Jun 27, 2008, 07:14AM

NFL Or Coke Dealer?

University of Alabama linebacker Jimmy Johns, perhaps realizing that his name is better suited for high-stakes drug dealing than playing football, has been selling large quantities of cocaine for years. Last week he finally got rung up on felony charges after an undercover sting.

Alabama Crimson Tide senior linebacker Jimmy Johns was dismissed from the football team and suspended from the University on Tuesday after being arrested on felony drug charges.

Johns was charged with five counts of distribution of cocaine and one count of possession of a controlled substance.

Police said Johns was "pretty wide open" to selling cocaine to students on and around the campus but tried to hide what he was doing from his teammates.

Undercover officers purchased cocaine from Johns five times in the last week and a half, Snyder said, and they arrested him at a gas station near his off-campus apartment where he lived alone.

Johns violated NCAA eligibility rules by putting his image on a Web site that advertised the sale of pit bulls.

Pictures of Johns in his Alabama uniform appeared on jimmyjohnspitbulls.com which violates NCAA bylaw which states that, "an individual shall not be eligible for participation in intercollegiate athletics if the individual accepts any remuneration for or permits the use of his or her name or picture to advertise, recommend or promote directly the sale or use of a commercial product or service of any kind."


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