Ex-Broncos wide receiver says marijuana helped him deal with pain
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Former Denver Broncos wide receiver Nate Jackson spoke with HBO’s Real Sports about the benefits of using marijuana in favor of opiate-based painkillers when dealing with injuries during the season.
“You’re always battling your body,” Jackson said in the interview which airs Tuesday. “The job description is slamming yourself into another human being as hard as you can.”
Jackson played six seasons in the NFL with the Broncos and argues that marijuana actually better equipped him to deal with the rigors of the day-to-day grind in the NFL.
Former NFL punter Chris Kluwe shares Jackson’s view, and submits that most players are using pot to cope with pain, not to get high.
“It’s everywhere,” Kluwe said, “In the locker room when guys used to talk about it it wasn’t about ‘I’m going to go get blazed and tear up the town’ it was like, ‘Yeah I smoked a bit and passed out on the couch because I felt like crap after practice.’”
Despite the legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington and Colorado, the NFL has still outlawed its use among players. Another former Broncos wide receiver, Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe, doesn’t think the policy will change any time soon.
“That will never happen. Not in our lifetime, because of the way kids follow what NFL players do,’ Sharpe said in 2012. “If you look at Little League football, kids who play want to wear the pink towels and shoes for breast cancer awareness … they follow everything the big guys do.
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Shannon Sharpe: “Josh Gordon Is A Marijuana Junkie”
Shannon Sharpe was a guest co-host on this morning’s episode of First Take and he had some weird things to say about Josh Gordon’s year-long suspension from the NFL.
Things start out relatively OK, but then the vein on Sharpe’s temple starts pulsating and he careens out of the realm of “political correctness” and into a place where he can loudly proclaim that Josh Gordon is just as bad off as a person who is addicted to heroin or meth. “When we call people junkies we think of meth, heroin, cocaine. Josh Gordon is a marijuana junkie. Simple.”
Josh Gordon is clearly very fond of smoking weed; the fact that he’s also been busted for DUI means that he very likely has a substance abuse problem. Even assuming he does, though, there are grades and degrees, and it is stupid as all hell to draw a line between his problems and those of someone who just can’t take the needle out of his arm. Weed, even when it serves as a crutch, is an essentially harmless drug, legal in two states and decriminalized in our nation’s largest cities. It’s the drug of choice for New York Times columnists , for Christ’s sake.
Josh Gordon is not missing a year of football because anyone thinks he needs a year off from his job to take care of what may be dependency issues, and he’s certainly not doing so because smoking weed turned him into a shell of a human, stumbling around the street in the early morning hours begging for change so he can get his next fix. Josh Gordon is missing a year of football because the NFL and NFLPA still treat weed as a Scary, Scary Drug and negotiated a CBA that reflects this viewpoint, even though the very thing for which he was suspended will likely be legal all across the country within a matter of years.
Shannon Sharpe was a guest co-host on this morning's episode of First Take and he had some weird things to say about Josh Gordon's year-long suspension from the NFL.