Report: Mike Adams tested positive for pot at Scouting Combine

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It looks like Commissioner Roger Goodell needs to send out yet another memo.

Two weeks after the leak of LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne’s Wonderlic score prompted Goodell to remind all 32 teams that “certain information obtained during preparations for the Draft, including personal and family details, results of drug tests, scores on the Wonderlic test, and the like, are strictly confidential for club use only and are not to be disseminated publicly under any circumstances,” the TV network/website owned by the NFL has aided and abetted a violation of the terms of that very memo.

Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports that Ohio State offensive lineman Mike Adams tested positive for marijuana at the Scouting Combine.

Adams, as La Canfora explains it, didn’t know about the positive result when meeting with teams at the Scouting Combine.  Obviously, Adams wouldn’t have known; the results aren’t made available until well after the players have left Indy.

But Adams surely knew that he’d smoked marijuana, and if anything he said to teams about marijuana use during Combine interviews was later contradicted by the positive test result, that could be viewed as a far more significant problem than the positive test result.

Teams generally don’t care about marijuana use.  They care about whether, if forced to choose between football and marijuana, the player will choose football.  Most do, providing clean samples during the repeated unannounced tests performed until the player graduates from the substance-abuse program.  But some, like former NFL running back Onterrio Smith, can’t quit smoking.  And as a result they have to quit playing.  And the team that drafted a player who ultimately can’t play ends up holding accountable the people who drafted him.

Making a positive test at the Scouting Combine an even larger red flag is the fact that the players know they’re going to be tested.  Thus, as many league sources have told PFT over the years, anyone who tests positive at the Combine either has an addiction, or is incredibly dumb.

Meanwhile, it remains to be seen how the NFL will deal with the fact that the news-gathering entity it owns is inducing league sources to violate the confidentiality of the pre-draft process.  Last week, Albert Breer of NFL Network reported that cornerback Janoris Jenkins admitted to three teams during pre-draft interviews that he smoked marijuana at North Alabama.

Whatever Goodell does in response to these reports, it would be fitting for the memo to be dated Friday, April 20.

84 responses to “Report: Mike Adams tested positive for pot at Scouting Combine

  1. Apparantly guys coming into the league have talent and money to burn. Sad to be so young and so foolish when you haven’t done anything in the league yet. Bad choices lead to bad outcomes.

  2. Excuse me for getting slightly off topic but, when kids from the burbs or rich kids do drugs, we all go ahhh and our level of sympathy is magnified. (See comment on post about Jet’s Erik Ainge, Eric Kramers son and even the FIRST drug arrest of Ryan Leaf). But when we hear drugs and inner-city kid, it’s a scourge on society, everything and everyone involved are some lawless, lazy, belligerent people who are not worthy of drawing a breath…

    The problems of an inner-city kid is just as poignant and deserving of empathy as those of a suburban kid from a stable family who despite leading a “good Life”, has slipped into the abyss of drugs…Purple Drank anyone?

  3. Another budding rocket scientist who must’ve forgot they drug test at the combine.

  4. So What?!?! OMG he smokes pot, clearly he doesn’t know how to football because how could he possibly remember all the plays?

    OMG don’t draft him he’ll just sit in his room smoking pot all day because it makes you lazy.

    I’m pretty sure anyone that actually thinks that teams care about a player smoking pot is probably on some themselves.

  5. OMG what an idiot. Is pot really so important that Adams would smoke some and then think he can “beat” the drug test?

    I am sure he was trying trying to “keep it real” with his “homies” and didn’t want to “diss” them by refusing to smoke dope with them lest they be “offended”

    I really thought Mike Adams was smarter than this.

  6. I’ll give an argument for both sides. Marijuana is widely smoke through out the world and you don’t hear about stoned people driving and killing getting into bar fights ect. And yet alcohol is still allowed to be used by anyone. On the other hand marijuana is illegal for what ever reason. And thus outlawed by any major corporation. And don’t give me the it’s a gateway drug excuse. I’ve snorted more cocaine while I’ve been drinking than I ever did while stoned

  7. “if anything he said to teams about marijuana use during Combine interviews was later contradicted by the positive test result, that could be viewed as a far more significant problem than the positive test result.”

