Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly still hasn’t reported to OTA’s after recently graduating from a court-ordered drug-rehabilitation program down in Houston.
A sixth-round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, Jolly was suspended indefinitely by the NFL in 2010 after multiple arrests in Houston for felony codeine possession. He served six months of a six-year term in jail for violating probation and was released last May and placed on shock probation for 10 years.
McCarthy said he’ll comment more on Jolly when he returns to the team, but reiterated the team’s commitment to Jolly in the wake of his three-year hiatus from the league.
“Well I think our society is built on second chance,” McCarthy said. “I think how many times you look through the history of successful individuals that probably or maybe wouldn’t have happened without a second chance. Every case is different. There’s absolute right way and wrong way when you evaluate every situation. I’m glad to see Johnny Jolly going through the process that he’s going through. Very proud of where he is to this point but he still has a lot in front of him.”
The Packers are one of the classiest organizations in the NFL. Not many teams would stick with a player for three years as he works on getting clean.