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Roger Goodell: Marijuana is addictive and unhealthy

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is willing to explore the possibility of allowing NFL players to use marijuana for medical reasons, but he’s not on board with the idea of taking it off the list of banned substances for recreational use.

Goodell said on Mike & Mike that he continues to believe marijuana is bad for players.

“I think you still have to look at a lot of aspects of marijuana use,” Goodell said. “Is it something that can be negative to the health of our players? Listen, you’re ingesting smoke, so that’s not usually a very positive thing that people would say. It does have addictive nature. There are a lot of compounds in marijuana that may not be healthy for the players long-term. All of those things have to be considered. And it’s not as simple as someone just wants to feel better after a game. We really want to help our players in that circumstance but I want to make sure that the negative consequences aren’t something that is something that we’ll be held accountable for some years down the road.”

Goodell did acknowledge, however, the growing body of evidence that marijuana can be used for medical reasons.

“We look at it from a medical standpoint,” Goodell said. “So if people feel that it has a medical benefit, the medical advisers have to tell you that. We have joint advisers, we also have independent advisers, both the NFLPA and the NFL, and we’ll sit down and talk about that. But we’ve been studying that through our advisers. To date, they haven’t said this is a change we think you should make that’s in the best interests of the health and safety of our players. If they do, we’re certainly going to consider that. But to date, they haven’t really said that.”

So even as an increasing number of states legalize marijuana, the NFL appears to be some time away from allowing players to use it for medical reasons, and dead-set opposed to allowing players to use it just because they want to use it.

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  1. dcpatfan says: Apr 28, 2017 9:26 AM

    …and, as we have just seen in the 2016 season and presidential election so isn’t ignorance and absolute power.

  2. skittlesareyum says: Apr 28, 2017 9:27 AM

    Even if that were true, booze definitely is, and I don’t see the NFL being the morality police on that one. Just let the players love their lives.

  3. julyeast says: Apr 28, 2017 9:27 AM

    cannot argue with that headline

  4. upyoursnfu says: Apr 28, 2017 9:28 AM

    Wrong

  5. joshgordonsbong says: Apr 28, 2017 9:29 AM

    Good to see he’s stuck in the 30’s…must of watched reefer madness after the draft last night….

  6. tubaplayingprof says: Apr 28, 2017 9:30 AM

    Gambling is addictive and unhealthy too–but if fantasy football helps ratings for the NFL Network….

    Legal products that help ease players’ pain is bad, but having them addicted to pain killers……

    I hate Goodell.

  7. polegojim says: Apr 28, 2017 9:31 AM

    I’m sure those ‘joint’ advisers had a lot to do with this decision…

    Smoking anything is unhealthy.

  8. irish drunkard says: Apr 28, 2017 9:31 AM

    So is power, Rog

  9. metalman5150 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:32 AM

    Whatever goodell says must be true

  10. DonkeyWaffle says: Apr 28, 2017 9:33 AM

    Let’s give him a few weeks of weed and then yank him off cold turkey… After that, let’s do the same exercise with Oxy and see if he still feels like pot is addictive…

    This guys is such a clown. He doesn’t care about the players at all, he cares about the image of the NFL and money.

  11. puffnstuff5005 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:35 AM

    They’re not “ingesting” smoke, Roger. My Goodness.

  12. minerslung says: Apr 28, 2017 9:35 AM

    Yeah right…and toradol and vicodin are harmless…did budweiser pay him to say that?

  13. deangelo23hall says: Apr 28, 2017 9:35 AM

    Roger is unhealthy for the NFL

  14. gregbeau says: Apr 28, 2017 9:35 AM

    Marijuana is not booze so people should stop equating the two.

    He isn’t wrong, it is a mind-altering substance so it obviously has behavioral and health effects on people. Some people do get psychologically addicted to it. I have no problem with it being used for pain management once it has gone through clinical trials and has a dosage protocol established, and can be administered like other pharma. But until federal law changes he isn’t wrong. And even if that does happen, it can remain a condition of employment that players abstain.

  15. seatownballers says: Apr 28, 2017 9:37 AM

    I hate pills. They are addictive.
    With pot I don’t need pain medicine, sleep or anxiety meds.

    Is Roger suggesting pain pills are healthy?

  16. churchofthehoody says: Apr 28, 2017 9:37 AM

    Yep, and opioids are mother’s milk…

  17. superpatriotsfan says: Apr 28, 2017 9:38 AM

    So is cheating.

  18. lionsftw says: Apr 28, 2017 9:39 AM

    Every medical professional says it’s not addictive but its 2017 and facts take a back seat to “gut feelings” and opinion.

    Let’s just keep pumping then full of painkillers, which no one ever has been addicted to…………….

  19. mgolden62 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:40 AM

    But Percocet, Oxycodone, Vicodin, and Norco and any other Opiod is a perfectly safe and non-addictive. They are a great way for the players Roger care’s so much about to deal with the pain that keeps them from getting out of bed Monday mornings. Who would ever allow weed for pain management when you can rub some dirt on it, shoot it with Cortisone and get right back out there.

  20. correctingerrors says: Apr 28, 2017 9:40 AM

    Marijuana can also be eaten or vaped

  21. sourwine15 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:41 AM

    Haven’t been a ‘participant’ for a long time, but the headache is completely inaccurate and not based on any level of fact.

    ‘The Shield’ has no problem being associated with beer, which is a FAR more accurate correlation the headline.

  22. TheDPR says: Apr 28, 2017 9:41 AM

    This isn’t the least bit surprising. This guy has a history of ignoring science and pulling things out of his butt. It’s in the league’s interests to keep the hard line on this one until the next CBA is negotiated. If giving this up is something the players want, the league will use it as a chip to get something the league wants. Rather than simply do what’s right and best, everything is a tool to gain power and profit.

  23. MOSSistheGOAT says: Apr 28, 2017 9:41 AM

    God he is such a prick.

    Can we start a GoFundMe page for the first player to knock this idiot out on stage after getting drafted? Could probably get them a few million to do it and someone would bite on it wouldn’t they?

    We could even offer it to any drunk dude in Philly who is attending the draft. Has to be a solid punch to the face though.

  24. notlistinin says: Apr 28, 2017 9:42 AM

    How could someone so educated.be so ignorant?

  25. keiselsbeard says: Apr 28, 2017 9:42 AM

    Good to see he’s done his research.

  26. gogreenbiotch says: Apr 28, 2017 9:43 AM

    Pro football has LITERALLY killed more humans than pot.

  27. mickmars says: Apr 28, 2017 9:43 AM

    Now take these Oxy’s and get out there and play, there’s millions of fantasy dollars riding on you. And now, a commercial from The Miller Brewing company, the sponsor of today’s broadcast

  28. Before you hate, just make sure you refer to him as '2015 PRO BOWL MVP' Matthew Stafford says: Apr 28, 2017 9:44 AM

    Get your popcorn ready. This one will have 1000 comments by noon

  29. jimmyjohns01 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:45 AM

    Working with joint advisors? Must be Goodell talking to himself in the mirror.

  30. toybkshr says: Apr 28, 2017 9:46 AM

    So is alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine for that matter!

  31. elyasm says: Apr 28, 2017 9:46 AM

    He’s just spouting the same ignorant and scientifically unsupported BS we’ve been hearing for years so that he can extort something of value from the NFLPA in exchange for making a common sense and long overdue change to the CBA.

  32. ipeefreelyagain says: Apr 28, 2017 9:46 AM

    Most anti-Marijuana groups or individuals are so quick to point to the smoking aspect of it, in an attempt to link it to the negative effects of smoking tobacco.

    That’s why I’ve always felt the debate should be about THC, the natural chemical in Marijuana. You don’t HAVE TO smoke it. It can be made into oils, eaten with food, put into capsules, humidified, the options are quite endless.

    Instead of demonizing THC by association of cigarettes, let’s have an honest debate about the medical benefits and an individuals right to recreational use of THC.

  33. Kingmj4891 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:47 AM

    “I want to make sure that the negative consequences aren’t something that is something that we’ll be held accountable for some years down the road.” -Roger

    That is the biggest reason right there. My guess is Roger could really give a crap about players using a bit of weed but if the League says it is ok and in 20 years it is found out it used while having concussion symptoms increased CTE by 100% percent the league would be lined up and made to pay.

  34. kcl10 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:47 AM

    Unhealthy and addictive – just like all the alcohol you peddle during the 8 hours of commercial breaks every Sunday? Hypocrite.

  35. 250dollarnflowner says: Apr 28, 2017 9:47 AM

    My wife’s niece died of a heroin overdose and I firmly believe her downward spiral started once her home state of CO legalized that stuff.

  36. dude2424 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:47 AM

    Tens of thousands of people die from cigarettes, prescription drugs, and alcohol every year. All of which are legal and highly addictive No one has ever died of a cannabis overdose.
    In fact it is practically impossible to do so. In places were cannabis is legal deaths from opioid overdoses have dropped by as much as 25%. Get your head out of your buttocks Roger.

  37. mdsayre says: Apr 28, 2017 9:47 AM

    BOOO!!

  38. nj22 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:49 AM

    So are cigarettes banned too?

  39. uncommon1 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:49 AM

    Weed is not chemically addictive, but it can be habit forming just like anything else; Candy, Coffee, Exercise, shopping…. ANYTHING can be “addictive” Rog. Like the pain mess that your players are dumping down their throats every day.

    Smoking anything can have adverse effects, but it’s risk vs reward. If smoking a joint allows you to walk without pain, or go a day without a migraine, its probably worth it.

  40. irsaysneedle says: Apr 28, 2017 9:49 AM

    this guy is just a buffoon plain and simple

  41. factschecker says: Apr 28, 2017 9:49 AM

    It is addictive and unhealthy but it’s less addictive and less unhealthy than alcohol, tobacco, or arguably gambling. Which have all been NFL Sponsors in the past or present.