    Everyone who drinks beer is not an alcoholic and everyone who may have a positive test for marijuana is not a drug addict. The problem is the draconian laws in the US not whether Adams smoked a little pot at some party without even thinking about it. Of course, there’s nothing like a good old tabloid story to get the news organizations salivating like Pavlov’s dog. If it was legal they would have to prove it is performance enhancing which it is not.

  8. You can’t tell a person who makes a living off juicy stories…to hide juicy stories. It’s going to come out eventually. Whether it’s now or later. People, by nature, can’t keep their mouth shut.

  9. Wow! 2 red flags here…

    1. How dumb is Adams to not give the pot a rest to have a clean test at the combine.

    2. Why do these yahoos at NFL Network keep talking? Why doesn’t Goodell slap them around a little?

  10. “anyone who tests positive at the Combine either has an addiction, or is incredibly dumb”

    You cannot become physically addicted to marijuana. One of the requirements to meet the medical community’s definition of “addiction” is that there be a physical withdrawal symptom – such as delerium tremens in alcoholics, cold sweat, tremors, and diarrhea in heroin addicts, or even that minor headache javaheads get when they miss their morning cup of joe. Ending the use of marijuana produces no noticeable, categorized withdrawal symptoms, therefore it is not addictive.

    It is possible to be psychologically dependent on marijuana, but you cannot get physically addicted to it, as you can with alcohol, heroin, cocaine, meth, barbituates, oxycontin, or even caffeine.

  11. These types of things are ALWAYS going to come out. Why not just make them public knowledge. Tell them that if they take the drug test, wonderlick, etc that the results will be public.

    There no more secrecy which ends up coming out anyway.

  12. Seriously, what type player does drug around the combine? No matter how talented, I wouldn’t touch such a player who doesn’t understand this basic situation.
    GM of detroit linings.

  13. How come we never seem to hear anything good about a guy that should be a first round pick? If it’s not one thing, it’s another.

  14. The governement lies ! Marijuana is non-toxic, non-addictive, zero deaths a year are related to marijuana use, alcohol has 85k deaths annually. They should be looking for alcohol in these young students systems … marijuana is a non-issue, non-story, thanks pft.

  15. With the $ and future in their hands they light up, knowing it will likely be detected…..Stupid.

  16. “Making a positive test at the Scouting Combine an even larger red flag is the fact that the players know they’re going to be tested. Thus, as many league sources have told PFT over the years, anyone who tests positive at the Combine either has an addiction, or is incredibly dumb.”

    The real point of the story…

  17. “…anyone who tests positive at the Combine either has an addiction, or is incredibly dumb.”

    I’m going to go out on a limb with “incredibly dumb.”

  18. I know ppl will say “it’s just pot” but the facts are these:

    Pot is illegal
    Pot affects judgement
    Pot is addictive but the first time you use it, it is by CHOICE

    Adams has no excuse whatsoever. He has been educated and knows that its wrong but he choice to break the law anyway. I hope Adams drops in the draft b/c he could be a suspension waiting to happen.

  19. If you’re an NFL gm and you are really “high” on a kid, it makes sense to release damaging information on him to hurt his stock to ensure he falls to you, I wouldn’t be surprised that this happens frequently.

  20. Most important time of your life as a college football player wanting to make the pro game and he has that in his system? Priorities…

  21. Well Mr. Adams, looks like we will be seeing you taken on Friday rather than thursday next week. Just cost yourself at least a mil. Nice job.

  22. Waiting to see what the dictator I mean the commissioner is going to do about the Jason La Canfora (nflnw employee) leaking the story maybe they should have all of their employees sign or initial memos

  23. Come on people….college and pot go together like peanut butter and jelly. Some of you need to get off your high horse and be a little more realistic. All of us have partied and made mistakes in our younger years….it’s not like he tested positive for meth or cocaine…then i would be calling him a dumb arse!

