Not too long ago retired NFL tight finish Martellus Bennett stated on the NFL Channel on Wednesday that he believes about 90 p.c of the gamers within the Nationwide Soccer League use marijuana.
When Bennett was requested if the variety of gamers who use marijuana is over or beneath 70 p.c, he answered with “over” earlier than estimating the precise determine to be someplace round “89 p.c.”
“There’s medical marijuana,” stated Bennett, who performed 10 seasons within the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Chicago Bears, New England Patriots and Inexperienced Bay Packers. “So it is like, there’s instances of the yr the place your physique simply hurts so unhealthy that you do not need to simply be popping tablets on a regular basis.
“That sh–, it ruins your liver. There’s numerous these anti-inflammatories that you just take for thus lengthy that like, it begins to eat at your liver or your kidneys and issues like that. And a human made that. God made weed.”
Marijuana is banned by the NFL and in 2017, Commissioner Roger Goodell expressed concern over its “addictive nature.”
Lately, quite a few gamers have requested the NFL to permit them to make use of marijuana as a substitute of painkillers to handle the ache from their accidents, mentioning that many states permit using medical marijuana.
Gamers even have been outspoken in opposition to the league’s reliance on painkillers.
Former star quarterback Brett Favre as soon as stated he took a month’s price of painkillers in two days, and ex-wide receiver Calvin Johnson revealed that trainers hand out painkillers “like sweet.”
“For folks like me, marijuana is a godsend since you do not need to take these tablets,” former NFL offensive lineman Ryan O’Callaghan advised USA Immediately Sports activities in August. “Marijuana will not be addicting. Individuals who say which have by no means smoked it. I’ve an addictive character. It isn’t addictive.”
The NFL is anticipated to be revisit the difficulty when the present collective bargaining settlement expires in 2021.