    But lets be honest when we run out we are making a phone call pretty quickly. But I’d much rather do that than be running to the liquor store on a daily basis. I’m certain the liquor store would have ruined my life by this point. It’s addictive but it’s less harmful.

  42. dkeucd says: Apr 28, 2017 9:50 AM

    The vast majority of the time a NFL player commits a criminal act it’s when they are under the influence of alcohol. You don’t smoke a bong load then think it’s a good idea to rape a woman or shoot someone.

  43. agentzero321 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:50 AM

    Playing football isn’t healthy long-term, either. Look at Juinor Seau and Wea Welker.

  44. karlpk says: Apr 28, 2017 9:51 AM

    The demon weed!
    So Goodell’s a scientist now? Sadly there’s not a huge body of evidence either way because in the 1980’s a lot of research conducted on marijuana was destroyed by Reagan but I can safely state that there is not an iota of evidence that marijuana is anywhere near as costly to our society and culture as alcohol.
    Goodell makes a lot of money speaking for other people – those billionaires for whom Football teams are an expensive toy and who want you to buy all your medicine from their friends at big pharma –
    They’re going to make it impossible to be fans very soon

  45. fujoeboo says: Apr 28, 2017 9:51 AM

    … So is making terrible decisions, unjustified witch hunts, and uneven disciplining of players.. but that hasn’t stopped you, Rog.

  46. icallitlikeiseeit67 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:51 AM

    yea because pain killer are not what a joke Rodger smh. Feel free to come into the 21st century dude

  47. cylondetector says: Apr 28, 2017 9:51 AM

    Roger Goodell “I am a corporate stooge who will bend whichever way the biggest dollars blow”.

    Waste of a skin.

  48. bigpete07 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:51 AM

    Confused with NFL-endorsed Opiates?

  49. rdrs68 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:52 AM

    uh………………. Roger let me help you out here.

    Reefer Madness is NOT a documentary! Despite what you and your boss Jerrah may think.

  50. tylawspick6 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:53 AM

    Another moronic lie from Goodell.

    What a loser.

  51. groleo45 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:55 AM

    It’s 2017 people aren’t “ingesting smoke”. You don’t smoke tea bags do you? Edibles and vaping are very much mainstream and have been shown to negate nearly all the negative physical effects of cannabis use. And chemically addictive? Seriously? Based on what study, Roger?

    It’s hard to imagine someone with access to an entire medical staff like Roger really wants to sit up there and say that rampant opiate use by these guys is better for their long-term health and less addictive than cannabis…makes you wonder if the tobacco and/or prescription drug lobby is contributing to his outrageous salary.

  52. metalman5150 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:55 AM

    Marijuana doesn’t HAVE to be smoked. You can cook it into your muffins, candy etc…

    take the smoking part out of it, if “smoking it” is a deal breaker?

    Oh no – Vicodin and Percaset wouldn’t like that, would they?

  53. belligerentbuc says: Apr 28, 2017 9:56 AM

    A lot of unjustified commish bashing…just read his job description:

    “To preserve the NFL image and protect billionnaire assets.”

    Where does it say player safety, improving fan experience, or even giving a damn about anything else?

  54. cueghost says: Apr 28, 2017 9:57 AM

    Wow… The pain killers that they are “legally prescribed” are SO MUCH WORSE!!

  55. tylawspick6 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:57 AM

    How could someone so educated.be so ignorant?

    —–

    He’s not educated. He’s a silver-spooned daddy’s boy as are 90% of the owners at this point.

  56. exinsidetrader says: Apr 28, 2017 9:57 AM

    He’s probably correct, but if it isn’t “performance enhancing” it should NOT be an issue.

  57. kevinb73 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:57 AM

    DonkeyWaffle says:
    Apr 28, 2017 9:33 AM
    Let’s give him a few weeks of weed and then yank him off cold turkey… After that, let’s do the same exercise with Oxy and see if he still feels like pot is addictive…

    This guys is such a clown. He doesn’t care about the players at all, he cares about the image of the NFL and money.
    ———————————————————————

    As the commissioner of the NFL, that is his job: to protect the image of the NFL. If the image gets tarnished, there is no money to be made. As much as I don’t agree with everything Goodell does, he made some valid points. Do you want a “baked” player on the field during the SuperBowl? Then you would blame Goodell for letting players smoke pot. Really hypocritical to say you want players able to do this, but not when you don’t want them to be high.

  58. reddzen says: Apr 28, 2017 9:58 AM

    Do you ever have a drink Goodell? SMH. It’s bad enough that you have police powers over your own league, I don’t need you commenting on the social morality of smoking weed. As a bipolar individual (yes, I said it), I can tell you that the medicinal benefits have kept me from suicide.

    Like anything, abuse it, you lose it. In moderation, anything can be good. Enjoy your scotch.

  59. exinsidetrader says: Apr 28, 2017 9:59 AM

    dcpatfan says:
    Apr 28, 2017 9:26 AM

    …and, as we have just seen in the 2016 season and presidential election so isn’t ignorance and absolute power.
    _________
    That was horribly written and near incomprehensible.

    dcpatfan, you sound too dumb to know how dumb you really are. Please refrain from questioning the intelligence of others until you get some of your own.

  60. fbwangus8736 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:00 AM

    Anyone hear the School Counselors voice from South Park out of Goodell saying “Drugs are bad.”.

  61. julyeast says: Apr 28, 2017 10:00 AM

    I went to 76 Dead Shows…..seeing thousands of people with stoned out of their mind day after day and night after night.

    Just because alocohol is legal does not mean weed should be legal

  62. maestro1899 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:00 AM

    Roger, newsflash:

    OPIUM-BASED PAIN PILLS, that the NFL distributes by the handful, is also “unhealthy”. Is the NFL looking to ban these highly-addictive pills? (Of course not! The players need something to deal with the pain, since they can’t use marijuana)

    And if we are talking about health concerns, what about alcohol, which the NFL promotes heavily through sponsorships? Hypocrite much?

    And, another news flash, Roger: Marijuana does NOT have to be smoked. If that’s your primary health concern (that players are “injesting smoke”, then is it safe to assume it’s ok for players to use marijuana in edible, tincture or topical form?

  63. barrywhererufrom says: Apr 28, 2017 10:00 AM

    Spot on. Keep on acting like weed does nothing to you. We all know those who can’t stop smoking and it is ruining their lives. Talk to a drug addiction specialist. Have one in my family. The dangers are their for your health and a new dependency on even more dangerous drugs. Stop looking to pop culture for your reasons to support smoking weed.

  64. DitkasHair says: Apr 28, 2017 10:01 AM

    Goodell and Sessions are cut from the same cloth – Racists and liars … what a 1940’s belief…Roger you are a POS!

  65. julyeast says: Apr 28, 2017 10:02 AM

    the more all of you idiots bash the Commissioner, the more I like him. Cause the going with the herd turns you into sheep. And as Gordon Gekko says “sheep get slaughtered.”

  66. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:02 AM

    Goodell is vile little lying worm of a man. He is unfit to run a miniature golf course much less the NFL

  67. mikeinthevine says: Apr 28, 2017 10:05 AM

    This guy is as stupid as Jeff Sessions.

  68. seabrawk12 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:06 AM

    It’s only a matter of time before legalization occurs on a national level. The misconception of pot is starting to fade. Almost every poll I’ve seen shows astonishing support for legalization across the country. People need another outlet aside from pills, cigarettes, and alcohol.

    I’d say by 2030 this topic will be printed in tablet textbooks (or hologram textbooks) as a time known as the “incredibly stupid prohibition of a plant.”

  69. afreedomfighter88 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:07 AM

    Goodell is just another shill for the alcoholic beverage industry which are one of the biggest supporters of the NFL. It’s absolutely clear that cannabis is by far safer than serial killer alcohol which is directly responsible for over 105,000 deaths per year annually in the United States alone.

  70. bkow54 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:08 AM

    He sounds like a buffoon when he uses this argument as his Exhibit A. Yes, marijuana is addictive and unhealthy…subjectively! So is sugar. When you compare addictiveness of marijuana with other things it doesn’t come anywhere near as close as nicotine, heroin, cocaine, or even alcohol. It is similar to caffeine. In regards to unhealthiness it ranks near the bottom of concern. Of course Goodell seems like the kind of guy that would claim years and years of research by experts in their field can be easily dismissed as fake news…

  71. sellingadream says: Apr 28, 2017 10:08 AM

    I have joint advisors too!

  72. streetyson says: Apr 28, 2017 10:12 AM

    joshgordonsbong says:
    Apr 28, 2017 9:29 AM
    Good to see he’s stuck in the 30’s…
    ——————–
    Actually, it’s your evaluation of weed that’s stuck in the 30s (not 30’s, btw). Weed up until the 80s/90s was usually very mild stuff (and yes I did inhale, a little, and eat a few brownies, in school back in my day), but since the 90s it’s become increasingly strong stuff. We also now know that it has much more long-term impact on brain chemistry than mere booze, especially for those taking it up in their teens, creating some pretty awful paranoia cases (which I’ve seen one of in my family and one pal’s girlfriend) and even worse mental health problems. And medicinially the benefits are weak-to-nonexistent – meditation is better at chronic pain control than a spliff (I speak from experience).

  73. eagleswin says: Apr 28, 2017 10:13 AM

    “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying?” Ehrlichman told Baum. “We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

    —————————

    End of Story.

    Nixon even recorded himself saying why he outlawed marijuana. All that’s missing is video, which as we learned with Ray Rice, is the only way to get people to take things seriously.

    Apparantly taped confessions don’t mean a thing.

