BY: John Mamola / 620wdae.com
With the recent legalization of cannabis usage in several states (Washington and Colorado) and more pushes for legalization to come in others, the topic of professional athletes and marijuana usage has become to be an interesting talking point around pro sports. So much so that HBO’s Real Sports did a feature on marijuana usage in the NFL where the players they surveyed believe 50-60% of current NFL players use marijuana.
With the upcoming NFL combine and draft, the discussion now shifts to exactly how franchises and general managers look at certain players who could be using marijuana while an athlete at their school. Former NFL General Manager Charley Casserly joined WDAE’s ‘The Sports Page’ and discussed how he would approach drafting a player who admittedly used the controlled drug while in college.
“Here is where I would draw the line. If you have a guy who has failed drug tests in college, it would be hard for me to take him (in the NFL Draft)” said Casserly. “If you’ve been suspended, that means you’ve failed multiple drug tests. If we have a guy who’s been suspended, it would be hard for me to take that guy.”
Casserly then backtracked about admitted simple usage of marijuana and a new understanding that he believes some organizations do use when scouting a player.
“If a player admits to it, I think we have to be realistic. It’s college and you think back to when we were all in college, we know people who did it and yet turned out to have great lives and great careers. I think you just have to realize it’s not something you endorse but the reality is in college something like that could happen. But suspensions would bother me to the point I’d have a hard time keeping a guy on the board and drafting him with suspensions.”