Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Eugene Monroe recently spoke to CNN about the NFL’s strict anti-marijuana policy and called for the league to make changes to it, citing the pain players endure on a regular basis.
“Your job automatically gives you the symptom of chronic pain,” Monroe said. “You’re hitting each other as hard as possible every single day in practice. Your body is in pain a lot of time.”
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell may not want to admit it as he continues to rule the league with an iron fist, but Monroe is absolutely right. Consider the fact that two of the NFL’s most popular and successful teams in the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks play in states that have fully legalized marijuana and in the states that fully prohibit it, there are only three NFL teams: the Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts.
That all being said, it isn’t all surprising to hear from Monroe that players are turning to the drug for medicinal purposes, especially if the state in which they live offers it as such. But Goodell refuses to budge on his stance, and no change appears imminent.
Still, Monroe has hope.
“The NFL will need to have legitimate information before they remove marijuana from the banned substance list and ultimately not hurt their product in the field,” Monroe said. “But there’s opportunity in that space also, for the NFL to get involved and maybe lead efforts.”
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