Thompson suspension implies multiples violations of substance-abuse policy

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With the Ravens needing safeties for the 2013 season, one of the safeties they drafted in 2012 won’t be available for the first 25 percent of the coming campaign.

As Mike Wilkening pointed out on Monday, Christian Thompson has been suspended four games for violation of the substance-abuse policy.

Unlike the policy regarding steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, which imposes a four-game suspension after only one violation, a suspension under the substance-abuse policy happens only after the player has violated the policy several times.  (It also typically comes after the player has been fined four game checks, which means Thompson likely was stripped of 25 percent of his rookie pay.)

This means that Thompson, during only one season in the NFL, has continued to fail to comply with the NFL’s standards.  And it doesn’t bode well for his future in football.

The development raises questions about whether the Ravens should have sensed a problem before investing a fourth-round pick in Thompson.  But the team said last year that there were no red flags despite a transfer from Auburn to South Carolina State.

Though the specific substance Thompson abused hasn’t been identified, the most common culprit in this context is marijuana.  And if Thompson has been suspended for marijuana use, it means that he has consistently been unable to choose football over marijuana.

If he fails that test one more time in the coming months, he’ll likely face a one-year suspension.  And that could end his NFL career, not long after it began.

20 responses to “Thompson suspension implies multiples violations of substance-abuse policy

  1. The NFL only tests for weed 1x a year and all the players know when the test is. So if you quit smoking for 1 month before that test you can smoke every day for the other 11 months. If you are suspended foe weed you are an idiot.

  2. You can’t coach stupid!

    If you’ve got someone willing to pay you 400k/yr and they ask you to put the weed away for a while, and you don’t………you deserve to be out of the league. Not very bright, Mr. Thompson.

  3. If he couldn’t give it up when presented with an opportunity to compete for a starting position on the SB winning team, the article is correct that he’s not disciplined enough to stay in the League, or for that matter to play for Harbaugh.

    But only pft would try to make it more of an issue (“the Ravens should have sensed a problem before investing a fourth-round pick in Thompson”). After all, the Ravens’ history is to investigate supposed problem players (like Jimmy Smith) before drafting them. But it’s not as profitable to acknowlege that as posting idle speculation to generate reader page views.

  4. If you smoke weed in the first place then you are an idiot. This guy is just an idiot who has the money to purchase higher quality weed. I’m glad he was busted…again…some ppl never learn. His pot-smoking has hurt his team and his future.

  5. Ravens will dominate their division, as normal, and make the playoffs with Joe “unflappable” Flacco leading the helm. Hate on haters – your team cannot compete with this domination. Nothing will change, except for maybe the Browns surpassing the lowly Steelers. Cheers!

  6. He should consult with Randy Moss, anybody that can play in the NFL as long as he did and smoke as much weed as he has must have some pretty good advice on how not to get caught.

  7. to the steeler fan that posted….great steeler mentality.. after 13 yrs you would think that you could come up with new material. just shows jealousy of a great franchise. and as a ravens fan i say cut him. and go ravens

  8. clarencewhorley says:
    Apr 2, 2013 9:47 AM
    The NFL only tests for weed 1x a year and all the players know when the test is. So if you quit smoking for 1 month before that test you can smoke every day for the other 11 months. If you are suspended foe weed you are an idiot.
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    If you’re only tested once a year then how did he “violate the policy several times” in a one year span. Do you actually know the one year thing is true or are you making up policies?

  9. ^^^^
    not defending the guy, you’re definitely an idiot if can’t quite smoking week for hundreds of thousands a year. Just curious about testing once per year, doesn’t seem accurate…

  10. @dryzzt23, many, many people who are not NFL players smoke “higher quality weed”.

    By the way, stop talking about this, you’re clueless.

  11. Had high hopes for Thompson. A small school standout with impressive combine numbers, reminded me of Lardarius Webb coming out of Nichols State.

    At this rate I’d be surprised if he’s on the team next season.

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