  74. lifetimefan says: Apr 28, 2017 10:14 AM

    Well thank Roger.

    Since you brought it up, and since we are on the subject of unhealthy things we ingest maybe we can include what we do to our bodies also.

    So Roger are you going to speak out about Toradol and opiate use by players to manage pain? Allegedly prescribed by team doctors no less?

    How about concussions and CTE, any comments about them?

    What about alcohol?

    What about gambling?

    Roger you are a hypocritical joke and you need to leave.

  75. sabatimus says: Apr 28, 2017 10:16 AM

    I’m seeing a fair amount of false equivalencies in the anecdotes here about weed. Weed does not equal heroin, for example.

  76. dsigrey says: Apr 28, 2017 10:17 AM

    No it’s not, but the pain killers the league hands out like candy sire as hell are.

  77. bullcharger says: Apr 28, 2017 10:17 AM

    Punishing players for doing something that is legal in their state and not performance enhancing is stupid.

    Alcohol is unhealthy and addictive and so are Big Macs.

    I don’t see them stopping the players from partaking im those two things.

    Just go by the law for anything that isn’t a PED.

  78. dedreu400 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:17 AM

    alcohol, cigarettes, and women are unhealthy too, but yet not illegal.

  79. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:17 AM

    Roger is poorly informed as usual and this sort of “sciencey’ thing is beyond him to understand.

    There are 2 compounds in marijuana, THC which is the psychoactive component and is what gets you high, and CBD which is the actual painkilling component and has zero addictive properties or side effects, ie it does not get you high.

    You don’t want them to have THC that’s fine, but pure CBD products are effective and far healthier than opioids should be a no brainer.

    Of course Roger’s brainpower is roughly that of a mentally deficient chipmunk so that’s a big problem when it comes to understanding things that involve science.

  80. sfsugator says: Apr 28, 2017 10:18 AM

    Everyone dislikes this guy, like the 70 thousand plus fans booing him all night. How is he still the commish?

  81. dedreu400 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:18 AM

    also playing football in itself is unhealthy, fine you dont want pot legal just come up with a better reason thats all.

  82. lifetimefan says: Apr 28, 2017 10:20 AM

    The people that are against pot have a point, it can cause some issues.

    If we want to be honest though, so won’t the overuse of alcohol, ice cream, and bacon. Heck computers are causing kids to stay indoors and become overweight from lack of activity.

    God forbid if someone tried a bowl of french vanilla with bacon bits and a rum sauce topping while playing a computer game!

    Lets outlaw all of those dangerous substances and activities.

  83. sadclefan says: Apr 28, 2017 10:22 AM

    Hey Roger, you know what else is bad for you? Banging your head into another human being repeatedly at 100 miles an hour. Ever heard of CTE? Way more dangerous than pot. Once the NFL figures out how to profit from the growing marijuana acceptance in this country, only then will they magically not have a problem with it anymore. I could have listened to those fans at the draft boo him all night long.

  84. bullcharger says: Apr 28, 2017 10:23 AM

    julyeast says:
    Apr 28, 2017 10:02 AM
    the more all of you idiots bash the Commissioner, the more I like him. Cause the going with the herd turns you into sheep. And as Gordon Gekko says “sheep get slaughtered.”

    ————-

    Sometimes the herd is running away from the T-Rex which is pretty smart. Jurassic Park. Equally as fictional as Gordon Gekko.

  85. larryallensjockstrap says: Apr 28, 2017 10:23 AM

    weed was made illegal in 1906 because the paper industry could not compete with hemp paper products. you cant make this stuff up. it has “no medical purposes” according to the DEA but cocaine and heroin do. again, you cant make this stuff up…

  86. jjpmn says: Apr 28, 2017 10:24 AM

    Roger is a puppet. We can all wish he would be replaced, but the simple truth is that whenever the time comes, his spot will be taken by another puppet for the owners.

  87. pastabelly says: Apr 28, 2017 10:24 AM

    Weed is not addictive. He lies again.

  88. Big_Mike392 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:25 AM

    I’m loving the logic in these comments… “_____ is dangerous too, so why not allow another dangerous thing?”

    I don’t see how that can be your argument. It’s like saying, “Hey Roger, I know you don’t allow bombs to be brought into NFL games, but you allow alcohol to be served, and that can dangerous too! So why not bombs? So hypocritical!”

  89. metalman5150 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:25 AM

    That’s odd: I didn’t feel like I needed to smoke weed this morning, before work, so I didn’t. Strangely enough, surely my boss didn’t feel like he needed to pop that pain killer, before work, but he did anyways; almost like he was addicted (or in pain)? IDK either way- PILLS baby!

  90. asween16 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:26 AM

    Ahhh Hello…smashing your head into another guys head is a bit unhealthy too. Can you say C T E….I knew you could.

  91. realfootballfan says: Apr 28, 2017 10:27 AM

    So is running into other guys for a living, and you have no problems with that one Roger. I’m the farthest thing froma drug advocate as you could be, but this is silly. About 90% of your league does it already just like in the NBA, and it’s not killing anybody. It actually might help these guys from taking those oh so much safer opiates (I kid) that your team doctors are handing out like candy.

  92. gbrim20 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:27 AM

    Goodell speaks the truth, even though many fans will argue because they like to feel justified and cozy in their personal pot use. People don’t like to be told what to do.

    If it doesn’t have the potential to be addictive, why do NFL players every year get banned because they can’t stop? Daryl Washington of the Cards took 3 years to get reinstated, had multiple warnings after failing tests, but couldn’t stop. That’s called being addictive.

    Medical professionals agree it slows the brain down and weakens memory. This is fact, just not one that is often quoted, again, because people like to justify their habits.

  93. BobbyHanks63 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:28 AM

    I agree with every negative remark made against the worst commissioner in NFL history who has proven time and time again he is a totally ignorance and extremely dishonest man. He got this job worth millions, because his father was a New York U.S. Senator who bombarded the NFL offices with bloated letters dishonestly stating Roger’s great ability. Only a person who had the mechanisms of an election campaign machinery, already in place and at his disposal like his dad Senator Goodell. More worthy applicants were screwed but now so are all the fans and players of the NFL.

  94. whatjusthapped says: Apr 28, 2017 10:28 AM

    Being of a libertarian bent, they should legalize everything with one caveat, you need to pay for your own health costs if you go off the rails from all the drugs and dope you freely bring into your own lives.

    If someone thinks getting stoned everyday is their best use of their time, that’s one less person trying to take my earnings away from me. The world is competitive enough without having to compete with every single person on the planet.

  95. electricboogalo says: Apr 28, 2017 10:29 AM

    It’s ignorant thinking like this that fueled the biggest tax increase in history – the war on drugs. Thanks Reagan.

  96. mortalkondek says: Apr 28, 2017 10:30 AM

    Alcohol is far more addictive and damaging.

  97. ahostiletakeover says: Apr 28, 2017 10:31 AM

    Did Mike and Mike accidentally book Jeff Sessions in a Goodell costume?

  98. clssylssy says: Apr 28, 2017 10:35 AM

    Alcohol is unhealthy and addictive but I bet it doesn’t stop him from using it. Check the facts, the lives ruined, the violence inspired, the money spent (lost) on rehab, the deaths both directly and indirectly, and yet it’s legal and socially acceptable. What an idiot, does this guy read, does he follow science?
    Duh, it’s all about money…like the NFL!

  99. bigswifty74 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:36 AM

    The most dangerous thing about cannabis is getting caught with it. Answer me this, Roger: why is cannabis so dangerous when NO ONE HAS EVER DIED FROM IT??

    Do some research and find out how many deaths are attributed to alcohol and painkillers EVERY DAY.

  100. tripledipper says: Apr 28, 2017 10:39 AM

    Scientifically proven wrong time and again, but facts mean nothing to morons like him.

  101. DolFan says: Apr 28, 2017 10:39 AM

    Can’t see how the NFL will make recreational MJ ok for players when it is still illegal everywhere federally. They have to wait for the feds to make it legal.

  102. buckybadger says: Apr 28, 2017 10:41 AM

    Just another comment soaked in ignorance and self righteousness. Let the individual decide what is good for him. Everyone wants to tell people what to think.

  103. bigswifty74 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:41 AM

    Also, if our government claims that cannabis is dangerous and has “No medical value”, then why do they own the patent on medicinal cannabis? Patent #6,630,507. Look it up.

  104. Occam's Whiskey Bottle says: Apr 28, 2017 10:42 AM

    Here come the upset potheads…

  105. thermalito says: Apr 28, 2017 10:43 AM

    Say what you want about marijuana for recreational use but this statement is simply false:

    “the growing body of evidence that marijuana can be used for medical reasons.”

    Most of that “growing body of evidence” is based on junk science. Marijuana’s health benefits are greatly exaggerated. It does not kill cancer cells, it does not relieve pain (it intensifies it) and it is not a very good sleep aid (it oftentimes has the opposite effect). It also has several major side effects such as erectile dysfunction and chronic lethargy.

  106. jkossrt says: Apr 28, 2017 10:44 AM

    gregbeau says:
    Apr 28, 2017 9:35 AM
    Marijuana is not booze so people should stop equating the two.

    He isn’t wrong, it is a mind-altering substance so it obviously has behavioral and health effects on people. Some people do get psychologically addicted to it. I have no problem with it being used for pain management once it has gone through clinical trials and has a dosage protocol established, and can be administered like other pharma. But until federal law changes he isn’t wrong. And even if that does happen, it can remain a condition of employment that play

    ________________________________________
    _

    I agree. I am not opposed to marijuana for medical use. I am opposed to it for “recreational” use. I have (had) 2 friends that were killed because of so called “recreational” use. One was his own fault and one was killed by a driver under the influence of marijuana. True the other driver could have been drinking. The point was he wasn’t. And the point is that marijuana is not as harmless as most people think. I have 2 children that got hooked on hard drugs and both of them started smoking pot. Like it or not, there is a connection for some people. Goodell is not wrong to try and protect the league from future lawsuits from marijuana use until more information is in.
    I fully expect to get ten times more thumbs down than thumbs up, but that is my opinion.

