In most years, the arrest rate involving NFL players drops dramatically during training camp, when teams have the highest level of regular access to the guys who might, when left to their own devices, get into trouble.
But that’s not the case for the Eagles, where starting defensive end Juqua Parker has been arrested for possession of marijuana during the early stages of preseason practice at Lehigh University.
According to the Morning Call, Parker was a passenger in a vehicle that had been stopped for a traffic violation. He allegedly was found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana.
If the allegation is accurate, it lends further credence to the reality that, once a player clears the early-season urine test for substances of abuse, the player has smoke as much pot as he wants until a month or so before the next season’s test.
And it would be naive to think that marijuana smoking isn’t prevalent in the NFL and other pro sports.