‘Shake it off’: Former NFL star on the need to shake off the stigma of the drug use
The stigma associated with marijuana is one of the most persistent barriers to athletes using it, with former NFL star Chris Long and former Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps both admitting they use it during training camp.
Long has been quoted as saying, “I used to have to do everything in my power to make sure I didn’t have the drug problem.”
However, Long, who has said he doesn’t think marijuana should be legalized, isn’t alone in his belief that marijuana should never be allowed for use in sports.
According to the NFL Players Association, only three of the players who have tested positive for marijuana have ever been granted reinstatement.
The NFLPA also recently voted to lift the ban on marijuana for players under the age of 21.
And while former San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson and former Atlanta Falcons safety Ricardo Allen both admitted to using marijuana, neither player was granted reinstatements.
Long, on the other hand, has not been fined since his suspension was overturned and he has continued to play football.
In addition, he’s been able to play in the NFL and the NFLPA is trying to help him get his reinstatement reinstated.
The league, however, has been unable to get any positive test results for marijuana in any of its players who tested positive.
Now that the NFL is finally looking into marijuana use in the league, how would you shake off this stigma?