Even though there are a handful of states that currently allow people to use medicinal marijuana—and a couple of states that allow people to use marijuana for recreational purposes—the NFL has refused to give players the green light when it comes to lighting up. Their reasoning is that…well, we don't really know their reasoning. But they refuse to allow players to use marijuana. And it's something that Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie doesn't agree with.
Cromartie did an interview with ThisIs50 recently, and during that interview, he revealed that he thinks the NFL should lift their ban on marijuana and allow players to use it. The way he sees things, guys are going to use it anyway. So why even bother trying to stop them?
"They just need to let it go," he said. "They need to go ahead and say, 'Y'all go ahead, smoke it, do what you need to do.'"
Cromartie did clarify his statements on Twitter a short time ago in order to try and keep himself out of trouble:
The interview that I did on the weed policy, I never said We're I said tht Players will smoke anyway. I don't smoke so I don't care about it— ANTONIO CROMARTIE (@CRO31) February 5, 2014
Cromartie himself may not smoke. But we imagine that he has some insider information on this and that he knows one or two (or 20!) NFL players who use marijuana regularly despite the NFL ban. So it's not like his assessment of the situation just came out of nowhere.
At any rate, it'll be interesting to see if the league has anything to say in regards to this matter. We don't think that Cromartie's statements are going to lead the league to lift their ban just yet. But they could possibly open up a dialogue between the players and the NFL. And who knows? Maybe marijuana will be legal in the NFL one day. Stay tuned.
[via ESPN New York]