Camp Can’t Come Soon Enough

By Troy A. Sparks, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: June 10, 2010

MILWAUKEE (BASN) — Training camp hasn’t started for the Green Bay Packers, and already they’re dealing with a couple of distractions.

The quest to go deep in the playoffs this upcoming season, hopefully the Super Bowl, need the attention of all players under contract to behave themselves better in public.

That’s what people in a small city like Green Bay and its organization expect.

Two situations come to mind that have yet to be solved. The trial of defensive end Johnny Jolly has been postponed for the umpteenth time. So far, the new trial date clashes with the start of training camp.

I think that Jolly will miss some of the training camp because the judge in Houston won’t grant permission for him to travel to Green Bay.

It’s possible that the trust went out of the window after violating the conditions that was set in place the last time. Jolly was told to stay away from drugs and alcohol.

A picture of him with drinks in his hand caught the attention of the judge, who set a strict 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew and told Jolly to avoid going to places where alcohol is served.

Jolly’s recent polygraph test revealed that it could’ve been a trick question when asked if he consumed any drugs and alcohol since last December 15.

Now, the prosecution wants to add possible drug charges to Jolly’s case.

They believed that he took part in a drug operation by bankrolling and arranging the transporting of narcotics.

That’s a separate charge from the more than 200 grams of codeine he’s accused of possessing in 2008. I wondered if that’s the reason the Packers drafted a defensive lineman in the second round this year.

Remember, Jolly is an unsigned, restricted free agent, and the team still hold his rights. I feel that the Packers should let him go.

The other situation involved seven Packer players, who met two women at a bar. The players participated in a golf outing near a vacation resort.

Six of the seven were questioned and released. The lone holdover was under investigation for an alleged sexual assault at the bar.

The women said they didn’t give permission to cornerback Brandon Underwood, the player accused, to touch them.

According to the Lake Delton, Wisconsin police, it was a case of he said, she said.

It’s unclear if any charges will occur. It’s also not clear that if both Jolly and Underwood avoid jail time what punishment commissioner Roger Goodell will dish out.

One thing the commish is trying to do is clean up the image of the league and its players.

In Titletown, they don’t need any more distractions before the preseason begins.