Here’s a question for you: On which drug would a football player be more likely to beat up or sexually assault a woman, marijuana or alcohol?
I don’t know about you, but I don’t recall hearing a lot of stories about players being high on weed when they assaulted their women. I’d have to vote for alcohol and I don’t think it would be even close.
How often do you hear about a player being arrested for disorderly conduct when alcohol WASN’T involved? I don’t recall too many stories about players attributing their wild public behavior to having smoked a joint.
So, if you’re a football coach, while you would obviously prefer your players to not get high on anything, given the choice, wouldn’t you prefer that they get high on weed to getting drunk on beer?
In college football, a player can get drunk six nights a week and nobody will care if he doesn’t get in trouble or if it doesn’t adversely affect his play. But if that same player takes a drug test and it shows that he might have smoked a joint two weeks ago, all kinds of questions about his character are raised.
Call me crazy but I’d feel a lot better about my player if he spent his time sitting in his room in front of a bong instead of bar hopping until two o’clock in the morning.
According to SI.com, NFL coaches are going to have to be more tolerant of college football players who smoke marijuana.