Chris Long, the second overall pick of the St. Louis Rams back in 2008, retired on Saturday. Now that he has hung up his cleats, he’s free to speak his mind without having to worry about any repercussions from the NFL.
He’s taking advantage of the newfound freedom, revealing during a recent interview with Dan Patrick that he regularly used marijuana during his time in the league.
“I’m not going to put a percentage on how much of the league smokes. But I certainly enjoyed my fair share on a regular basis throughout my career,” Long said. He went on to explain how using marijuana was what helped him deal with the day-to-day stress of playing professional football.
He listed many of the benefits, and highlighted how benign it is compared to the alternatives that NFL players use to cope with their pain, both physical and emotional.
Long hinted that many players across the league use marijuana, and that the testing is for the most part easy to beat. The league’s testing program “is kind of silly because players know when the test is, we can stop, and in that month or two you’re going to reach for the sleeping pills, you’re going to reach for pain killers, you’re going to reach for the bottle a little bit more,” he explained.
Long makes some very solid points about it being a lot safer than many of the alternatives – like alcohol – that end up getting players in trouble and creating bad headlines for the league.
“You’re never going to read about [a player] sitting on the couch and binge-watching ‘Game of Thrones,’” he joked
Published: May 22, 2019
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