Athletes Battling Substance Abuse

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  • Marion Jones
  • Michael Irvin
  • JaMarcus Russell
  • Lawrence Taylor
  • Len Bias
  • Crystal Cox
  • Barry Bonds
  • Dwight Gooden
  • Allen Iverson
  • Addiction Does Not Discriminate
  • Mike Tyson
  • Darryl Strawberry
  • Ron Tarpley

JaMarcus Russell

JaMarcus Russell, 28, made headlines in 2007 with his $61 million quarterback contract with the Oakland Raiders, but due to poor performance, he was released in May 2010.  Russell was arrested in July 2010 for possession of a controlled substance. He later admitted that he often used “syrup,” the prescription cough medicine codeine. He allegedly kicked the habit and tried out for the Chicago Bears earlier this year but didn’t make the team.

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