GREEN BAY – Johnny Jolly is a free man.
The former Green Bay Packers defensive end Johnny Jolly was granted his request for early release – after only six months of incarceration as part of a six-year prison sentence – on Tuesday after a Texas judge accepted his “shock probation” request.
“Shock probation” allows a defendant an opportunity to receive probation after a short period of time in a correctional facility. The theory behind shock probation is that immersing a defendant in the penal system for a short period of time could “shock” him or her into a noncriminal lifestyle.
Jolly will remain on probation for 10 years and will have to serve 200 hours of community service.
Jolly was arrested four times for illegal possession of codeine, and he has argued that he isn't a criminal but rather an addict who needs rehabilitation, not prison.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Jolly indefinitely in 2010, causing him to miss the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV title run. He was eligible after that game to apply for reinstatement but instead was arrested again in his native Houston. A sixth-round pick from Texas A&M in 2006, Jolly was the Packers’ best defensive lineman in 2009, his final season with the team.
The Packers do indeed still hold Jolly's NFL rights. He is on the Reserve/Suspended by the commissioner list.
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