Cromartie: NFL should allow marijuana

Antonio Cromartie believes the NFL should let players smoke weed.

Why?

“We’re just going to do it anyway,” he said. “They just need to let it go. They need to go ahead and say, ‘Y’all go ahead, smoke it, do what you need to do.’”

Cromartie discussed this topic, and others, in the video we posted earlier.

Cromartie has clarified his statement.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Just to be clear, as far as I can tell, I was the first the the Jetsbloggydome to post the ThisIs50.com interview and I didn’t do it to be salacious or controversial — I did it because we value Cromartie’s opionions on football and other topics.  Personally I didn’t even think his comments on marijuana registered a blip on the radar.  They weren’t even worth playing up as they seemed dismissive of the whole issue in a toothpaste-out-of-the-tube way rather than in a CROMARTIE REEFER MADNESS!!!! way.

To give you the reader some perspective, I lean strongly libertarian in my beliefs despite my more narrow personal orthopraxies and beliefs.  So what do I think about the whole thing?

I think that former Jet Ray Lucas has been very up front about the problems of prescription pain killer addiction in the NFL.  I think that Ricky Williams has been open about this topic, for years.  I think the commissioner of the NFL has already toyed with the idea of medical usage.  I think that HBO Sports recent discussion on the use of marijuana in the NFL has likely opened more eyes on how widespread it is.   I think I agree with Dr. Drew Pinksky, who said last year that “any chemical can be either good or bad depending on the circumstance of the use and relationship with the drug. Morphine [is] good if you have cancer, bad if you are a heroin addict.”

I think playing in the NFL is a painful business and one addiction (Vicodin, alcohol, marijuana, etc.) is no better or worse than another.   I think I’d rather players have a support system to deal with the toll that playing the sport puts on their body rather than have them self-medicate without accountability.




149 comments
Mark Phelan
Mark Phelan

Self-medication, whatever the substance, is destructive.  

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

If Dr. Pinksky said "morphine ...is bad if you are a heroine addict" as an example of why the NFL should ignore the use of weed, please keep that guy away from me. He should be selling Red Herring instead of practicing medicine. 

I hope that remark was just a non sequitur and has nothing to do with the NFL "legalizing" weed discussion because if any player was on heroine and thought the NFL should condone the use of weed to control the addiction he'd be insane. A heroine addict would do anything, including throwing a game for a fix and that would make the Black Sox scandal look like a church social. It would kill the billionaire owner - multi-millionaire player golden goose for good.


BTW, I'm also heavily libertarian with the exception of their stance on drugs. I'm against use of any drug unless absolutely necessary to save a life. Too many people have been killed and lives ruined to condone their use.


DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

I've smoked weed everyday since I was 15. That is 12 years.

I'm heathly, college educated, have a career, I drive a Lincoln mkz, have a beautiful GF and own a condo. But the biggest thing is, I'm a great human being.

Weed is something people do, it does not define who the person is.

idothis2
idothis2

i always preferred the 1st cigarette in the morning high to the weed high

harvlis
harvlis

Of course, whether it is legal or not is a factor but, in my opinion, if a player is able to throw down a six pack of beers or a pint of Johnny Walker after a game he should be able to smoke weed.  The entire country will come around to this, in a short period of time.  If a player (or person) chooses to drive while smoking pot, he should be subject to the same strict laws that pertain to alcohol. 

kniff
kniff

Weed, just like cigarettes, is smoked, and smoking is very bad for your lungs...


Diseased lungs inhibit stamina, and athletic ability in general, by reducing  oxygen absorption into the bloodsteam.


A Pro Football player might want to dabble in it to reduce pain or stress to some degree, but I know coaches and owners will be diametrically opposed to it...


At the end of the day freedom and liberty should prevail, and individuals should be able to make this choice for themselves...

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@DrJonathanReefer  i dont smoke weed and i have a hemorroid my gf cheats on me and i live at home with my mom and drive a used daewoo

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

@DrJonathanReefer  But Hank says it's an addicting gateway drug, so surely you must be lying, and are actually laying in a ditch right now, posting from a phone you stole from some poor woman you stabbed while high on crack and in need for money to buy the next hit.

BDarc23
BDarc23

@harvlis  I'm sure the NFL will remove it as a banned substance when it is legalized but you can't expect them to publicly support it before that.

JCuratola3
JCuratola3

Well if you took the time o do some research about it (which you should if you have an opinion about such a debatable topic) you would know that marijuana smoke doesn't have the same effect on the lungs that cigarettes do.

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

Lol just figured it was time everyone knew a bit more about myself then just my moniker

harvlis
harvlis

@Hanknaples @harvlis Hank, I would never say that weed is not threatening.  It is not a performance enhancing drug.   I also respect the states that still consider it illegal.  I am simply stating that, in my opinion, it should be legal and monitored like alcohol, for drivers.  Players shouldn't lose their livelihoods over it.

