So Johnny Jolly wants to be reinstated into the NFL … are you freaking kidding me? First of all, he’s a recovering drug addict. Secondly, in the last four years, the guy has spent more time in a prison jumpsuit than he has in an NFL uniform. I honestly don’t think we need a third reason as to why he shouldn’t be reinstated. I can’t even fathom the thought process Jolly went through to convince himself that applying for reinstatement right now was a good idea.
Jolly, who was suspended from the NFL indefinitely in 2009 after battling a codeine addiction, has been sober for eight months. Following numerous run-ins with the law, he was sentenced to six years in prison back in November. After serving six months, he was released on shock probation in May.
Aside from the fact that he was quite talented when he was actually eligible to play, after all of his debauchery, I find it hard to believe that the Green Bay Packers will want to keep him around. In all honesty, I can’t imagine any team is going to waste its money on a habitual troublemaker like Jolly this soon. Plus, he’s on probation for the next 10 years. One slip-up and he goes right back in the slammer.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for giving people second chances when they’re deserved. But I really don’t think Jolly has done anything to prove that he should be reinstated. At this stage, he should be more concerned with getting and staying healthy than returning to the NFL. Sure, eight months of sobriety is a great start, but you have to take into account that he was behind bars for six of those months. If he stays clean for a year on the outside, definitely reinstate him. But, right now, I really don’t see the point in Roger Goodell giving him the opportunity … but stranger things have happened.