July 22, 2024

Former Raiders QB faces lawsuit from former high school

Infamous NFL Draft bust JaMarcus Russell does not seem to have much success in his post-playing efforts, either.

According to Simone Eli of WKRG, the former No. 1 pick was fired as a volunteer assistant coach at Williamson High School in Mobile, Alabama, for allegedly taking a $74,000 check intended to be a donation to the school. Russell is also being sued over the check.

Russell allegedly solicited a local business owner for a $74,000 donation to help the high school purchase equipment for its weight room. The high school allegedly never saw any of that money, and Russell is accused of depositing the check and withdrawing $55,000. Russell has admitted to depositing the check but has denied any wrongdoing.

Formerly a star quarterback at Williamson, Russell has been banned from campus and from having contact with the football program.

Russell lasted just three years in the NFL after being the Oakland Raiders’ No. 1 pick in 2007. He is regarded as arguably the biggest bust in league history. He seemingly came to terms with that a few years ago. Despite his status, he did earn over $36 million during his brief NFL career.