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Repeat drug program offender Frank Alexander goes to Canada

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Not all the free agent news today is happening in the United States.

Via Alex Marvez of the Sporting News, former Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander has signed with the B.C. Lions of the CFL.

Alexander, a former fourth-round pick who flashed some pass-rush potential, has been suspended three times for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

After a four-gamer and a 10-gamer, he was suspended for a year in November 2015.

He has said he used marijuana for pain management, but that’s not any more legal in the CFL than it is in the NFL, so we’ll see if he actually plays.

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13 Responses to “Repeat drug program offender Frank Alexander goes to Canada”
  1. citizenstrange says: Mar 7, 2017 2:11 PM

    It’s ridiculous that weed ruins someone’s career. Seriously. Quit testing for it. Honest to God nobody cares.

  2. weepingjebus says: Mar 7, 2017 2:19 PM

    “… but it’s not addictive!” – guy who gave up millions to enjoy 10 months of winter a year

  3. raiderinva says: Mar 7, 2017 2:22 PM

    Frank Alexander has more of a desire to play football then Tim Tebow..

  4. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Mar 7, 2017 2:46 PM

    weepingjebus says:
    Mar 7, 2017 2:19 PM
    “… but it’s not addictive!” – guy who gave up millions to enjoy 10 months of winter a year
    ==

    Maybe he’s just addicted to not being in pain and didn’t want to get hooked on opiods which are 100 times more addictive than marijuana.

  5. thisoneguy1 says: Mar 7, 2017 2:59 PM

    citizenstrange says:
    It’s ridiculous that weed ruins someone’s career. Seriously. Quit testing for it. Honest to God nobody cares.
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    No matter how many times it’s explained, guys like you will never get it because you don’t want to.
    First, regardless of what you, I, or anyone else thinks of the NFL’s marijuana policy, it exists. Many other players have no trouble following (or beating) it, so the only person who “ruined” Frank Alexander’s career was Frank Alexander. I get that a lot of millennials struggle with the concept of personal responsibility, but it was HIS choice to break his employer’s rules. The consequences are on him.
    Second, while weed may be legal in some states, it’s not in most states where the NFL does business. The league is collection of franchised business, and it’s unlikely to allow those franchises to play by different rules, therefore it will likely remain a violation until its legal everywhere.
    Most significantly, you’re dead wrong when you say “no one cares.” Regardless of what any state says, weed is illegal in all 50 as far as the federal government is concerned. That’s important because it’s Congress that gave the NFL its antitrust exemption, and it’s Congress that can take it away (as it has already threatened to do so many times). Losing that exemption would forever change how the NFL operates and would cost it untold billions.
    Are NFL punishments for weed excessive? You bet. Should they be relaxed? Absolutely. Will it happen soon? Probably. Still, it was Mr. Alexander’s choice to pick weed over his employer’s rules, his career, and the money. He has no one to blame but himself.

  6. keywestallyear says: Mar 7, 2017 3:00 PM

    Frank Alexander has more of a desire to smoke pot then to spend countless hours building a large Foundation and getting deeply involved with sick and dying children and adults via numerous charities……….than Tim Tebow. Tebow gets his high by doing for others, not by banging a bong!!

  7. motsuret06 says: Mar 7, 2017 3:08 PM

    Weed ruins everyone’s life and career. Alexander is not the first nor will be be the last victim of the stinkiest repulsive weed in the history of human kind. Sorry potheads, it just does not compute.

  8. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 7, 2017 3:11 PM

    “He has said he used marijuana for pain management, but that’s not any more legal in the CFL than it is in the NFL”

    The Canadian government has proposed a law that will go through their approval process this spring legalizing recreational marijuana.

    If its approved he can do whatever he wants legally up there.

    However I believe the NFL will still require him to undergo drug tests even though he’s not on an active roster. IIRC there was a former Browns player whose ex-girlfriend did not forward his mail to him once he was playing in Canada after being suspended for the NFL drug policies, and he had his NFL suspension extended because he did not take the required tests.

    NFL is so full of itself they think they have the right to drug test people who aren’t currently NFL employees.

  9. jgedgar70 says: Mar 7, 2017 3:46 PM

    The concept of smoking a plant being illegal is the stupidest thing ever.

    That said, Alexander needed to figure out how to use it for pain but not get blasted by the NFL drug test.

  10. joetoronto says: Mar 7, 2017 4:18 PM

    Welcome to the bush league.

  11. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 7, 2017 4:20 PM

    Frank heard they were going to legalize pot in the state of Canada.

  12. superdave4good says: Mar 7, 2017 4:35 PM

    I have to wonder how many NFL players will begin to choose the CFL over the NFL once Canada legalizes it. It could be a reckoning for the NFL. May be the beginning of the pig getting fatter & the hog getting slaughtered… Watch out NFL, the bigger they are, the harder they fall.

  13. joetoronto says: Mar 7, 2017 5:08 PM

    superdave4good says:
    Mar 7, 2017 4:35 PM
    I have to wonder how many NFL players will begin to choose the CFL over the NFL once Canada legalizes it. It could be a reckoning for the NFL. May be the beginning of the pig getting fatter & the hog getting slaughtered… Watch out NFL, the bigger they are, the harder they fall.
    ******************************************
    They wouldn’t be able to afford drugs while playing in the CFL, the players make next to nothing.

    Bush league all the way.

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