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Russell responsible for his downfall

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, July 12th, 2010 at 11:33 am in Oakland Raiders.

Vacation is over.

Figured it was a good time to burn the last three weeks of my yearly allotment, with minicamps over and usually little in the way of real news until draft picks begin signing (hello, Jared Veldheer and Bruce Campbell), with the starting gun for the flurry of contracts usually coming around the Fourth of July.

Who knew JaMarcus Russell would still be headline material?

Since I wasn’t on the clock when the Russell arrest went down, I’ll give you a few impressions of the situation and its aftermath, and those of you who are tired of reading anything about Russell feel free to abandon ship here and await news heading into training camp later this month.

– As I mentioned on my Twitter account, Russell’s alleged affinity for cough syrup was a rampant Internet rumor for more than a year. Many readers of this blog sent me e-mails about it. Some of them slipped into the comments and weren’t deleted. Most of my responses to you were that without some sort of documentation, it was off limits.

Russell hasn’t been found guilty of anything _ his attorney seems to think the whole thing will go away _ but an arrest report opened the door to making it news.

– I have a lot of respect for colleague and friend Monte Poole, but we don’t always agree.

Monte’s column which suggested the Raiders may have turned a blind eye to Russell’s problems provoked an angry club response which said they had done what they could to intervene in the “myriad” issues surrounding the quarterback.

No way the Raiders were oblivious.

They’ll never go into detail about what they knew and when they knew it, nor should they.

You think it was an easy thing for Al Davis to authorize Russell’s benching after proclaiming the quarterback would be “great” in the Lane Kiffin letter? There was plenty of speculation that Davis would never bench Russell.

That doesn’t happen unless Davis has information that there’s something else going on beyond poor play and practice habits.

When Russell emerged from the bench and actually led a game-winning drive against Denver on Dec. 20 and still couldn’t re-insert himself into the picture, that’s a pretty good clue the Raiders knew what they were dealing with.

Common sense says the Raiders worked to protect their investment and get Russell straightened out. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was an ultimatum presented around the time of the last minicamp about getting some help, taking a pay cut and attempting to work his way back from the bottom of the depth chart.

They went through this before with another highly-paid Russell. Darrell Russell couldn’t extricate himself from the party scene, and I’ll never forget Davis’ talking about him at a press conference following his departure. Usually stubborn and defiant, Davis sounded almost wistful for a moment, saying, “We just couldn’t win that battle” alluding to Russell’s issues which included drug suspensions.

This was before Darrell Russell was killed an an automobile accident in Southern California.

I’ve said before the Raiders are responsible for putting JaMarcus Russell into a Davis-Kiffin environment that made it difficult for the quarterback to succeed on the field, but the quarterback’s affinity for showing up in TMZ photos in Las Vegas and earning an underground reputation for partying were his choices as an adult to make. It wasn’t the fault of the Raiders, or Russell’s choice of friends. It’s on Russell.

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  • The Return of Godliness

    # Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    July 12th, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    And thats COIF. Look it up, since you’re already at the lye-barry.

    Next time someones teachin why don’t you get…
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    not at library buddy….it just tempts me to peel white housewives that arent satisfied by their hubbies that live in suburbia lol

  • RaiderRockstar

    Is that JD or Wild Turkey you sippin in podunk right now?

    ***

    ROG: Kool-Aid

    20 cents a packet at your local Super Wal-Mart

    get the invisable kind. looks like water, tastes like watermelon kiwi

    whoever thought of that is genious. doesn’t stain clothes…. oh snap!

  • The Return of Godliness

    # Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    July 12th, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Heard Reverend Run on the radio a while back. Still solid, and funny.
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    Run is a sucka….but I’ll be the father of his grandson fa sho….that older one can get the B.I.

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    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 12th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Is that JD or Wild Turkey you sippin in podunk right now?

    ***

    ROG: Kool-Aid

    20 cents a packet at your local Super Wal-Mart

    get the invisable kind. looks like water, tastes like watermelon kiwi

    whoever thought of that is genious. doesn’t stain clothes…. oh snap!
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    Well i am black…..so watermelon just sold me lol

  • Just Fire Baby

    Darius Miles career shooting % is better than Randolph’s.

    50% his first year 48% his second.

    Randolph 46% than 44%.

    Miles out of the league at 29. Expect the same from Randolph.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Well i am black…..so watermelon just sold me

    ***

    LOL!

    come on ROG. you know Kell is around here someplace and doesn’t appreciate that :)

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    Bri3n

    Rap Is A Joke! at the Club Six 60 Sixth St., hidden between Market/Mission in San Francisco, CA this Thursday 7/15/10 @ 10pm. Need to get on the list homie?

  • CJ Legend 34

    Man I can not wait to see the Lakers taking on the Miami Heat in the playoofs next year. It will be like NY Yankees vs. NY Yankees.

