According to ESPN, Calvin Johnson as well as a few other projected top ten picks (Gaines Adams and Okoye) have admitted to smoking pot when they were 16.
Seriously, is this even news?!? Are we grasping at straws here to find a headliner on ESPN?
I won't even get into the whole debate on whether pot is "good" or "the devils plant", most people who know me, knows my view on it... my biggest question is, who cares?? The fact that they admitted it should be plenty. This should be a GREAT thing for GM's, at least they know their future star is honest and don't really care what the critic's think about the situation.
I totally understand that smoking pot is totally against the NFL and their rules, and I respect that. For that reason alone, pro-football players should think and not partake, given the millions of dollars they are about to make. In this case, they don't really have a choice. You must respect the rules of the league, and if you don't, you get suspended. But seriously, do you think this would be a good reason for CJ NOT to be drafted in the top 5??
Honestly, I think since the NFL bans pot, they should ban alcohol too. I realize the argument is pot is illegal and alcohol isn't, but that doesn't mean it is right. It just means America hasn't found a way to market, tax, and most importantly gain money (and benefit) for such a thing being legal. And until that happens it probably won't be. Still, that being said, I think this is really blown out of proportion. It makes me laugh when I read the comments on ESPN and I see stuff like "If you smoke pot, you are a looser who will grow up to be a 35 year old manager at Burger King, with 7 ex-wives and 16 homeless children who you cannot support or feed".
Seriously, who let these monkeys out of their cages? :)
I'd love to hear other people's opinions on this, no matter what side of the fence you're on! Facts about marijuana need to be identified so people know EXACTLY what it is about. Yes, if you want to go into this league, you have to respect their rules, but don't punish a guy for being honest about something that happened over 5 years ago.
Until next time,