National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell went on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike” morning show last week and seemingly worsened the NFL’s position on marijuana — if that was even possible.
There have been numerous reports of rampant over-prescribing of opioid painkillers in professional football, so Goodell’s already-concerning record on player health and safety took another hit after his comments:
Listen, you’re ingesting smoke so that’s not usually a very positive thing that people would say. It does have addictive nature. There are a lot of compounds in marijuana that may not be healthy for the players long-term. All of those things have to be considered. It’s not as simple as, you know, someone just wants to feel better after a game.
Goodell’s comments on the radio muddied the league’s marijuana waters even further, casting doubt as to whether or not the NFL would ever change their ways.
Luckily, the NFL Player’s Association (NFLPA) is still fighting for expanded access to medical marijuana.
Normally, the NFLPA would have to make major concessions to the league on their Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) if they wanted amendments…