  107. lingsun54 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:44 AM

    bigswifty74 says:
    Apr 28, 2017 10:36 AM
    The most dangerous thing about cannabis is getting caught with it. Answer me this, Roger: why is cannabis so dangerous when NO ONE HAS EVER DIED FROM IT??

    Do some research and find out how many deaths are attributed to alcohol and painkillers EVERY DAY.

    ———————————————————
    Obviously you’ve never done any research or you would know that it causes permanent brain damage in young people. It also ages you much faster than tobacco. So if you want to look 45 when you’re 35 then go for it.

    It also turns people into lazy apathetic losers who don’t care about anyone or anything except getting high.

    Probably the worst thing is that it deadens the conscience. The worst people I’ve ever known were potheads. How else do you abuse your wife and children and still feel good?

  108. bencoates57 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:46 AM

    Oxycodone makes you feel much better.

  109. fordbw says: Apr 28, 2017 10:47 AM

    Marijuana is unhealthy but head concussions are okay.

  110. lingsun54 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:48 AM

    Basically the pro-pot argument comes to to:

    It makes me feel good.
    I’m too much under the influence to see how it affects me.

  111. koufaxmitzvah says: Apr 28, 2017 10:49 AM

    Never mind the opioids given to players. Every single commercial break during a football game involves a push for beer.

    Alcohol is bad for the body. Alcohol is addictive.

    Roger Goodell is a bona fide hypocrite and moron.

  112. kissbillsrings says: Apr 28, 2017 10:50 AM

    It’s NOT UNHEALTHY…. It may be addictive….personally believe it’s way safer than alcohol…..

  113. bonerfartblog says: Apr 28, 2017 10:51 AM

    gregbeau says:
    Apr 28, 2017 9:35 AM

    But until federal law changes he isn’t wrong. And even if that does happen, it can remain a condition of employment that players abstain.

    ==================

    There’s never been a federal law setup to benefit a corporate interest. Ever. Just ask Carl Icahn.

  114. dryzzt23 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:51 AM

    Weed is for IDIOTS! Is starts a slippery slope into other, more addictive drugs, that is a proven FACT!

    I agree with Goodell on this 100%.

    Plus, illegal drugs are for people who are WEAK and cannot face the challenges of life. So they turn to street drugs to cope. Those people typically turn out to be losers and ultimately burdens on society.

    NFL Players have a duty to themselves, their employer, and their family to steer clear of illegal drugs until their playing days are over.
    Why? Because when their performance declines b/c of their focus on getting high, it affects their TEAM, but they care not b/c all they want is the next high.

    But hey, keep telling yourselves that potheads don’t hurt anyone else b/c of their choice to smoke dope. You are wrong and you are enabling the destruction of someone’s life.

  115. PFT is Lemmy's beach says: Apr 28, 2017 10:51 AM

    gregbeau says:
    Apr 28, 2017 9:35 AM
    Marijuana is not booze so people should stop equating the two.

    Yes, let’s be disingenuous instead.

  116. PriorKnowledge says: Apr 28, 2017 10:52 AM

    You potheads are so into denial. Just because some legal things can be abused worse does not make pot benign. For example, murder is a worse crime than theft, so we should make theft legal?

    First: Pot is obviously addictive. Many studies have shown that. And common sense shows that, also, because players that are tested weekly and sure to be caught, cannot resist it.

    Second: Pot smoke has more carcinogens than tobacco. In addition, pot smokers inhale pot smoke more deeply than tobacco smokers inhale tobacco smoke.

    Concerning pot smoking: How many potheads smoke pot for the flavor? Swirling the smoke around in their mouth and then exhaling it without taking it into their lungs? You ever hear of that? No! You smoke pot to get high. Period.

    Pot is dangerous and unhealthy. Casual use may not be as dangerous as, say, sky diving, but pot is not benign. So grow up. We cannot protect idiots from doing all the possible idiotic things that can harm them, but that does not mean we should not try.

  117. metalman5150 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:58 AM

    Michael Phelps never beat a woman!

    And he holds more Gold Olympic Medals than every single one of the commenters on here.

    But like the guy above men already stated:
    [“It also turns people into lazy apathetic losers who don’t care about anyone or anything except getting high.

    Probably the worst thing is that it deadens the conscience. The worst people I’ve ever known were potheads. How else do you abuse your wife and children and still feel good?”””]

    talk about perception being reality?

  118. yahdoood says: Apr 28, 2017 10:58 AM

    I’d like to submit my application to become a “Joint Advisor” for the NFL

    Qualifications include:
    Proper Blunt technique
    Expertise on various rice paper blends and relationships with paper vendors including Kraft’s paper empire.
    Willingness to Puff puff and pass.

  119. bostonpatriots1stfan says: Apr 28, 2017 10:59 AM

    Isn’t this the same guy who compared a few puffs of air in a football to PED use?

  120. Hawknballs says: Apr 28, 2017 10:59 AM

    Please I want to hear more expert medical opinion from the guy who makes millions off of the “grown men smashing into eachother at 100 mph” league.

    Hypocrite.

    If anyone deserves to relax and feel better with a doob in their off time, its servicemen and NFL players.

  121. dickroy says: Apr 28, 2017 11:01 AM

    It must be very addictive when players can’t stay off of it through one football season and give up millions of dollars.

  122. metalman5150 says: Apr 28, 2017 11:01 AM

    I’m lazy bc of Pot?

    I’m fat bc of Fried Chicken?

    I’m delusional bc I can’t think for myself.

    Must be the pot and not the person.

    I love living in a society where all of my problems are not of my own accord.

  123. mmack66 says: Apr 28, 2017 11:03 AM

    Kingmj4891 says:
    Apr 28, 2017 9:47 AM

    “I want to make sure that the negative consequences aren’t something that is something that we’ll be held accountable for some years down the road.” -Roger

    That is the biggest reason right there.
    —————————

    That’s total BS. If the NFL cared about that, they would concern themselves with opioid use among players, and not whether some players smoke weed now and then.

  124. vikinganswer says: Apr 28, 2017 11:03 AM

    AMEN!! Not to mention usually leads to harder substance usage

  125. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 28, 2017 11:04 AM

    “Marijuana’s health benefits are greatly exaggerated. It does not kill cancer cells, it does not relieve pain (it intensifies it) and it is not a very good sleep aid (it oftentimes has the opposite effect). It also has several major side effects such as erectile dysfunction and chronic lethargy.”

    Outside of the fact that it does not kill cancer cells everything else you said is a blatant lie and there is solid empirical evidence showing so.

  126. maestro1899 says: Apr 28, 2017 11:05 AM

    lingsun54 says:
    Apr 28, 2017 10:44 AM
    bigswifty74 says:
    Apr 28, 2017 10:36 AM
    The most dangerous thing about cannabis is getting caught with it. Answer me this, Roger: why is cannabis so dangerous when NO ONE HAS EVER DIED FROM IT??

    Do some research and find out how many deaths are attributed to alcohol and painkillers EVERY DAY.

    ———————————————————
    Obviously you’ve never done any research or you would know that it causes permanent brain damage in young people. It also ages you much faster than tobacco. So if you want to look 45 when you’re 35 then go for it.

    It also turns people into lazy apathetic losers who don’t care about anyone or anything except getting high.

    Probably the worst thing is that it deadens the conscience. The worst people I’ve ever known were potheads. ***How else do you abuse your wife and children and still feel good?***

    – – – –

    How about Alcohol?

    It seems a lot more people abuse others when they are drunk, not high on marijuana. I’ve never heard of anyone getting stoned out of their mind and beating their wife because they are high.

    However, we’ve all heard stories about people who were drunk who did this…

  127. BigBagOfMoney says: Apr 28, 2017 11:08 AM

    There are arguments both for and against marijuana. But staying out of which are correct and not saying either way what the rulings on it should be…its still clear that Goodell does not have his facts correct hes just talking out his tail to make a narrative. Folks here can say whether they like or dislike the narrative based on whether is strokes their own personal feelings on the topuc, but no one can say this guy knows what hes talking about.

  128. onlinetoughguy says: Apr 28, 2017 11:11 AM

    I guess he’s also against players consuming sugar, smoking cigarettes, and drinking alcohol. All things that are more harmful than smoking marijuana.

  129. narca9 says: Apr 28, 2017 11:12 AM

    I think marijuana is one of two things the PFT comment community all agrees on…

    We may argue about political views, anthem kneelers, Blue/Black Lives Matter, but we all agree the league (and government) should stay out of the players lives when it comes to marijuana.

    That and how Goodell is the worst.

  130. sire703 says: Apr 28, 2017 11:12 AM

    Didn’t realize Roger Goodell was our current Keebler Elf attorney general.

  131. humboldt420 says: Apr 28, 2017 11:17 AM

    Alcohol is the NFL’s biggest sponsor, yet marijuana is addictive and unhealthy…

  132. gtrav says: Apr 28, 2017 11:20 AM

    Time to get Ted Wells stoned out of his mind and run an investigation, although I don’t think it’s the first time he’s done that

  133. kenmasters34 says: Apr 28, 2017 11:20 AM

    Exactly. Someone check Ryan Pace immediately.

