We can all agree the NFL’s biggest issue is concussions and how they are handled. But a much smaller issue that is on the rise is marijuana use by its players. Though not a new issue, it has recently become a much more visible as former players like Lomas Brown throw out significant percentages of how many players actually use the drug.
Though Brown says that use by players is much lower now than when he played, from 90% to 50%, he also warns that he sees no way to curb the use by players.
Meanwhile, the use of marijuana is gaining steam as a legitimate way to pain and injuries, i.e. concussions. And with the legalization of medical marijuana in states like Colorado, it’s only natural that the question of whether the NFL will begin to allow marijuana use is being asked.
That very question was asked of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday night and Goodell didn’t rule it out.
“I don’t know what’s going to develop as far as the next opportunity for medicine to evolve and to help either deal with pain or help deal with injuries,” Goodell said, “but we will continue to support the evolution of medicine.”
As more and more states legalize the drug, it’s evitable that the NFL also makes it legal for its players. Mainly, because the fact that the drug is illegal and banned by the league hasn’t stopped its players.