  24. Well for one he is a dummy for costing himself a decent amount of cash. I mean you surely can burn post combine pal. But the rest of the “dope” haters. Why dont you pack a bong and relax. Its a plant people. Get over it.

  25. in my opinion ur a dumb a$$ when u spend ur life working up to this moment knowing ur about to embark on the interview u’ve been dreaming of and most never will attain and u cannot resist the temptation even just a micro of the time it took to get there.
    losing one 0(zero) off a contract is alot of $$$ and automatically enrolled in the league drug program is the result.

  26. Wow, a lot of political discussion about the pros and cons of Marijuana. I thought Florio was trying to point out how this information that is supposed to be kept confidential keeps being reported. And now the NFL’s own Network is violating the edict passed down by King Roger. We shouldn’t know about who did what or made “X” score on the Wonderlic. Yet the information continues to be leaked as a strategic move. Some team is attempting to influence the draft and have this guy drop a few extra slots to them.

  27. Trollhammer

    Puttin the Hammer down, that is the truth! Dude, is all Thad Castle does is drink and do drugs, but he’s still a beast! Namaste…

  28. Not yet convinced that this magic plant can actually enhance and improve human abilities? Here are just a few of the many highly motivated athletes whose drug of choice is cannabis/marijuana:

    * Usain Bolt, the 2008 World Record holder of the 100 and 200 meter sprint.

    * Michael Phelps, the most decorated swimmer ever with 14 Olympic gold medals.

    * Tim Linecum, the National League baseball’s Cy Young Award winner for 2009.

    * Santonio Holmes, the Super Bowl XLII’s MVP.

    * Mark Stepnoski, two-time Super Bowl champion. “I’d rather smoke than take painkillers.”

    * Randy Moss, NFL single season touchdown reception record (23, set in 2007), and the NFL single-season touchdown reception record for a rookie (17, in 1998). Moss has founded, and financed many charitable endeavors including the the Links for Learning foundation, formed in 2008.

    * Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leader in points scored (38,387), games played, minutes played, field goals made, field goal attempts, blocked shots and defensive rebounds. During his career with the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers from 1969 to 1989, Abdul-Jabbar won six NBA championships and a record six regular season MVP Awards. He has a prescription to smoke marijuana in California, which he says he uses to control nausea and migraine headaches. He has been arrested twice for marijuana possession.

    * “I just let him know that most of the players in the league use marijuana and I have and do partake in smoking weed in the offseason” – Josh Howard, forward for the Dallas Mavericks. Howard admitted to smoking marijuana on Michel Irvin’s ESPN show.

    * “You got guys out there playing high every night. You got 60% of your league on marijuana. What can you do?” – Charles Oakley (Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets)

    * “I personally know boxers, body builders, cyclists, runners and athletes from all walks of life that train and compete with the assistance of marijuana,” – WWE wrestler Rob Van Dam

    * Some of the best cricket players of all time, like Phil Tufnell and Sir Ian Botham, have admitted to regularly using marijuana to deal with stress and muscle aches. In 2001, half of South Africa’s cricket team was caught smoking marijuana with the team physiotherapist. They were celebrating a championship victory in the Caribbean.

    * Arnold Arnold Schwarzenegger is seen smoking a blunt in the documentary Pumping Iron right after winning another Mr. Universe.

    * Not to mention ALL these elite talents smoking,

    Maybe all the regular people should START not the special people stopping.

  29. Wait a minute… An Ohio State player did something dumb? HOW IN THE WORLD DID THIS EVER HAPPEN?????????????

    (sarcasm off)

    I’m with Jim Rome on this. What is it with athletes and pot? Steroids, I understand the premise – bigger, stronger, quicker injury recovery, a competitive advantage. But pot? How do you get a competitive edge taking something that makes you want to melt into the couch and crush Cheetos and Twinkies?

  30. If he did no one should use a first-round pick on him!!! Just judge him by his tape and let him slide!!!!

    After this I personally feel that he will go in the third round!!!

