MIKE FREEMAN’S 10-POINT STANCE: TRUMP HAS NFL PLAYERS WORRIED ABOUT WEED
A new presidential administration creates new concerns for NFL players, combine advice all players should heed and Joe Mixon’s uncertain NFL future.
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Not long ago, one of the higher-profile NFL agents contacted his clients who he knew smoked marijuana regularly. He wanted to issue a warning, and it had nothing to do with the NFL.
It was about the federal government.
“Stay away from marijuana at all costs,” the agent told several of his players in a series of phone calls. “This isn’t about the NFL any longer. This is about the government coming after you.”
In a series of interviews with several veteran players, agents and team officials, I found there is an emerging concern that football players, and possibly many professional athletes, may face increased scrutiny from the federal government under President Donald Trump.
Those interviewed fear more than failed drug tests. They’re worried marijuana use will lead to imprisonment.
Agents also said a few of their brethren have communicated their concerns to combine participants as well.
Central to this new wave of fear is the impending belief that the Trump administration will make it more difficult for states that have legalized recreational use of marijuana. Currently, eight states allow such use: Alaska, Colorado, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. That accounts for seven NFL teams.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer recently suggested possible upcoming federal laws could be utilized as a weapon against states that allow recreational drug use.
“There’s a big difference between [medicinal marijuana] and recreational marijuana,” Spicer told reporters. “I think that when you see the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states around this country the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people. There is still a federal law we need to abide by in terms of when it comes to recreational marijuana.”
One agent told B/R those comments “sent a chill down my spine. I started warning my players.”
Some believe Trump will leave marijuana laws alone. Trump has yet to make a definitive statement on the issue.
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