The Cleveland Browns found out a couple days ago that their star 87 reception, 9 touchdown, and 1,646 yard a year wide receiver was not going to be able to suit up to play this season. This was not due to injury, getting in trouble with the law, but due to violation of NFL policy. Since Josh Gordon was drafted into the NFL in 2012 out of Baylor, this has been Gordan's third violation, all marijuana related offenses. This does not include his two previous offenses while playing for Baylor, which lead Gordan to be dismissed from the team, leading him to eventually declare for the 2012 NFL supplemental draft.
I am not going to stick up for Josh Gordan disobeying the league rule three times. No matter if you like it or not you should always obey by your employers rules. There are lots of people in this world that smoke weed regularly that can stop when they have to for a job or whatever their case may be. The problem lies within the NFL marijuana policy itself and how it compares to other policy and discipline decisions the NFL has made.
Starting running back of the Baltimore Ravens Ray Rice was recently suspended for two games this season for domestic violence. Not only did he beat his wife but she was unconscious and he was caught on camera dragging her across the floor out of an elevator. How does he only get suspended for two games, but Josh Gordan get suspended for a whole year for smoking pot. If a third time pot offense is a year suspension then Ray Rice's punishment should at least be a lifetime ban. The comparison of the two violations is ridiculous. What Josh Gordan did was not harming anyone. It is just something he likes to do in his free time.
Lane Johnson a second year offensive lineman out of Oklahoma for the Philadelphia Eagles was suspended four games this season for using PED (Performance Enhancing Drugs). Anyone that knows anything about marijuana knows it is not a performance enhancing drug. Marijuana will not make you run faster, think quicker, jump higher, or lift more weights. Marijuana has barely any effects at all on one's athletic performance and if it did it would be the opposite of the things I just named. You could consider it a performance decreasing drug. Again how can a player who is taking drugs to gain a competitive advantage only be suspended for four games but a player who does a drug that causes no advantage at all be suspended a year. Third time or not, the rules just do not make sense.
Jerome Simpson wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings was suspended three games this season. He is a second time offender and this time it was a DUI arrest. So your telling me that a player who actually gets arrested for DUI which is a lot more dangerous than smoking marijuana only gets suspended for three games. My dad has been a cop for twenty-nine years and he never encouraged me to drink or do drugs but one thing he always told me was nothing bad happens at 2:30 in the morning when your smoking pot and getting baked out of your mind but a ton of bad things seem to happen when you drank way too much and are wasted at 2:30 in the morning. The NFL seems to have its priorities mixed up when it comes to the severity of discipline to their rules.
I have written a research paper on why marijuana should be legal in the United States. I will not get into that now but I think their are a few things that NFL should take into consideration when considering the severity of punishment and conduct on how they approach their policy on marijuana. At least 25 percent of american's in their 20"s smoke weed regularly This is the majority age group of players in the NFL. 70 percent of American have admitted to smoking weed at least once in their life and there has been no deaths confirmed to date from anyone overdosing on marijuana. I know for a fact there has been plenty of deaths caused by domestic violence, DUI, and overdosing on other drugs but yet the message the NFL seems to be sending according to the punishment handed out, is that marijuana is just as serious or more serious than these violations.
Marijuana is now recreationally legal in Washington and Colorado and medically legal in many other states. Doctors have found that marijuana is one of the best and most safe pain relievers there is and is used in many cancer patients. Marijuana is a strong pain reliever and unlike other pills that can be prescribed is not addictive and does not cause the damage these pills will have on things like your digestive system overtime. Football is a mans game. It is intense with lots of physical contact it is hard on the human body. There have been lots of football players even once their careers were over that were addicted and still took pain medication. There are also a lot of football players that instead of taking pills will smoke marijuana to alleviate the pain. Ryan Clark former safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers has even come out and admitted the use of NFL players smoking marijuana to help with pain this year on ESPN.
In an interview in May 2012 with current NFL and Detroit Lions player Lomas Brown, Brown went on to say that at least 50 percent of NFL players smoke weed. Even more alarming was 70 percent of the draft prospects at the 2012 combine admitted to smoking weed. People are becoming less worried about marijuana in the United States, it is a matter of time before it is legal across the country, more NFL players smoke pot than the NFL realizes, and I think it is time for the NFL to adjust their discipline on the issue. I am not saying Josh Gordan is not wrong for not abiding by the rules but the rule should not be like that in the first place. NFL players are going to smoke pot no matter if the NFL likes it or not and more and more states are going to legalize it no matter if the NFL likes it or not. Mean hey they two states that legalized marijuana had their teams make it to the Super Bowl this year, which made it really known as the "Super Bowl".