  31. Lions fan here….I hope we take him off our board. We have enough pot heads already. I mean, if he couldn’t stop long enough to pass the combine test, he is an addict.

    Yes, I agree – legalize it. But until then, it is illegal and banned by the NFL. I’d like whomever we draft to actually play for us. We’ve had enough of Charles Rogers.

  32. Im all about smoking pot. i mean im ALL about smoking it. But, one has to question the values of someone who doesnt want to take their job seriously.

    Pay me millions and ill quit. Especially to play a game.

  33. OH NO! NOT POT! That evil, evil plant. What was God thinking when he decided to let that evil plant flourish on this planet? When are people going to get real about this issue? The fact that we still treat this as a serious, career threatening offense is beyond retarted! So the guy smoked some weed… long as he doesn’t show up to work high then who gives a rats a$$. Football players, of all people, should be required to smoke pot. Or are pills and injections better??

  34. Lol watch the documentary called The Union. After you see that, anyone who had a hate on for pot is just another puppet.
    FYI cigarettes WILL kill approximately 500,000 Americans this year.
    Alcohol will kill 2,500,000 people world wide this year.

    Marijuana will kill ZERO, NONE, NOT 1 person.

    However, it will HELP thousands of people with hundreds of painful debilitating terminal illnesses.

    Start making your OWN opinions and not just what the government says.

  35. I agree pot is addictive, just as alcohol is.
    -Are there alcoholics in the NFL? Of course there are. -Are there players that have a few beers only on their off days? Of course there are.
    -Are there players in the NFL addicted to pot? Of course there are.
    -Are there players that toke a bit only on there days off? Of course there are.
    -Does both pot and alcohol affect judgement? Of course they do when you are under the influence.

    But people think it is acceptable to drink alcohol on those off days (and maybe even on game days), but yet they believe it is just an all out terrible thing to smoke weed on an off day??? Sure smoking weed is illegal, but to just flat out categorize all weed use as detrimental to play and training and character is just not right. I believe the “off day” smoker is no different than the “off day” drinker.

    I also believe drinking alcohol, which leads to hangovers and dehydration, does more to hamper a players training than an occasional “off day” buzz.

    Why single out pot use but not dig into alcohol use by players? Same difference……no?

  36. Wow. The dopers & race-baiters doth protest too much. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with weed, that’s the reason for all the ultra defensive comments from all you knuckhead stoners, right? If you’ll put down your pipes & roaches for just a minute & read through the article again, you’ll see Florio doesn’t condemn marijuana usage. Whether or not it’s ultimately good or bad for you isn’t even the point of the article. It’s illegal, friends & neighbors. As such, NFL teams rightly don’t want their team image associated with it. That’s THEIR choice. Noone is saying Mike Adams can’t do what he wants to do on his own time, he just won’t be eligible for the big money that obviously isn’t as important to him as the weed. Think about that for a moment all you marijuana apologists out there-Adams KNEW he was going to be tested, KNEW he would test positive, & KNEW it could likely cost him millions of dollars in unrealized earning over the length of his (now in doubt) NFL career….hmmm…. almost sounds like compulsive, if not ADDICTIVE behavior, huh? Nobody to blame but himself. Either way- stupidity is colorblind, just like addiction.

  37. Addicted to it? No you idiot. If a player like him knows he’s gonna get drafted why would he stop smoking weed? There’s no punishment for testing positive for it at the combine. Like look at Christian Ballard last year. He tested positive but still got drafted. If its such a big deal, which it really isn’t, then kick them out for testing positive. Guarantee you’ll have less players testing positive after that. P.S mike florio is an idiot. Just wanted everyone including him to know

  38. Holy smokes! No pun intended, but is anyone really surprised that a 22 year old does what 22 year olds do? Wow. Next thing you’re going top tell us that he drinks beer and has premarital sex. In other news, water is wet, the sky is blue, and kirstie alley has a blow hole.

  39. If you are going to state “pot is addictive” as a fact, then I am going to need citations.

    Otherwise it is just plain stupidity.

