Randy Gregory Failed Another Drug Test, And I Think I'm Starting To Understand The NFL's Anti-Marijuana Stance
I know, I know. It sounds crazy, but I think I am legitimately starting to come around on the NFL's prohibition of a widely legalized recreation drug that neither enhances an athlete's performance or decreases their lifespan. Of course I realize that it seems completely out of place on the banned substances list. How could I not recognize how silly it is to discipline the most violent of competitors for using of a fairly harmless substance that has proven beneficial in the recovery process? I would have to be ignorant to not understand how far weed smoking is from fitting the mold of what a punishable offense should be. That said, as of now we simply don't have a more relevant intelligence test for football players than pissing in a cup.
How else are we going to determine if a player has what it takes upstairs to make it in the NFL? Everyone knows the Wonderlic is a joke. The inability to do a 6th grade word problem isn't some kind of foolproof warning sign of what you should (or shouldn't) expect from a player once he gets on the gridiron. The will power and decision making necessary to refrain from using marijuana for a couple years? That's a very different story.
The act of smoking weed can be a lot of things. A habit. A hobby. A bonding experience. A nightcap. An appetizer. One thing it's not, however, is an addiction. That means the Randy Gregory's, Josh Gordon's, and (potentially) Le'Veon Bell's of the league made a conscious, voluntary choice to risk their limited career window for a temporary high. It might be a high that can help cure aches and pains, but it's not a high that should be worth their livelihood. The players that can't wrap their head around that concept - no matter how antiquated it is - simply don't have the brain power required to make millions of dollars as a semi-public figure. Even this idiot comprehends that...