NFL player JaMarcus Russell has pleaded not guilty to possession of codeine syrup at his court appearance in Alabama.
The former Oakland Raider quarterback appeared in court alongside his attorney who said that the charge will be dismissed after confidential new information and evidence was presented in the case.
“Well, it’s just a formality in the case,” Russell’s attorney said in an interview with ESPN. “We have entered a not guilty plea and are looking forward to the hearing in August, because I am more than confident that he will be acquitted.”
Russell was arrested in his home after authorities found him in possession of codeine without a prescription. Police did not disclose what led up to the arrest; however they did say that although Russell had a multitude of people in his home, he was the only one arrested.
Russell was released on $2,500 bond and also was released from his starting position on the Oakland Raiders.
As of press time, Russell’s attorney stated that Russell has hopes of returning to the NFL after the trial was over.