There's not much I respect about the NFL's policy on marijuana use. I don't respect that they even care that athletes use a substance that's damn near legal nationwide and does nothing to enhance performance. I don't respect the fact that there are players that could make the game better sitting out because they like to dabble in the chronic after a hard day's work. I don't respect the fact that they are closely monitoring Twitter accounts on the ultimate stoner's holiday in hopes of catching NFL players when they are at their most vulnerable.
What I can respect is their ability to see through a player's attempt to throw them off the scent. Do I think that Pat McAfee - a punter who wants to see every penny of that paycheck - is smoking weed on 4/20? Probably not. Do I think he posted something that someone that was going to smoke weed but didn't want anyone to know would? Absolutely. All NFL tweets that merely made mention of the date in question as a holiday needed to be screened and promptly responded to with an empty Dixie cup and a request for urine. I don't agree with the process, but I do agree with their institution of said process. Only the people undergoing the paranoia of pot use would think that it's necessary to claim their innocence on social media unprovoked. Whoever smelt it, dealt it. Whoever denied it, supplied it. I appreciate Pat McAfee sending his love to the most high, but the only way his shot calling resembles that of Babe Ruth is if Babe Ruth was playing tee ball.