“Life coach” fires JaMarcus Russell

This is truly a sad story. If John Lucas, who has overcome his own demons and has worked with several athletes over the years, has thrown his hands up, then you really are a lost cause. This is sad on so many levels because this young man could really be good. But this is what happens when people are used to getting what they want without really having to work for it. 'Coach' Lucas has always required his players to put in work. Name recognition did not mean anything to him when you played for him. I would not expect him to change his style now when someone's life/livelihood is on the line. I can only hope and pray that JaMarcus gets it together.

If JaMarcus Russell hasn’t hit bottom yet, we are not looking forward to what’s coming next.  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 title of your article should be, ‘It’s Over,’ ” one source told Cole. “It’s just amazing that you could say that about somebody who is 25 years old and just got drafted four years ago. But it’s been almost a year since he got cut and there’s no interest. Even before the lockout, nobody wanted to get near the kid.”

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