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JaMarcus Russell pleads not guilty to dranking the purple drank

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Earlier this month, former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell was arrested and charged with possession of codeine syrup. He was arrested in his own home during an undercover investigation.

Tuesday, Russell, looking elegant and understated in a suit bearing his initials, pled not guilty to the charge. Here's more from Mike Herndon at

"We're looking forward to the hearing on Aug. 11," said Russell's attorney, Donald Briskman. "I asked the court to set it early so we could get this behind us."

As for Russell's plans in the meantime, Briskman said he would be "getting prepared to play professional football."

It remains unclear which, if any, NFL teams are preparing to give JaMarcus Russell(notes) a job. He wasn't exactly the belle of the free-agent ball before the arrest, so right now, he's not even on the level of the dirty, toothless girl sitting in the corner, punching imaginary bats.

You'll note, though, that Russell's attorney said "professional football" and not "NFL football." That seems to leave open the possibility of a move to the UFL, even though it's been previously reported that Russell has no interest in the fledgling league. Circumstances have changed.

Oddly, Russell's name appeared briefly on the Omaha Nighthawks roster over the weekend.

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