    This kind of reminds me when the Lakers had Carl Malone and Gary Payton take pay cuts to come play with Kobie and Shaq and the Pistons killed them! Payton and Malone were out of all that jack with nothing to show for it. LMAFAO!!!!!!!!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    ROG: if we’re gonna stereotype people in here you might as well picture me in the midwest in overalls drinking Sasparilla, complete with mullet and missing teeth

    Rufus and Skeeter are out back playin’ the banjo & geetar

  • RaiderRockstar

    Man I can not wait to see the Lakers

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    Who???

    I assume you meant the Suns or OKC … but I forgive you CJ :)

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    # Just Fire Baby Says:
    July 12th, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Darius Miles career shooting % is better than Randolph’s.

    50% his first year 48% his second.

    Randolph 46% than 44%.

    Miles out of the league at 29. Expect the same from Randolph.
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    Miles attitudes and actions did him in not his play……wow how many minutes does Randolph log in under Nellie? Thank you….VR….come back home tothe bay and hear W’s fans complaints

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    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 12th, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Well i am black…..so watermelon just sold me

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    LOL!

    come on ROG. you know Kell is around here someplace and doesn’t appreciate that :)
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    Fugg that Joo loving idiot….he never showed up when it was time to rumble right by Ricky’s Sports bar lol

  • DKnight007

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    July 12th, 2010 at 11:51 am
    I like David Lee… a legit 20/10 guy.

    Hated Anthony Randolph. Desrves to be a Harlem Globetrotter not an NBA player. Hoops IQ rivals Jamarcus’ football IQ.

    Ellis might be shipped, word is he is wants out badly. Him, Curry and Watson as our backcourt = no defense.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Yeah we will see how much you like D Lee in two years after he keeps getting beat defensively and he doesn’t get his alleged 20/10 a night and is getting paid 80 million?? Hahaha…that Warrior trade reeks of desperation.

    Giving up on Randolph this early in his young career was stupid.

  • http://sportmag.us/images/Lester_Hayes_November_1981.jpg RaiderDogg

    RR

    Please extend a hearty midwestern, bible belt hello to Rufus and Skeeter for me. Have you talked to Cletus lately?

  • RaiderRockstar

    ROG: Nellie is coming to Branson

    LOL!

    can’t imagine a more old & “pasty” crowd …

    come out to the show and I’ll take you froggin’

    ever used a gig?

    caught 31 on friday night. need 50 more for the fish fry on Sunday

    frog legs taste like chicken, seriously

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    RRS…..see I’m not one of them nyggas who tries to dispute some steretypes….yes we love watermelon during given times of the year and hell yes I love purple kool aid and chicken and most of the time i dont tip well lol

  • DKnight007

    If the W’s don’t resign Morrow, than that will be another stupid non move! LOL

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Kell? Rumble?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Dogg: Cletus is workin’ on the truck

    canardly recognizem with all tha grease onher face

    see that coon skin hat? ran over that’n yesterdee

    shez a reel beauti

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    No surprise MR isn’t here today – his boy Roman Polanski just got sprung. Hope his cousin’s got 911 on the speeddial.

  • RaiderRockstar

    ROG: I would never hate on anybody for lovin’em some fried chicken and biscuits. or watermelon. some of my favorites

    i’m glad you said purple Kool-Aid and not Drank :)

  • DKnight007

    Yeah we will see how much you like D Lee in two years after he keeps getting beat defensively and he doesn’t get his alleged 20/10 a night and is getting paid 80 million?? Hahaha…that Warrior trade reeks of desperation.

    Giving up on Randolph this early in his young career was stupid.

    Not keeping Morrow around is going to be ANOTHER stupid move for this franchise! How many stupid moves can a lame duck owner and lame front office make before being selling?? Gawwd!

    Terrible!

  • GaterRaider

    did i hear someone say Sactown? Yessir tyreke to cousins all day!

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    Gater!!!! A Real Sacramento King is here!!!

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    # RaiderDogg Says:
    July 12th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Bri3n

    Rap Is A Joke! at the Club Six 60 Sixth St., hidden between Market/Mission in San Francisco, CA this Thursday 7/15/10 @ 10pm. Need to get on the list homie?
    ******************************

    Fuk its in the city? Dammit….Got to be at the office in san ramon early inthe morning……damn thats all bad for me playa

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    # Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    July 12th, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Kell? Rumble?
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    Kell’s version of a rumble is hotly contested bingo game

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    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 12th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    ROG: I would never hate on anybody for lovin’em some fried chicken and biscuits. or watermelon. some of my favorites

    i’m glad you said purple Kool-Aid and not Drank :)
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    Dont worry….week 2 bob’s good friend gonna have some for us! I told Bob he will see why Russell seemed retarded

  • The Return of Godliness

    # Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    July 12th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    No surprise MR isn’t here today – his boy Roman Polanski just got sprung. Hope his cousin’s got 911 on the speeddial.
    *******************************

    Cousin? wouldnt be surpised if he gave his mama a full body massage singing…” I’ll always love my Mama, she’s my favorite girl”…………

  • GaterRaider

    wats guud rog, hows that town life

  • aig

    Cousin is going to haunt the W’s for a long long time. W’s are a cursed franchise.