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples The Hank Zone: where cartels trying to prevent something from happening means it probably shouldn't happen. 

harvlis
harvlis

@BDarc23  I don't expect them to support alcohol or weed but, they don't have to test or penalize for it. 

Brendan
Brendan

@BDarc23 The NBA doesn't test for it, they don't seem to have a problem. 

kniff
kniff

@JCuratola3  Well J,


I did more "research" on the matter than I care to admit, most of which took place while listening to Led Zeppelin's "No Quarter" in High School....



rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@Hanknaples  ive seen the same study on 20/20...they gave non alcoholic beer to college students and after a few drinks asked them how they feel and they all claimed to be buzzed and starting to feel more confident and open 

a57se
a57se

@Hanknaples

What it means, Hank is they have the right to find out the hard way as well so why listen to you when they have all the answers!

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples @Brendan  I was talking more about how they can genetically engineer weed to fight cancer, stop seizures in children, and other health benefits that have only been discovered over the past decade or so, as more states open it up for research. In five years it will be legal and people will be laughing about how society treated it for so long. 

juunit
juunit

@Hanknaples  

Sure. Moderation is always the key. But honestly, I had to figure that out myself to believe it. Maybe it's not ideal, but I feel like you just have to trust people to know better than to screw around heavily with the stuff that'll kill them. And the people that aren't smart enough? Well, the world's overpopulated anyway... I mean, crack was huge in the late 80's - early '90s. Now, not so much, because the general population figured it out on their own through trial and error. It's far from perfect, but letting people figure it out on their own is the best strategy IMO. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples The mind may not have, but the chemicals sure have. Science is crazy, Hanker. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples Of course your life experiences count, but acting like times are the same now as they were back then isn't right. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples That's a fair thing to say, Hanker. It's when you go all glassy-eyed and act like weed is the gateway of all evil that we get off track. 

juunit
juunit

@Hanknaples  

You know, I feel like you're almost trying to be noble here by telling people to stay away and all. But, in my experience (and it seems your own as well) you didn't learn the lesson until you lived it yourself. So, why bother? You're trying to fight the human condition here. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples 


You don't know what your weed dealer sells, only I know what your weed dealer sells. 


Sincerely,


The Hank Zone

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

Hank has a pretty good point. But it does not mean that weed itself is a gateway drug. Anything could be the gateway. Most people who do heroin gateway drug is prescription pills.

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples Hank, can we stop acting like people who drink don't do drugs. You go to a club in the city that only serves LEGAL ALCOHOL and can find 50 people blowing coke. 

juunit
juunit

@Hanknaples @Brendan 

How is that not an argument for legalizing it then, so that it's equivalent to alcohol? 

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

This is very true hank and one of the many reasons I'm for legalizing weed. Much easier to get weed as a teen then it was o get booze.

Now if weed was legalized it would be regulated and we can stop unprepared teens from messing up their lives.( even tho most dr. Do that with all the pills they feed the children of today)

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@Hanknaples  i think people with addictive personalities something as simple as the nicotine in a cigerrette can be a gateway drug too it all depends on the person 

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples Hank, the guy I buy my weed from sells weed and only weed. 


I will say it again: scientists who are paid to study these things have proven that alcohol is a bigger gateway drug than weed. 

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

Yes the social settings are completely different and yes some people who smoke weed get into bigger and worst drugs.

Now I tend to believe that said person would do the other drugs regardless of if they smoked weed first or not. There is clearly nothing in weed that makes u wanna do other drugs. It comes down to the will power of said person.

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples  Hank, it has been proven that alcohol is a bigger gateway drug than weed. 

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

My brother has no game at all. So no. And my dad was a 70s teen. He smoked mucho weed and has lived a perfectly fine life.

kniff
kniff

@Brendan @kniff  Well hey Brendan you may very well be right, but maybe Winslow didn't offer to pass him the joint! LOL 


(just kidding)

Brendan
Brendan

@kniff I would, but Cro doesn't smoke weed (I'm being serious, btw). 

kniff
kniff

@bradysucks  Cool Dude I have an Ibanez Explorer and love it!!,


Hey maybe we should all smoke some weed with Cro, and listen to bradysucks play "No Quarter" tonight!! 


What do you say? LOL

bradysucks
bradysucks

@kniff @JCuratola3


I think I am going to learn that guitar riff from No Quarter tonight.....You just inspired me :)

Just got a new Stratocaster the other day ..... So this is a good excuse to take her for a spin


Wow that song brings back memories of simpler times......:)

juunit
juunit

@johnnyl65 @Brendan@a57se 

Yeah, I've heard 50% more tar. Although what they never specify is the actual size of the joint. If they're comparing a full gram joint to a single cigarette, then it's BS.

But, regardless of that, my counter argument is there are now other ways to get the benefits of THC other than smoking, which completely nullifies the biggest health issue with marijuana. 

a57se
a57se

@kniff @JCuratola3 

Haha......Love the Zeppelin!

And Pot is actually WORSE for the lungs than cigarettes but people  don't smoke Pot like they do cigarettes so the effects aren't as apparent.