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Ryan Clark agrees with Cromartie about taking pot off banned substance list

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Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie made some headlines on Wednesday by saying that the NFL should take marijuana off the list of banned substances because players are just going to do it anyway.

Cromartie has some company in that opinion. Steeler safety Ryan Clark said on ESPN Thursday that he knows teammates who smoke pot and that those players think it helps them relieve pain and stress. Clark added that those players know how to work around the league’s testing to avoid failing a test.

“It’s 100 percent true. They’re fighting a losing battle. The testing isn’t stringent,” Clark said. “There is one random test during OTAs and minicamps during the offseason, and everybody will be tested early in training camp. After that, there are no more tests. So guys understand the ways to get around failing a drug test.”

Clark also joined Cromartie by taking to Twitter to offer an addendum that he doesn’t smoke marijuana himself after advocating its removal from the list of banned substances. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said last week that the league would continue to look at evidence of marijuana’s medicinal benefits, but said the league isn’t actively considering a change to the drug policy right now.

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24 Responses to “Ryan Clark agrees with Cromartie about taking pot off banned substance list”
  1. dexterismyhero says: Feb 6, 2014 4:06 PM

    What part of illegal do they not understand?

  2. pfic15 says: Feb 6, 2014 4:11 PM

    Ryan Clark is quickly establishing himself as yet another annoying character on First Take. And yes. I know I deserve as much for watching that garbage.

  3. sabatimus says: Feb 6, 2014 4:13 PM

    I agree totally with Cromartie. But the same logic could be used for steroids.

  4. eaglesw00t says: Feb 6, 2014 4:13 PM

    Yeah. People are going to drive drunk anyway too. May as well just do away with that law as well.

  5. 1rockyracoon says: Feb 6, 2014 4:16 PM

    He has a point. Does Snoop Dogg ever looked stressed or in pain?

  6. ravenswhat says: Feb 6, 2014 4:24 PM

    I was wondering why the steelers missed the playoffs 2 years in a row. They’re all high!!

  7. j0esixpack says: Feb 6, 2014 4:25 PM

    What part of “not illegal” does the NFL not understand?

    Whether it’s legal in some states or decriminalized in others, or prescribed by doctors as medicinal, this strikes me as something that each team should address on a player by player basis based on whether their use of alcohol or other legal substances are impacting job performance.

    It makes no sense to have the NFL create a blanket policy that says that even if a doctor prescribes something it will result in an automatic suspension from the league.

    All the above analogies are Epic Fails.

    The NFL does not suspend a player for drinking alcohol. They WILL suspend someone convicted for Driving While Intoxicated – and no one is suggesting the NFL advocate changing DWI laws.

  8. bobzilla1001 says: Feb 6, 2014 4:28 PM

    Just as long as no one lights up a “Marlboro” within 200 feet of a stadium entrance, we’re all good.

  9. kitnamania13 says: Feb 6, 2014 4:36 PM

    The problem is that the drug testing is a joke. Get real drug testing in place and more players will be clean. Either that, or they’ll become more inventive with their drug use and it will make for some entertaining stories. Either way, everybody wins.

  10. metalman5150 says: Feb 6, 2014 4:41 PM

    Alcohol Related Deaths World Wide – 2.5 million, 2013
    Tobacco Related Deaths World Wide – 5 million, 2013.
    Prescription Drug Related Deaths – More than Alcohol & Tobacco, combined.
    Marijuana Related Deaths World Wide – The only known cases of death are due to synthetic weed.

    I wish I was wrong. You do the math.

  11. beastmode5150 says: Feb 6, 2014 4:48 PM

    Marijuana contains 25X more chemicals than tobacco cigarettes.

  12. azarkhan says: Feb 6, 2014 4:55 PM

    Yeah, well according to the Feds marijuana is still illegal, so I don’t see the NFL “legalizing” it anytime soon.

  13. kneelbeforesod says: Feb 6, 2014 4:58 PM

    The Doobie Bros.

  14. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Feb 6, 2014 5:15 PM

    “It’s 100 percent true. They’re fighting a losing battle. The testing isn’t stringent,” Clark said. “There is one random test during OTAs and minicamps during the offseason, and everybody will be tested early in training camp. After that, there are no more tests. So guys understand the ways to get around failing a drug test.”

    Well, that’s one way to push more stringent testing. I’m sure all the reefer puffers in the league really appreciated Clark mouthing off about how easy it was to skirt the current testing. Genius.

  15. orcahawk says: Feb 6, 2014 5:23 PM

    This policy should be changed. It’s ridiculous.

    I really hope that Seahawk Brandon Browner got his ring. He played hard and contributed to his team’s SuperBowl season. He’s being punished for not showing up for a NFL drug test *while playing for the CFL*.

    Why should he travel across borders during the season to take a test for an employer he’s not working for? This is the basis for his appeal and I agree with him.

    No matter what happens, Brandon should get his ring and he should have been with his teamies at the parade.

  16. melikefootball says: Feb 6, 2014 6:22 PM

    The league office doesn’t get it, players think they run this sport.

  17. lackofabetter says: Feb 6, 2014 7:53 PM

    Everyone on earth knows it shouldn’t be on any illegal list.

  18. smackingfools says: Feb 6, 2014 8:55 PM

    500,000 people a year die from tobacco. 0 from majiuana. Wake up people.

  19. njsteeler says: Feb 6, 2014 9:40 PM

    Didn’t Roger say that he would look into the benefits of Maryjane for medicinal purposes recently? It will be removed from the list in due time with the way things seem to be going as far as the outright legalization in some states, and the decriminalization in others. It’s way past the time for the hypocrisy to end. Tobacco, and alcohol, the real “gateway” drugs are legal, yet marijuana is not.

    Go Steelers!!!

  20. Joemontanaflacco says: Feb 6, 2014 10:09 PM

    How embarrassing! Steelers haven’t been able to put together a winning season since Tebow stomped them in the turf and all Clark cares about is getting high!

  21. agc99 says: Feb 7, 2014 12:17 AM

    The mouth needs to leave pittsburgh. He has a comment on everything.

  22. driley715 says: Feb 7, 2014 2:45 AM

    Cannabis has been shown to relieve pain in sickle cell patients. That would keep Clark from missing Denver games due to complications with altitude.

  23. sw19womble says: Feb 7, 2014 4:46 AM

    For those talking about it being illegal:
    Not illegal in the states of Colorado or Washington. Not illegal on prescription in about 20 others.

    It’s _proscribed_ by the League, but I don’t see why they can’t allow it for those with a prescription (which, yes, will be just about every player) but at least it’ll be regulated.

    And for those whining about steroids: I’ve never seen a pot smoker play more aggressively or run faster. Actually, I don’t think I’ve ever seen one run, period.

    And I don’t do drugs myself – I just don’t like the hypocrisy of alcohol and tobacco being legal, just because of tax revenue.

  24. steelerdynasty2010 says: Feb 7, 2014 12:32 PM

    throwing teammates under the bus? not cool sir

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