    Welcome back Jerry.

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    # GaterRaider Says:
    July 12th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    wats guud rog, hows that town life
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    Mainy bruh……80 cops getting laid off……..you already seen chi town is off the ritcher now watch the town

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    # aig Says:
    July 12th, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Cousin is going to haunt the W’s for a long long time. W’s are a cursed franchise.

    Welcome back Jerry.
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    Yall some b*tches welcoming jerry back

  • RaiderRockstar

    ROG: you prefer Steve Corkran?

  • GaterRaider

    oakland gon wild! u get any shoes from footlocker recently? lol i been seein

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

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    Leaveland, Ohio is the Oakhole of the midwest…

  • RaiderRockstar

    The Miami Heat’s makeover madness continues, with free-agent Quentin Richardson leaving for the Orlando Magic, a source confirmed Tuesday to the Sun Sentinel. Richardson’s departure follows the weekend departure of another Heat free-agent small forward, with Dorell Wright moving on to the Golden State Warriors.

    In a move that could have repercussions for Matt Barnes or J.J. Redick, the Orlando Magic have agreed in principle to a multi-year contract with free-agent wing Quentin Richardson, Yahoo! Sports is reporting via Twitter. The 6-foot-6 Richardson averaged 8.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game for the Miami Heat last season. He also started 75 regular-season games for the Heat.

    The Miami Heat’s unofficial addition of Washington Wizards free-agent forward Mike Miller is official to at least one of the parties involved. The “Mike Miller Official Site” now features Heat colors and a Heat logo. Though the site offers no mention of the 3-point specialist’s impending signing with the Heat, the former University of Florida standout not only comes with LeBron James’ endorsement, but also with some history with the Heat’s prime offseason acquisition

    The Charlotte Bobcats are close to sending Boris Diaw and possibly Tyson Chandler to the Toronto Raptors in a three-way deal including the Phoenix Suns that would acquire point guard Jose Calderon and at least one other player, a source from one of the three teams involved confirmed.

    http://www.insidehoops.com/nba_rumors.shtml

  • The Return of Godliness

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 12th, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    ROG: you prefer Steve Corkran?
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    Yep i do actually

  • The Return of Godliness

    # GaterRaider Says:
    July 12th, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    oakland gon wild! u get any shoes from footlocker recently? lol i been seein
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    Naw i wasnt there……i was very upset about verdict and refused to be outside in streets for fear of what i may have done….I knew Oscar since he was a baby

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    My good friend in LA is Dorell Wright’s cousin. Kid can ball. I can now root for the W’s (LOLOLOL).

  • The Return of Godliness

    Dorell Wright sucks

  • RaiderRockstar

    think I’ll throw some chicken breast on the grill for dinner tonight. give the wife a night off

    green beans & scalloped potatoes on the side

    where’s Rich?

    I got some Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce on sale at Wal-Mart this weekend, it was funny we were just talking about it. Regular Price = $3.68 , Rockstar’s on sale Price = $2 even. should have stocked up!

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    The Return of Godliness Says:
    July 12th, 2010 at 1:20 pm
    Dorell Wright sucks

    :::::::::::::::::::::::::

    Well, he ain’t no Mike Cage but he could star for the Warriors.

  • The Return of Godliness

    # Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    July 12th, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    The Return of Godliness Says:
    July 12th, 2010 at 1:20 pm
    Dorell Wright sucks

    :::::::::::::::::::::::::

    Well, he ain’t no Mike Cage but he could star for the Warriors.
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    Starring for W’s means you win 35 games………….yawwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnnnn. Wright sucks man

  • EndZoner

    Thanks, Jerry. Truer words have never been spoken.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Derek Fisher has decided to stay with the Los Angeles Lakers.

    Credit Kobe Bryant with the assist.

    “I have decided to continue with Kobe, continue with our teammates and the fans of Los Angeles,” Fisher said in a statement. “While this may not be the most lucrative contract I’ve been offered this offseason, it is the most valuable. I am confident I will continue to lead this team on and off the court. Let the hunt for six begin.”

    The Lakers have won two straight titles and five in Fisher’s tenure with the team.

    muhahahahahahaaa!

  • aig

    ROG,

    dude you always this sour?

  • mcskinnnylegs

    why doesnt any one talk about the RAIDERS in the RAIDERS blog?

  • RaiderRockstar

    the Nets finished with a 12-70 record

    ***

    add in Avery Johnson (HC), Travis Outlaw, Jordan Farmar. rookies Derrick Favors & Damion James

    they should be above even with the Cavs in the East now, right ???

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    # EndZoner Says:
    July 12th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Thanks, Jerry. Truer words have never been spoken.
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    Another pucci

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    # aig Says:
    July 12th, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    ROG,

    dude you always this sour?
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    No im always telling the truth