  134. nyneal says: Apr 28, 2017 11:24 AM

    If you’re against recreational marijuna use, you get called criticized and called names by the potheads.
    Contrary to what the potheads would have you believe, marijuana does have negative long term health issues. It isn’t this harmless wonder drug that they would have you believe.
    I am all for people who are suffering from disease or illness using marijuana if it helps relieve their pain. But I am 100% against legalizing marijuana for recreational use.
    And it’s my right to feel that way in spite of the potheads ire.
    I grew up in the 60’s and had quite a few classmates who were potheads back then. I’ve been around people who use it now, too. But I distance myself from them because I am so adamant about drug use. If I go to a party and there is marijuana being used, I leave and don’t go back.
    As for alcohol, I feel the same way. I drank beer and even whiskey at times in my life, and I wish I never had. I never liked the taste of it anyway, and if I had more than a few beers or a couple of shots, it made me feel awful, especially the next day. I hated the feeling of not being in control of myself.
    Thank Goodness, I never smoked cigarettes. Both of my parents did, however, and it had a definite effect on their health when they got older.
    I keep asking the potheads why they have to use marijuana and I have yet to get a solid answer. What is it in their lives that makes them have to resort to using it to feel good? Same with people who drink. I just don’t understand why they need to do it (I’m not talking about alcoholics, by the way).
    The worst thing for me is when I used to go to NFL football games and people would be tailgating and downing beer and shots of all kinds of stuff and they’d get hammered. Then they’d go in the stadium and act like jerks. I stopped going to the games, and that was a big part of the reason. If I had my way, they’d ban alcohol at all sporting events. But of course, they won’t.
    Our dopey governor here in NY recently proposed to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages at movie theaters. I think that’s the most asinine thing I’ve heard of. That’s a place where you take children and I damned sure don’t want them to be around that there.

  135. dptbs77 says: Apr 28, 2017 11:24 AM

    This guy is just a complete moron.., seriously lol

  136. mmack66 says: Apr 28, 2017 11:30 AM

    The amount of misinformation that you anti-pot bozos operate with is astounding.

    Medical marijuana retains all of the numerous benefits of the cannabis plant, minus the psychotropic effects.

    Even if players were smoking marijuana, it would still be better for them than being addicted to opioids.

    And how exactly does one inhale marijuana smoke “more deeply” than cigarette smoke? Do you not see how stupid that makes you look when you say something like that?

  137. buckybadger says: Apr 28, 2017 11:41 AM

    @jkossrt, you still have to let people decide for themselves. Far more dangerous things are allowed yet you want to stop this one. You can only take care of yourself. Don’t look for the government to fix things. By your reasoning we should outlaw liquor and fatty foods. Hate to break this to you but if your kids got into hard drugs they would have done it if pot was there or not. Don’t look for a scapegoat because your kids couldn’t make the right decision. Maybe you should have taught them better. Don’t infringe on my freedoms because your kids and friends made bad choices.

  138. zibet says: Apr 28, 2017 11:41 AM

    This “thing” I won’t call him a person is everything that is wrong with society. I have to make sure we’re not held responsible later – spoken like a true lawyer. All downside evil thinking and no upside or analysis of the positives. Get more of them into office people!

  139. thermalito says: Apr 28, 2017 11:42 AM

    harrisonhits2: It is a blatant lie that chronic marijuana use causes erectile dysfunction and chronic lethargy? You are living in a world of denial. There have been multiple studies confirming what has long been known that daily marijuana use causes ED. To suggest that marijuana does not make you lazy and lethargic is ridiculous. The claims of being a pain reliever and sleep aid are so exaggerated to the point of absurdity and there not consensus within the medical community on its effectiveness for any other than treating side effects associated with chemotherapy and HIV drugs.

  140. eustus says: Apr 28, 2017 11:45 AM

    I don’t smoke. Not my thing.

    But you know what doesn’t just have addictive elements? The opioid painkillers they hand out like pez in locker rooms.

    You know what is unhealthy? Taking coritsone and other shots to mask the pain of an injury, instead of treating the injury.

    You know what is unhealthy? Repeated shots to the brain bucket.

    Goodell is such a mindless turd. He’s surrounded himself with psychophants and yes men. The crap he spews only sounds good in the boardroom at 345 Park Avenue and that’s a problem.

  141. cosmicconvoy says: Apr 28, 2017 11:46 AM

    He’s being blunt about it

  142. pkrlvr says: Apr 28, 2017 11:53 AM

    He said joint advisor. Lol. Did he advise to roll it tight, but not too tight?

  143. pwellz says: Apr 28, 2017 11:55 AM

    OKAY, even if this were true, what does this have to do with football? They aren’t suspending players for cigarettes and alcohol.

  144. pkrlvr says: Apr 28, 2017 11:56 AM

    Marijuana’s health benefits are greatly exaggerated. It does not kill cancer cells, it does not relieve pain (it intensifies it) and it is not a very good sleep aid (it oftentimes has the opposite effect). It also has several major side effects such as erectile dysfunction and chronic lethargy.”
    ———
    Gotta love when someone who doesn’t smoke tells you all about the drug he doesn’t use. As a 25 year enthusiast I can say that nearly your entire post is incorrect.

  145. bostonsteve12 says: Apr 28, 2017 11:56 AM

    Goodell continued….. “Our track record for use and abuse of Oxycodone, percocet and other opiates, is a proven method established by a process between the NFL and our key sponsor:”Big Pharma”? Look how many people OD’d and died while using marijuana” compared to opiates”. Believe me, just as with concussions, Deflategate, Domestic Abuse, we at the NFL are setting the bar for a productive positive safe workplace”. We know what we are doing”

  146. lippy51 says: Apr 28, 2017 11:58 AM

    gregbeau says:
    Apr 28, 2017 9:35 AM
    Marijuana is not booze so people should stop equating the two.

    He isn’t wrong, it is a mind-altering substance so it obviously has behavioral and health effects on people. Some people do get psychologically addicted to it. I have no problem with it being used for pain management once it has gone through clinical trials and has a dosage protocol established, and can be administered like other pharma. But until federal law changes he isn’t wrong. And even if that does happen, it can remain a condition of employment that players abstain.

    ———————————
    Nerd

  147. sml1210 says: Apr 28, 2017 12:00 PM

    And cold air doesn’t deflate footballs, right, Roger?

  148. pftreader69 says: Apr 28, 2017 12:00 PM

    Well we already knew science wasn’t his strong point.

  149. mmack66 says: Apr 28, 2017 12:00 PM

    nyneal says:
    Apr 28, 2017 11:24 AM

    If you’re against recreational marijuna use, you get called criticized and called names by the potheads.
    Contrary to what the potheads would have you believe, marijuana does have negative long term health issues. It isn’t this harmless wonder drug that they would have you believe.
    ———————

    You anti-pot bozos get criticized because, due to your ignorance, you spread lies and misinformation about marijuana.

    The health benefits of marijuana are well documented, though not as well documented as they should be since some people like to demonize it, and the government classifying it as more dangerous than heroin, which is ludicrous.

  150. loliamsuchanerd says: Apr 28, 2017 12:01 PM

    Meanwhile I am bombarded with beer commercials during every NFL game. Oh, but that is legal, so I’ll assume it’s non addictive and healthy for me. Woohoo! Hey everyone, let’s get drunk!

  151. jags2daship says: Apr 28, 2017 12:02 PM

    Hey Roger my friend is highly addicted to the Alcohol you push on every commercial break. It is ruining his life. Highly addictive. He will change his tune on weed when he it makes his pockets fatter.

  152. thermalito says: Apr 28, 2017 12:04 PM

    mmack66: Its kind of ironic you accuse others of posting misinformation after this gem of a comment:

    “Even if players were smoking marijuana, it would still be better for them than being addicted to opioids.”

    If a player has just had surgery or is suffering from a major injury such as a fracture or torn ligament, marijuana is simply not effective at treating that kind pain. Actually, it is debatable as to whether or not marijuana has any effect on pain whatsoever. A study published by “Science” suggests marijuana actually shuts down pain inhibitor neurons and can actually intensify pain. There are obviously many risks involved with opioids, but to say that marijuana is a viable alternative to them in dealing with intense pain is absurd.

    Never mind the fact that “numerous benefits” you cite in regards to weed are grossly exaggerated.

  153. cletuspstillwaterjr says: Apr 28, 2017 12:05 PM

    Ricky Williams wants an explanation and a pizza.

  154. laserw says: Apr 28, 2017 12:11 PM

    Weed is bad. Period. You can contrive a medical use for it, but smoking it does not make you healthier.

    I’m a libertarian so I don’t care what you do with your body; however, if you are under the influence behind a motor vehicle and you hit someone, you should be executed; if you report to work under the influence, you should be fired; if you commit a crime while under the influence, you should spent the rest of your life in jail; and if you are a woman under the influence, you are as guilty as the man who is under the influence who takes advantage of you; if you cannot consent, he cannot either.

    As such, if you are under the influence of any drugs in the NFL, you must disclose the drugs you are going to take before you take them; if you don’t do this, you should be fired; and the NFL should impose a ban on anything that improves your performance regardless of the drug’s legal status elsewhere.

    I’m sick of druggies thinking they are superior – you bear a burden that should cost you your life if you take another person’s while you are under the influence. Rights require responsibilities.

  155. flyinghighphil says: Apr 28, 2017 12:11 PM

    Goodel needs to go THATS ALL

  156. louiegrandie says: Apr 28, 2017 12:19 PM

    Sounds as if he is reading from the Jeff Sessions book on Reefer Madness

  157. matterson20 says: Apr 28, 2017 12:21 PM

    I love seeing all the squares still stuck in the 50’s with their attitudes about marijuana getting their comments voted down. Shows how far America’s view on this subject has moved away from these idiots.

  158. imnotsorryisaidthat says: Apr 28, 2017 12:23 PM

    loosen up and hit that bowl rodger

  159. dt584ever says: Apr 28, 2017 12:25 PM

    Roger is an absolute idiot! Prescription pain pills are the main cause for the heroin problems in the US. I beleive these drugs are prescribe by doctors in the NFL but I guess he can overlook that because he doesn’t have the stones to speak the facts.

