It's Officially "Over" for JaMarcus

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    NEWSLETTERS

    AP
    In this photo released by Mobile (Ala.) County Sheriff's Office shows JaMarcus Russell on Monday, July 5, 2010 in Mobile, Ala. Russell had been arrested on a drug charge in Alabama.

    Getting cut just three years after being the No. 1 pick in the NFL is bad enough.

    Losing your house to foreclosure and getting arrested for sipping illegal "purple drank" only makes things worse.

    But despite all that there was still some hope for JaMarcus Russell. The once future of the Oakland Raiders still had a few people who believed in him, most importantly John Lucas.

    The former basketball player and coach has been known to take an interest in athletes who need help. He has mentored drug offenders and just those lacking motivation.

    In Russell, Lucas got a little bit of both. He took Russell under his wing and tried to get the player's ballooning weight under control.

    He went on Showtime's "Inside the NFL" and tried to show the Russell was working out, getting ready for a comeback to the NFL.

    But a lack of interest from the NFL and a lack of motivation from Russell, Lucas has finally given up on Russell.

    Yahoo's Jason Cole reports that one source close to the matter said Lucas has asked Russell to leave Houston and has said he no longer wants to work with the quarterback.

    The source told Cole the title of his article should be "it’s over."

    When Lucas gives up on you things really are over. And when no one in the NFL wants to even meet with you, it really is over.