Ryan Clark said that NFL players, which include some of his teammates with the Pittsburgh Steelers, turn to smoking marijuana for several reasons, especially as a means to manage stress and relieve pain, and pay per head sportsbooks would really like to see if the ban on the substance will be lifted.
Pay per head sportsbooks found out that on Thursday morning, Clark, who’s a 12-year veteran, spoke about the topic of marijuana use and the NFL’s testing system on ESPN’s “First Take.”
“I know guys on my team who smoke,” Clark said. “And it’s not a situation where you think, ‘Oh, these are guys trying to be cool.’ These are guys who want to do it recreationally.
“A lot of it is stress relief. A lot of it is pain and medication. Guys feel like, ‘If I can do this, it keeps me away from maybe Vicodin, it keeps me away from pain prescription drugs and things that guys get addicted to.’ Guys look at this as a more natural way to heal themselves, to stress relieve and also to medicate themselves for pain. Guys are still going to do it.”
Marijuana turned into a hot issue at the Super Bowl, as both teams – the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks – come from states that made marijuana legal. Price per head services saw that Pete Carroll, Seahawks coach, made the headlines when he said that he agreed with the notion the NFL should investigate medicinal marijuana to see if it can help players. Medicinal marijuana has been legalized in 20 states, as well as the District of Columbia.
On Friday, commissioner Roger Goodell, addressed the issue at his annual Super Bowl news conference, and pay per head sportsbooks saw that he downplayed the possibility of the NFL lifting marijuana from its list of prohibited substances.
“It is still an illegal substance on a national basis,” Goodell said. “It’s something that is part of the collective bargaining agreement with the players. It is questionable as to the positive impacts, in the face of the very strong evidence of the negative effects, including addictions and other issues.
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“We’ll continue to follow the medicine. Our experts right now are not indicating that we should change our policy in any way. We are not actively considering that at this point in time. But if it goes down the road sometime, that’s something that we would never take off the table.”