  160. veddermn8 says: Apr 28, 2017 12:25 PM

    Yea the only way to injest it is smoking it….ugh.

    Opiods are vastly more dangerous, but they happen to make a lot of companies rich.

    And I don’t use marijuana, but if the medical community finds it to be helpful with pain management and some folks like to use it after work to de-stress, then go ahead and tax it.

  161. oaklegend says: Apr 28, 2017 12:26 PM

    Marijuana is absolutely addictive and generally unhealthy does damage to young brains and increases their likelihood of psychiatric disorders… but, because potheads like to get high we have endure a campaign of misinformation from them along with a lot of very selective science. Personally, I believe the evidence is also clear that there are medical benefits. So, it’s a mixed bag. I have no problem with the NFL holding fast on this issue, and in fact I applaud Goodell on this one… a rare thing, for me to applaud Goodell these days.

  162. chaparra5 says: Apr 28, 2017 12:27 PM

    What will Greedell do once weed is legal in the US and the industry has billions to spend on advertisements? I’m sure the NFL will continue with weed is bad not take their money.

  163. realtruthteller100 says: Apr 28, 2017 12:28 PM

    smoking the devils lettuce kills brain cells and can have negative long term health effects. this is something the commish will not stand for! all u “fans” criticizing him need to fall in line and start protecting the shield asap!

  164. davej13 says: Apr 28, 2017 12:30 PM

    Really? So I guess handfuls of Vicadin and Oxy and pain killer shots are not addictive and good for you.

    Hey Roger, how much did the drug companies pay you to say that? What is the price? Some pot stores were wondering what it costs to become the official pain killer of the NFL.

  165. veddermn8 says: Apr 28, 2017 12:31 PM

    laserw says:
    Apr 28, 2017 12:11 PM

    Weed is bad. Period. You can contrive a medical use for it, but smoking it does not make you healthier.

    I’m a libertarian so I don’t care what you do with your body; however, if you are under the influence behind a motor vehicle and you hit someone, you should be executed; if you report to work under the influence, you should be fired; if you commit a crime while under the influence, you should spent the rest of your life in jail; and if you are a woman under the influence, you are as guilty as the man who is under the influence who takes advantage of you; if you cannot consent, he cannot either.

    As such, if you are under the influence of any drugs in the NFL, you must disclose the drugs you are going to take before you take them; if you don’t do this, you should be fired; and the NFL should impose a ban on anything that improves your performance regardless of the drug’s legal status elsewhere.

    I’m sick of druggies thinking they are superior – you bear a burden that should cost you your life if you take another person’s while you are under the influence. Rights require responsibilities.

    =============

    Actually using marijuana for pain management can vastly improve a patient’s quality of life. Many cancer patients have been studied and found this to be so, and found it much more effective than opiods, which are far more dangerous and addictive. But opiods are fine in the NFL and make a few very large companies very, very rich.

    And your statement of “bearing responsibility” should also apply to the NFL’s incentivizing players to get loaded on opiods to continue playing and to not lose their job, which in effect is a performance enhancer.

  166. oaklegend says: Apr 28, 2017 12:31 PM

    There’s no justifying the NFL’s dedication to promoting alcohol the way it does. I get it, it’s legal, but it’s also devastating individuals and the careers of NFL players all the time.

    Goodell is right to keep the ban on marijuana, but needs to change it’s policies on alcohol promotion. But, money, money, money…

  167. dolphins62 says: Apr 28, 2017 12:31 PM

    Maybe Goodell should light up a big “fatty” while announcing the draft picks. This might help him lighten up a little. The man is such a Tool!

  168. macneil4025 says: Apr 28, 2017 12:33 PM

    Having the NFL of all people act as the morality police is priceless, Hey Rog, football is bad for public health as well, of wait, your still studying the link to traumatic brain injuries, right?

  169. veddermn8 says: Apr 28, 2017 12:34 PM

    thermalito says:
    Apr 28, 2017 12:04 PM

    If a player has just had surgery or is suffering from a major injury such as a fracture or torn ligament, marijuana is simply not effective at treating that kind pain. Actually, it is debatable as to whether or not marijuana has any effect on pain whatsoever. A study published by “Science” suggests marijuana actually shuts down pain inhibitor neurons and can actually intensify pain. There are obviously many risks involved with opioids, but to say that marijuana is a viable alternative to them in dealing with intense pain is absurd.

    Never mind the fact that “numerous benefits” you cite in regards to weed are grossly exaggerated.

    ========

    Ask the numerous cancer patients who have successfully used it for pain management.

    Ask the numerous people who have lost family members to opiod overdoses. No one “overdoses” on weed.

  170. thermalito says: Apr 28, 2017 12:35 PM

    matterson20: So pointing out the fact many if not most of marijuana’s health “benefits” are based on junk science is being a square stuck in the 50’s? If anything, it shows how far removed from reality many of today’s younger generation is and how badly they lack any kind of real critical thinking skills.

  171. BigBagOfMoney says: Apr 28, 2017 12:38 PM

    nyneal says:
    Apr 28, 2017 11:24 AM
    If you’re against recreational marijuna use, you get called criticized and called names by the potheads.
    Contrary to what the potheads would have you believe, marijuana does have negative long term health issues. It isn’t this harmless wonder drug that they would have you believe.
    I am all for people who are suffering from disease or illness using marijuana if it helps relieve their pain. But I am 100% against legalizing marijuana for recreational use.
    And it’s my right to feel that way in spite of the potheads ire.

    —rest removed for brevity—–
    —scroll up to see the full list of opinions on various things people shouldnt do—

    _____________________________

    While I somewhat agree with you in that I have no use for pot myself personally, what I am really opposed to is telling other people what they can and cant do. (Or calling them names for doing it)

  172. diehardfootballfan says: Apr 28, 2017 12:39 PM

    NOT!!!!! Do some research first Roger before you stick you foot in your mouth again.

  173. kingfoles says: Apr 28, 2017 12:39 PM

    Okay….what about the Percocets that are handed out like candy after games? I’d much rather my kid smoke a joint than swallow that sh!t.

  174. thermalito says: Apr 28, 2017 12:41 PM

    veddermn8: Opiods are also vastly more effective and the medical community is FAR from being in agreement on marijuana’s benefits of pain management. Multiple studies have shown marijuana actually shuts down the body’s pain inhibitor neurons.
    And since you seem to think there is this grand conspiracy by the pharmaceutical industry in regards to “getting rich” from opiods based drugs, whats to stop them from producing cannabis if it supposedly has all of these amazing pain relieving qualities?

  175. pantherpro says: Apr 28, 2017 12:42 PM

    Goodell is a Trump lover along with a lot of the rich owners and many many NFL fans known as morons! Enjoy fools!

  176. thermalito says: Apr 28, 2017 12:46 PM

    veddermn8: Cannabis being used to treat some of the discomfort associated with chemotherapy is a far cry from the treatment of acute pain from sports injuries. As I said, marijuana is completely ineffective at treating acute pain from a fractured bone, severe inflammation, torn ligaments or lacerations. It is simply not an alternative to severe acute pain from injury. What part of this are you not comprehending?

  177. delions00 says: Apr 28, 2017 12:50 PM

    “We have joint advisers,…”

    Appropriately worded there, Rog.

  178. waynesborokennyg says: Apr 28, 2017 12:52 PM

    He said “…joint advisors…” lol

  179. seals1 says: Apr 28, 2017 12:53 PM

    Pot is for losers. How many more pills can I get asap. These don’t appear to be addictive at all. Oh ya, until i’m sitting in a seedy motel room with a needle in my arm. Meanwhile that loser smoking reefer is playing disc golf in the park.

  180. gauchosporlife says: Apr 28, 2017 1:01 PM

    Go ask Aaron Hernandez how marijuana positively influenced his life.

  181. itsbenbeckett says: Apr 28, 2017 1:02 PM

    Wait, people still smoke weed? I eat it cooked in food or vape it.

  182. whispersd says: Apr 28, 2017 1:05 PM

    “superpatriotsfan says:
    Apr 28, 2017 9:38 AM
    So is cheating.”

    Not half as addictive as trolling.

    Or lying for that matter.

  183. whispersd says: Apr 28, 2017 1:07 PM

    “whats to stop them from producing cannabis if it supposedly has all of these amazing pain relieving qualities?”

    Nobody can patent it. Or prevent people from growing it for themselves all over the country.

  184. whispersd says: Apr 28, 2017 1:08 PM

    “If you’re against recreational marijuna use, you get called criticized and called names by the potheads.”

    Apparently you’re OK with name-calling.

  185. granadafan says: Apr 28, 2017 1:11 PM

    If people on this talkboard are so in favor of legalizing marijuana, then they should stop voting for ultra conservative and religious fundamentalist politicians. That may be unlikely given that most posters here are middle aged white conservative (anti PC, anti feminists, pro bigotry against gays) and pro Trump supporters.

    Quit bashing the NFL for their stance as they are following federal laws. Unfortunately, the current party in charge of Congress and the White House still thinks MJ is the weed of the devil.

  186. mikejune says: Apr 28, 2017 1:12 PM

    “Marijuana is…hold on…yeah, Coors, just back up the truck and dump the money right over there…dangerous and unhealthy.”

    While it may be unhealthy, it is certainly not as dangerous, or unhealthy, as alcohol. Especially the type of beer that sponsors the NFL. A product like Coors Light is specifically made to be consumed in mass quantity, hence the fact that it lacks any real flavor, is served ice cold, and sold in 30-packs.

  187. CowboyErik says: Apr 28, 2017 1:14 PM

    what an idiot, addictive?

