By Will Yoder
November 15, 2011

Suspended NFL defensive lineman Johnny Jolly said in an interview on ESPN’s Outside the Lines that his “only friend was the codeine.”

Jolly, a Green Bay Packer from 2006-2009, has been arrested and charged with drug possession on multiple occasions.  He was suspended by the NFL in 2010 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, a decision he claims caused him to turn to more drugs for comfort.

“Every time I even thought about a game coming on, I mean that’s the only way I could make it through the day,” Jolly said. “It hurt me not to watch, too.”

Jolly’s most recent run in with the law came in April when he was sentenced to probation after he was charged with possession of a controlled substance. Police reported finding a bottle containing 600 grams of codeine in Jolly's car.

As part of his probation sentence, a judge mandated that Jolly receive drug treatment at a facility in Houston.

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