It is pretty sad when your mentor tells you not to just leave him alone, but to get out of an entire state. I have gotten a few press releases from the John Lucas foundation about the “New JaMarcus Russell”.
It appears the new JaMarcus is a lot like the old JaMarcus.
The latest embarrassment for the former No. 1 overall pick: Russell’s “Life coach” John Lucas told Russell he would no longer work with him and asked Russell to leave Houston, according to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports.
Just think about that for a second. A man who is getting paid to help Russell, a man who makes a career out of rehabilitating athletes, gave up on the kid.
Russell reportedly worked hard after starting to work with Lucas last September, but he quickly lost focus. He showed up to NFL workouts last November and December out of shape, and his work habits “continued to deteriorate.” Lucas grew tired of trying to get Russell to care.
The best we can hope for JaMarcus is that he doesn’t blow all his money and end up in jail, but at this rate that could be a risky proposition to make.