  188. veddermn8 says: Apr 28, 2017 1:20 PM

    gauchosporlife says:
    Apr 28, 2017 1:01 PM

    Go ask Aaron Hernandez how marijuana positively influenced his life.

    ======

    Angel dust was purportedly his problem among many.

  189. FoozieGrooler says: Apr 28, 2017 1:20 PM

    Number of people who die in this country each year due to alcohol related incidents: 88,000
    Number of people worldwide who have died from marijuana since the beginning of time: 0

  190. ereihs says: Apr 28, 2017 1:22 PM

    The most damage I have ever done from marijuana is too a bag of Doritos.

  191. veddermn8 says: Apr 28, 2017 1:25 PM

    thermalito says:
    Apr 28, 2017 12:46 PM

    veddermn8: Cannabis being used to treat some of the discomfort associated with chemotherapy is a far cry from the treatment of acute pain from sports injuries. As I said, marijuana is completely ineffective at treating acute pain from a fractured bone, severe inflammation, torn ligaments or lacerations. It is simply not an alternative to severe acute pain from injury. What part of this are you not comprehending?

    ========

    I never said cannabis is a complete replacement for opiods, especially in cases of acute pain. Not sure where you got that. But it is hypocritical of the NFL to actively push known dangerous medications and not allow a milder less dangerous drug. And powerful painkillers in general are hardly in the player’s long term health interest anyway. Giving a player painkillers does not make them less injured. They are performance enhancers, period.

  192. truthdispensary says: Apr 28, 2017 1:27 PM

    Anyone that says Pot is addictive has never smoked it…

  193. newmancave2016 says: Apr 28, 2017 1:27 PM

    Well, it’s not physiologically addictive. It may be psychologically addictive. It’s not harmless, but it’s pretty obvious it’s better than alcohol or tobacco. The position doesn’t make sense. They should stop testing for marijuana completely. If a guy shows up high or the team shows his performance as declined because of drug use that’s another story

  194. newmancave2016 says: Apr 28, 2017 1:31 PM

    FoozieGrooler says:
    Apr 28, 2017 1:20 PM
    Number of people who die in this country each year due to alcohol related incidents: 88,000
    Number of people worldwide who have died from marijuana since the beginning of time: 0

    ——-

    Eh, if you’re going to make it “related incidents” those numbers aren’t exactly going to hold up. But, point taken. Marijuana is definitely much safer as a whole

  195. starrfavrerodgers says: Apr 28, 2017 1:43 PM

    Either Goodell is incredibly uninformed, or he thinks the average NFL fan is.

    Let me put it to you this way: He thinks we are all too stupid realize this gigantic hypocrisy is a lie.

  196. dexterismyhero says: Apr 28, 2017 1:46 PM

    Not sure how he can say anything different since it is still illegal in most states. The NFLPA would have to really give something up for them to take it off the banned list. imho

    Thought it was pretty funny seeing the thumbs up at 4 and the thumbs down at 20 though on one comment!!!

  197. jkossrt says: Apr 28, 2017 1:47 PM

    FoozieGrooler says:
    Apr 28, 2017 1:20 PM
    Number of people who die in this country each year due to alcohol related incidents: 88,000
    Number of people worldwide who have died from marijuana since the beginning of time: 0

    _________________________________________

    Not true. I personally know of two of my friends that died from marijuana use.

  198. pinesrob says: Apr 28, 2017 1:55 PM

    From the league that shoveling Oxycodone & Hydrocodone to its players

  199. buckyhamm says: Apr 28, 2017 2:02 PM

    more LIES, thanks Roger.

    Ask a football player and he’ll tell you Football is addictive and unhealthy … geez.

  200. bullcharger says: Apr 28, 2017 2:02 PM

    barrywhererufrom says:
    Apr 28, 2017 10:00 AM
    Spot on. Keep on acting like weed does nothing to you. We all know those who can’t stop smoking and it is ruining their lives. Talk to a drug addiction specialist. Have one in my family. The dangers are their for your health and a new dependency on even more dangerous drugs. Stop looking to pop culture for your reasons to support smoking weed.

    —————

    You missed the whole point. It has already been legalized in many places. If you want to fight about that, its the wrong place. It’s not up to Roger to decide what a player should ingest as long as it is legal and not a PED.

  201. elwaysteeth says: Apr 28, 2017 2:09 PM

    OK Grandpa. Why do you think they call it dope?

  202. steeltroll says: Apr 28, 2017 2:15 PM

    I bet marijuana is less addictive and less harmful on health than playing football is for professional athletes.

  203. senorflippyflop says: Apr 28, 2017 2:17 PM

    Gotta protect all those alcohol sponsors and lets not forget big pharma since the nfl is prolly their biggest customer when it comes to pain killers. And you thought this was safety, haha.

  204. hippieway says: Apr 28, 2017 2:35 PM

    Pot will become legal, none of the social, scientific, legal or medical issues will matter. It will all come down to money and there is too much money being generated, where it’s currently legal, to overlook.

    Speaking of money, there is a case to be made that money can be more dangerous. I fear a large influx of money might have a less than positive effect on my life expectancy.

  205. deadontoilet says: Apr 28, 2017 2:40 PM

    I’ve defended Goodell in the past. I’ve argued that he’s a fine commissioner, doing what a commissioner is supposed to do (take heat off the owners, try to balance the needs of all sides of an argument, and so on).

    But this is just too much. Marijuana isn’t any more harmful than alcohol or tobacco. Why not ban those too? And I guarantee that the long-term health impact of marijuana use is a hell of a lot less damaging than the long-term health impact of playing football.

    And for the record, the latest, best science indicates that marijuana is addictive. About 9% of long-term users become addicted. That’s compared to 6% of long-term alcohol users, and almost 100% of long-term tobacco users.

  206. themikegun says: Apr 28, 2017 2:41 PM

    Marijuana is not addictive, been smoking it for years!!

  207. massconn72 says: Apr 28, 2017 2:45 PM

    What a complete moron!

  208. vusnu says: Apr 28, 2017 2:55 PM

    I am no fan of Goodell, but I’ll be damned if I’m gonna call the guy out for speaking against pot. Get real. That’s what he’s supposed to do.

  209. cheeseisfattening says: Apr 28, 2017 3:09 PM

    So is football. What’s your point Rodger?

  210. mball13 says: Apr 28, 2017 3:16 PM

    But handing out painkillers like they’re candy is better?! Listen, if Goodell said something like “in the legal bounds etc” maybe I could get this statement, but no way shape or form is marijuana any worse than painkillers. It’s one of the hardest addictions to kick that no one talks about. This guy is about as tone deaf as it gets

  211. qb19 says: Apr 28, 2017 3:24 PM

    And opiates aren’t addictive and are completely safe. This clown could be out of a job by the end of the season.

  212. psljax says: Apr 28, 2017 3:26 PM

    And balls lose psi when they get cold. Tell us something we don’t know.

  213. FinFan68 says: Apr 28, 2017 3:34 PM

    There are a bunch of strong opinions on both sides of this issue throughout the comments section…and most of them are either completely uninformed or they have intentionally disregarded any valid data from the other side.

    Goodell is doing his job. Just look closer and you should see he is opening a door for negotiations…but the players will need to give something up and ensure the league cannot be held financially responsible for potential future lawsuits, etc. All the bogus or valid bits of info on either side is completely irrelevant. The NFL cannot condone/allow use of a federally illegal substance. All they can do is just not test for it but still impose penalties when the stupid players are busted for it by the police. Not testing will cost the players something and they will need to somehow collectively give up the right for future lawsuits when somebody decides they want to try to squeeze the billion dollar businesses for their own personal poor decisions.

  214. In the Weeds says: Apr 28, 2017 3:46 PM

    Sez the commissioner over his glass of gin and codeine.
    Isn’t the NFL sponsored by Booze?
    Does anyone know when Roger Goodell will be crawling out of the Bronze Age?

  215. sillybillywillyrillyinphilly says: Apr 28, 2017 3:59 PM

    With pharmaceuticals, pharma is liable.

    With MJ, the sheild could be liable.

    Having done a ton of research on CBD over the last couple of years I can assure EVERYONE, CBD & MJ are significantly less dangerous and significantly less addictive than pills.

    But Budweiser is the sponsor of the draft, so maybe these guys should get lit like NYE before they drive home to help ease the pain.

    Oh, the hypcrosity .

  216. veddermn8 says: Apr 28, 2017 4:09 PM

    FinFan68 says:
    Apr 28, 2017 3:34 PM
    Not testing will cost the players something and they will need to somehow collectively give up the right for future lawsuits when somebody decides they want to try to squeeze the billion dollar businesses for their own personal poor decisions.

    =========

    Poor decisions like what, getting concussions?

  217. kevw17 says: Apr 28, 2017 4:54 PM

    Say what you want about marijuana for recreational use but this statement is simply false:

    “the growing body of evidence that marijuana can be used for medical reasons.”

    Most of that “growing body of evidence” is based on junk science. Marijuana’s health benefits are greatly exaggerated. It does not kill cancer cells, it does not relieve pain (it intensifies it) and it is not a very good sleep aid (it oftentimes has the opposite effect). It also has several major side effects such as erectile dysfunction and chronic lethargy.

    From someone who works in the healthcare industry, those are some bold statements. I’m guessing you have no data to back up your ridiculous statements.

  218. mmack66 says: Apr 28, 2017 5:53 PM

    In what possible manner could a player hold the NFL accountable for their marijuana use?

    The only reason that some of them use marijuana is to ameliorate some of the symptoms they have from years of playing football.

