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Raiders claim they tried to aid Russell

Updated: July 8, 2010, 8:18 AM ET
Associated Press

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders responded to former JaMarcus Russell's recent arrest on Wednesday by saying they did all they could to help the former No. 1 overall pick before releasing him two months ago.

The Raiders issued a statement two days after Russell was charged with possession of a controlled substance -- codeine syrup -- after being arrested at his home in Mobile, Ala.

"We did all that we could to intervene and assist with a myriad of issues with JaMarcus ...

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