Earlier this morning, a day after the start of the 2017 NFL draft, commissioner Roger Goodell went on ESPN radio’s Mike and Mike to express his ridiculously antiquated views on cannabis use in professional football.
“I think you still have to look at a lot of aspects of marijuana use.” Goodell told the radio hosts. “Is it something that can be negative to the health of our players? 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. And it’s not as simple as someone just wants to feel better after a game. We really want to help our players in that circumstance but I want to make sure that the negative consequences aren’t something that is something that we’ll be held accountable for some years down the road.”
If Goodell were discussing prescription painkiller abuse, a problem that was for years fully sanctioned and ran rampant in the NFL, he may have made some sense, but no – Roger was talking about cannabis.
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