  219. FinFan68 says: Apr 28, 2017 8:05 PM

    vedrmn88, the first time I tried to post I mentioned stuff like players being aware of stuff like concussions, choosing to play for competition/fame/fortune, saying they would do it all over again and yet still suing the NFL anyway. When I retyped it I somehow left that part out. I am not equating the two things here. I was just using it as an example of the NFL being skeptical of future litigation. An extreme example could be a player that gets high and then injures himself severely and sues the NFL because they allowed smoking weed which they should have known could have put forth an increased safety risk but did nothing about it…

  220. revelation123 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:09 PM

    What an ignorant comment. Alcohol and prescription pain killers are more addictive and more unhealthy than cannabis is.

    Not only that, studies have shown that cannabis can help people recover from concussions…

    If Goodell was truly concerned about player health, he would be advocating medical marijuana for his players, not trashing it.

  221. joenash72 says: Apr 29, 2017 12:12 PM

    The NFL is addictive and unhealthy. 😉

  222. stukamann says: Apr 29, 2017 12:20 PM

    Most people know that marijuana is a drug and any drug can be bad for your health if it is abused, We all know that introducing smoke into your lungs is unhealthy be it tobacco, crack or weed, but they can make it in drops, salves, oils or even pills, they can even take out the elements that get you high.
    Even though I have smoked it on and off for the last 35 years I never believed any of that BS about marijuana not being a health risk, even when I was a teenager when I wanted to believe it.
    Who believes that any drug be it caffeine, alcohol or marijuana is healthy or at least not a health risk?
    Common sense should tell anyone that anything you smoke is unhealthy and can cause lung disease but now a days they can do so much more with it, you don’t have to smoke it anymore, there is always a risk with any drug and I am sure weed is the most abused drug even when it is prescribed by a doctor, I am sure patients smoke more than they should because of the lax mind set about the dangers.
    I think it should be legal, while the health risks are there the amount of prison space, court cases and the amount of time police spend on busting people for simple possession is a huge waste of recourses.

  223. daneraider1 says: Apr 30, 2017 6:21 AM

    He’s reflecting a position set up by guys who’s average age is 106. Of course he thinks its addictive and it is……..in the same way that your favorite restaurant is addictive or the way your favorite sport is.

  224. stevejjones says: Apr 30, 2017 9:18 AM

    There was an 80s PSA that summed it up very well, “Users are losers. And losers don’t win. So don’t use drugs. Don’t use drugs!” Or something.

  225. jjsooner says: Apr 30, 2017 10:29 AM

    This commissioner needs to stop acting like someone told him he could offer an opinion on anything. Roger, you take care of policing players who abuse women and children and society will take care of the rest of real life stuff.
    A. Its not addictive.
    B. It helps a variety illness conditions.
    C. You have no business telling players what they
    can and can’t do in the off-season.
    D. You could probably use a joint to calm the phuck down.

  226. veddermn8 says: May 1, 2017 9:34 AM

    FinFan68 says:
    Apr 28, 2017 8:05 PM

    vedrmn88, the first time I tried to post I mentioned stuff like players being aware of stuff like concussions, choosing to play for competition/fame/fortune, saying they would do it all over again and yet still suing the NFL anyway. When I retyped it I somehow left that part out. I am not equating the two things here. I was just using it as an example of the NFL being skeptical of future litigation. An extreme example could be a player that gets high and then injures himself severely and sues the NFL because they allowed smoking weed which they should have known could have put forth an increased safety risk but did nothing about it…

    ===========

    I think the NFL ran into problems with concussions because they refused to acknowledge it and actively tried to suppress new information that was coming out. And as far as players playing or practicing stoned and getting injured, I think that would be a hard argument for them to make. Being intoxicated while working doesn’t fall on the employers normally for things like alcohol, which is not tested for, so I don’t think it would hold up for marijuana

  227. patsrthegreatest says: May 1, 2017 2:10 PM

    Why not edibles or vaporizing…everyone knows smoking is bad, plenty of healthier methods to consume the product

  228. drunkraider says: May 1, 2017 2:35 PM

    when your in the NFL you can eat all the oxy’s and vicodines you want for pain.( people die from these pills every day )

    but dont you dare smoke that devils lettuce ! ( nobody dies from this )

  229. factpurveyor says: May 1, 2017 7:06 PM

    Seems like someone was high when the decision was made to punish a team and a QB for what cold weather does to footballs.

    That’s the only plausible explanation for why someone would ignore the numerous scientists who all stated that the weather explained the drop in PSI.

    Someone that wasn’t high should have at least been able to test the theory. Or just watch the videos made by those that performed the tests. One video can be found on the popular online video site. Just search for “DEFLATE GATE & WHY SCIENCE SAYS THE PATRIOTS DID NOT TAMPER WITH FOOTBALLS”

    Seems like the person has a clear head now since they seem to understand that they need to hide the PSI information that was collected during the 2015 season. They need to keep that PSI information secret or else see their cheating fraud of rigging games get exposed.

    Even the most gullible dupes would understand that a team was cheated when the league stole draft picks and forced a player to miss 25% of the 2016 season if the NFL demonstrated transparency and released that information. Until that PSI information is released it is obvious that integrity is not important to the NFL.

  230. rukkus1 says: May 2, 2017 1:41 AM

    Roger is right guys.

    I smoked the reefer once. Next thing I know, I grew hair on my eyeballs, beat my wife, injected heroin, diagnosed with stage 9 cancer, too lazy for my heart to pump blood so I’m gonna die. Not to mention, i fell out of step with the social norm.

    I’ve never been the same thanks to the devils lettuce

  231. j0esixpack says: May 2, 2017 7:36 AM

    Roger also thinks the Laws of Physics stop working on a football field – so I’m not sure anyone should put any stock in what he says.

  232. unionjack1776 says: May 2, 2017 1:36 PM

    And the NFL is losing fans faster than the cable companies are losing subscribers. That’s what happens when you don’t take care of business and let festering wounds continue to spread infection (NE).

  233. mmack66 says: May 2, 2017 2:47 PM

    unionjack1776 says:
    May 2, 2017 1:36 PM

    And the NFL is losing fans faster than the cable companies are losing subscribers. That’s what happens when you don’t take care of business and let festering wounds continue to spread infection (NE).
    ————————–

    If the NFL is losing fans, it is due to the complete incompetence of the league office, and not the perennial success of the New England Patriots.

    Sooner or later, the bozos at 345 Park Avenue will figure out that fabricating scandals against the Patriots doesn’t create parity.

  234. mmack66 says: May 2, 2017 4:02 PM

    veddermn8 says:
    May 1, 2017 9:34 AM

    And as far as players playing or practicing stoned and getting injured, I think that would be a hard argument for them to make. Being intoxicated while working doesn’t fall on the employers normally for things like alcohol, which is not tested for, so I don’t think it would hold up for marijuana
    ———————-

    If the NFL actually showed that it took player safety seriously, or cared about negative consequences of the way injuries and pain are treated now, Goodell would look less like the lying idiot we all know he is.

    Everyone knows that the Concussion Protocol is a joke, and you can be sure that a lot of players are pumped full of opioids in order to mask the pain enough so they can still play on Sunday, Monday, and/or Thursday.

  235. norrismen17 says: May 2, 2017 10:23 PM

    Its actually still illegal by Federal Law as well. Not that I care one way or the other on the issue. Just a fact that everyone ignores.

  236. omeimontis says: May 3, 2017 5:52 PM

    Pain is part of the game. Allowing use of marijuana to treat pain means any player can justify using it. The league can get into trouble with the Federal government if it allows an illegal drug to be used by players.

  237. 1910nuffsaid says: May 5, 2017 12:54 AM

    I find it hard to believe that I am saying this but I agree with Rog on this one.

    As someone who smoked for 17 years I can promise you it is addictive. When I quit drinking, it was rough couple weeks wanted a beer. Quit taking pills rougher took forever to stop the withdrawals. But to stop smoking (marijuana) oh my god it was hell. 14 years later I still want to get high.

    There are 2 types of people who say it is not addictive, those who smoke and have never tried to quit. And those who have never smoked and believe the people who still smoke.

  238. jfbowman says: May 5, 2017 11:33 AM

    First time Goodell has gotten one right in recent years.

  239. joenash72 says: May 5, 2017 5:52 PM

    Just another mistake by Goodell in recent years.

  240. joenash72 says: May 5, 2017 5:55 PM

    SMOKE WEED EVERYDAY 😉

  241. jsrdc says: May 5, 2017 8:29 PM

    “Is it something that can be negative to the health of our players? Listen, you’re ingesting smoke, so that’s not usually a very positive thing that people would say. It does have addictive nature. There are a lot of compounds in marijuana that may not be healthy for the players long-term.

    Goodell will try to pigeonhole marijuana as harmful, but he will deny that CTE is caused by playing football? And Roger, people don’t “ingest” smoke – it is inhaled, Einstein. You really need to roll one up and chill out.

    Cannabis’ relationship to each individual is unique, and you cannot paint it with a broad brush (as a naturally occurring plant) as addictive in relation to those laboratory made drugs (that are acceptable for pain control, yet highly addictive and have multiple side effects) that are absolutely addictive, and are known to ruin lives (yet the pharmaceutical makers get a pass, and those who are addicted are considered the real criminals?)

    Secondly, there are plenty of vape and ingestibles that are available as alternatives to smoking it. Please get up to speed on an argument, Roger. Your weak attempt to paint marijuana as an absolute negative makes you look even that more inept. Marijuana will not get a fair shake when the lingering effects of reefer madness are imprinted in the collective psyche. With that said, marijuana’s time has come.

    $40 million a year (fan’s $) for a buffoon who is despised by the majority of the fans who pay his salary.

    The NFLPA will start to push this issue, and I believe within the next few years, there won’t be players suspended for full seasons who choose to utilize this beneficial substance for pain from playing this brutal sport.

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