  40. Regardless of whether weed should be legalized (it should!), it’s still against the law. The scouts are 100% correct. Any player who fails the test at the Combine, which is a job interview and/or lies about it during individual interviews with teams is incredibly stupid. Absolutely, this is a major red flag to their character and mental ability to follow simple laws and rules.

  41. I don’t even smoke it, but seriously, just legalize it. It’s no more dangerous than smoking a cigarette/cigar and drinking, and I’m tired of everyone acting like it’s a scandal that someone smokes weed. It’s only a scandal because it’s illegal — there’s nothing innately scandalous about it.

  42. While I obviously see your point that there is something wrong when the NFL Network is inducing sources to divulge information that the NFL does not want published, I think it would be an ever bigger mistake for the NFL to police the network and impose restrictions on it that other networks/newspapers would not have to put up with. NFL Network is head and shoulders above the rest- its reporting and analysis puts ESPN to shame. If there is anything that will put the kibosh on its status as the best NFL-related source of information, it would be any restrictions of any kinds that comes as a result of the NFL owning the network.

  43. Why should they have to choose between marijuana and football? You don’t have to choose between football and alcohol. If they don’t care then just don’t test for it. Why can’t a guy smoke some weed during the week to do deal with aches and pains instead of taking narcotic painkillers?

  44. Here is the point folks who need it spelled out:

    He benched like 19 reps at combine, pathetic for a 300+ guy-indicative of work or lack thereof in weight room;

    He is hanging with some douchers at OSU(sorry, I know);

    He knows combine coming up and is still smoking it, so is he committed and serious?

    Has he worked his tail off to be the best he can be, or is smoking drugs?

    He traded in ring for tats;

    He is a low achiever for his size and the future will show he is not a strong player, but more of a settler for average player.

  45. Got NETFLIX?

    WATCH the documentary THE UNION !!!!

    THEN you will see how CRAZY it is that marijuana illegal!

    Marijuana can actually SAVE THE US ECONOMY!!!

  46. Jesus Christ you people just do not get it.

    Marijuana is AGAINST the law.

    He broke the law. We are a nation of laws, or at least we used to be until Obama got into office.

    I take it that most of you fully advocate the use of illegal drugs and breaking the law.

  47. mungman69 says: Apr 19, 2012 2:21 PM

    Didn’t they legalize pot in 1969?
    LOL….yeah, it was somewhere around then, like maybe 69-73……my memory is a bit fuzzy on that.

  48. Yes it is illegal do I think it should be ? No. As a marijuana friendly I believe in it for medical and recreational purposes. I believe in it for insomnia and anxiety and after a long week at work. That being said it is illegal and what is troubling about this kid is that he knew he would get tested at the combine, all he had to do,depending on how often he burns, is not smoke for 20 days max(30 dAy rule is a myth more geared toward daily multiple year smokerand if u smoke one time it’s in a few days, he couldn’t even do that. Lack of self control and shows impulsiveness. Hey dummy u coulda quit for 3 weeks went to the combine the. Afterwards celebrated your bad bench press w a fat one!

  49. Folks, these stories are not about racism, elitism or media bias. They are not even specifically about the law or whether or not pot should be legal. It’s about logic, wisdom, common sense and, ultimately, money. The NFL draft process is like picking investment opportunities and the players are commodities that may either increase, decrease or maintain a particular value. Players who are most likely to learn a system, maximize their skill set, stay healthy and in prime shape and avoid trouble with the law/league rules will be rewarded with big money and the chance of a lifetime. Guys who smoke pot before a combine or during the offseason are not demonstrating a commitment to increasing their skill set, staying healthy and in optimal shape or avoiding trouble and they aren’t showing much cerebral power, either. There is no god given right to an opportunity to take advantage of god given talent and knowingly wasting such rare opportunities is simply indefensible.

  50. “Marijuana is AGAINST the law.”

    So is jaywalking. It’s against the law, but most people could care less about it. Other than enabling the laziness of some people, you don’t hear about crazy potheads out being the scourge of society committing crimes all high like you do with crack and meth heads.

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