taxes and/or make large cutbacks and lay off workers to bring spending and revenue into line.

    State and local governments have cut their workforce by an average of 65,000 a month over the last three months. Without substantial aid from the federal government, this pace is likely to accelerate. The Republican agenda in blocking aid to the states may add another 300,000 people to the unemployment rolls by early November.

    It is possible that Congressional Republicans, who were willing to vote for hundreds of billions of dollars of war expenditures without paying for them, or trillions of dollars of tax cuts without paying for them, are actually concerned about this sort of increase in the national debt?

    The more likely explanation is that the Republicans want to block anything that can boost the economy and create jobs. Throwing people out of work may not be pretty, but politics was never pretty, and it is getting less so by the day.”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/jul/06/republicans-party-of-unemployment

  • DKnight007

    Special Teams in the Kick and Punt Return units need to improve drastically as well.

    The regression last year was dumbfounded but expected after losing the good special teams coach the previous year

  • RaiderResurrection

    To Post 207

    That’s why I’m not a Republican or a Democrat.

    I’m a Libertarian because politicians and the federal government DO NOT care about us.

    Therefore government is useless.

  • DKnight007

    If Lebron stays in Cleveland, all this ridiculousness with his egotistical 1 hour BSPN special will be even more LAME than it already is!

    If he truly wants to win a title(s) than he should sign with Chicago or Miami. They have the talent already in place to make serious runs at championships.

    Staying in Cleveland, is a bad move and they will not win a title for quite sometime, especially with the other Eastern Conference teams becoming stronger talent wise.

  • DKnight007

    RaiderResurrection Says:
    July 8th, 2010 at 12:03 pm
    To Post 207

    That’s why I’m not a Republican or a Democrat.

    I’m a Libertarian because politicians and the federal government DO NOT care about us.

    Therefore government is useless.

    ^^^^^^^^^
    Agreed!

  • Do Libertarians feel like hypocrites if they call 911, mail a letter, or check a book out of library? No offense. I’ve just always wondered…

  • Plunketthead

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iF9QUDExjw

    The lost episode of the little rascals.
    Barackwheat never looked so good

  • Obama’s approval rating among Independents: 38%

  • Is there a Repub with a better number among independents?

  • RaiderRockstar

    If Lebron stays in Cleveland, all this ridiculousness with his egotistical 1 hour BSPN special will be even more LAME than it already is!

    If he truly wants to win a title(s) than he should sign with Chicago or Miami. They have the talent already in place to make serious runs at championships.

    Staying in Cleveland, is a bad move and they will not win a title for quite sometime, especially with the other Eastern Conference teams becoming stronger talent wise.

    ***

    Agreed 100 percent!

    the Cavs lost to an OLD Boston team last year that has remained intact

    Even if King James returns, they are still faced with replacing Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Shaquille O’Neal, Sebastian Telfair and Jawad Williams

    what bigs could they get?

    Brad Miller, Kenyon Martin & Udonis Haslem ???

  • J Wiggle

    LeBron should go to NY …

    I don’t see any other option for his pursuit of being a billionaire basketball god.

    How can the king NOT go to the Mecca?

  • J Wiggle

    LeBron will NEVER be MVP on the Heat.

    If they make it to the finals, D Wade gets all the accolades.

    How does that help the LeBron brand?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Can you admit to the following improvements, at least on paper?

    DL better 2010 vs 2009
    OL better 2010 vs 2009
    QB better 20010 vs 2009

    ***

    AIG: on paper?

    absolutely!

    one could even argue that RB, WR, LB (besides McClain), CB and ST have improved “on paper” as well.

    no more fargas. no more walker. another year of maturity for Murph & DHB. healthy McFadden & Schilens. Wimbley, Scott & Groves for OLB and pass rushing DE (3rd downs) replacing Howard, Alston & Brown. McFadden & Ware replacing Holland & Bowie. Jacoby Ford on returns

  • RaiderResurrection

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    July 8th, 2010 at 12:07 pm
    Do Libertarians feel like hypocrites if they call 911, mail a letter, or check a book out of library? No offense. I’ve just always wondered…

    _______________________________________________________

    Actually BSG, I’m an NRA member and have a concealed carry permit, I’ll shoot the turd that thinks he can break into my house or steal from me. I don’t mail letters (e-mail has been around since Al Gore invented the internet with sarcasm), and I don’t go to the public library (who the hell checks books out anymore anyways?)

    I’m Libertarian through and through.

  • J Wiggle

    OL better 2010 vs 2009

    ——————————————————-

    How so?

  • Plunketthead

    The King would be a fool to sign anywhere except NY

  • RaiderResurrection

    Republicans are a bunch of jokes, they complain about Obama and his government, but have not even pushed a person to be the face of that party.

    No one is willing to take the reins of the Republican party.

  • RaiderRockstar

    LeBron should go to NY …

    ***

    who is a FA on the Knicks?

    just David Lee, Al Harrington & Jonathan Bender ???

  • “JaMarcus Russell… has even found drugs that are fattening,” quipped Dan LeBatard on ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption.”

    It sounds like they had a LARGE BODY of evidence in Russell’s case.

  • 38%

    Still quite some time for Obama to fix it before 2012, but I doubt he will reign in spending.

  • J Wiggle

    LeBron should go to NY …

    ***

    who is a FA on the Knicks?

    just David Lee, Al Harrington & Jonathan Bender ???

    ——————————————————

    Why does it matter who the Knicks FAs are?

  • RaiderRockstar

    It was sooo badd with Jawalrus and we managed to eek out 5 wins. Even if Campbell is a mediocre guy, that would be drastic improvements. We were competitive and won some games with Grad. We saw how different our team was with Grad vs Jawalrus. One guy does not make a huge difference in terms of winning a game but he can make a huge difference in terms of losing a game for you. We’re a team sport but having your weakest link at the QB position like Jawalrus is devastating.

    ***

    AIG: fair enough

    so all Jason Campbell has to be is average or mediocre for us to make the playoffs?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Why does it matter who the Knicks FAs are?

    ***

    Jwigg: just trying to find out what his supporting cast would look like in NY (besides Amare)

  • RaiderRockstar

    Nevermind – I looked it up

    Wilson Chandler
    Eddy Curry
    Toney Douglas
    Landry Fields (Rookie)
    Danilo Gallinari
    Andy Rautins (Rookie)
    Sergio Rodriguez (RFA)
    Amar’e Stoudemire
    Bill Walker

  • Plunketthead

    New post, spanky!

  • Try Cheating

    Aig, hey girl, I post politics here. Go vaporize yourself watching men wearing tights…

  • J Wiggle

    NY supporting cast = Galinari and Chandler who are much better pieces that Beasley and Chalmers in Miami.

    LeBron and Amare = better than D Wade and Bosh

    NY would also be able to bring in Mike Miller with the MLE.

    PLUS the have Eddie Curry’s ridiculous contract coming off the books next year which allows them to get another max player.

  • DKnight007

    J Wiggle Says:
    July 8th, 2010 at 12:22 pm
    LeBron should go to NY …

    I don’t see any other option for his pursuit of being a billionaire basketball god.

    How can the king NOT go to the Mecca?

    ^^^^^^^
    If it’s all about the EGO and Lebron brand making as much money as possible….then he can go to Knicks.

    He won’t win a title in NY for quite some time either though.

    Going to Chicago would bring the balance he should be looking for.