NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recently made remarks about marijuana usage in an interview with ESPN’s Mike & Mike. He called this substance “addictive,” and added that “You’re ingesting smoke, so that’s not usually a very positive thing.” These comments sparked discontent among fans, players and ex-players.
Former Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bear OL Eben Britton is a known advocate for removing cannabis from the list of banned substances in the NFL. He frequently spoke about how marijuana can be beneficial for retired players.
It did not take long before he called out Goodell’s comments, saying that they were “dumb” and “a big mistake.” He believes this kind of statements can “feed into the stigma of it rather than understanding it.” He added that he felt like Goodell lived in the Stone Age, and that such comments “make you look like you don’t (care) about the players.”
Britton is obviously not the only one advocating for a more lenient approach to the way the league handles marijuana cases. The NFL Players Association has also pushed for a “less punitive” policy in the past few months.
Source: ESPN · Photo Credit: Keystone press agency