Pete Carroll, Michael Robinson think NFL should look into medical benefits of pot


Last week, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that the league could change its position on marijuana use by players if medical studies determine that its use can help players dealing with concussions.

Plenty of players and others already use it to help manage pain, illicitly or with a prescription in an area where medical marijuana is legal, and it has been a popular topic of questions for both the Broncos and the Seahawks after they made their way from the only two states where recreational use is legal to the Super Bowl.

Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton said that he thinks it might be helpful from a medicinal point of view, but also sees the potential for abuse and is something he’ll avoid unless and until there’s a change in the rules. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll agrees with Goodell that the league needs to follow the lead of the medical community in order to find ways to take the best care of players.

“We have to continue to explore and compete to find ways that are going to make our game a better game and take care of our players in the best way possible,” Carroll said. “The fact that it’s in the world of medicine is obviously something the Commissioner realizes and him making the expression that we need to follow the information and the research absolutely I’m in support of. Regardless of what other stigmas may be involved, I think we have to do this because the world of medicine is trying to do the exact same thing and figure it out and they’re coming to some conclusions.”

Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson is also a supporter, a view which may be informed by his experiences this season. Robinson suffered from kidney and liver failure due to a bad reaction to a prescription anti-inflammatory, missed much of the season while recovering and thinks that looking into alternative treatment options is a must for the league and the players.

“I think anything that can make our job a little easier without sacrificing our health at the same time is good for the league, it’s good for players,” Robinson said. “I’m all for alternative forms of recovery and all those types of things – hyperbaric chambers, o-zoning, whatever it may be. So, I’m all for it. Whatever can help the player, I’m for.”

Removing marijuana from the list of banned substances would be made easier by widespread changes to laws in states and at the federal level, a process that probably won’t be a particularly quick one. The same can be true of medical research as well, which may mean that things remain in the conversation stage a little longer when it comes to changing league polices in this area.

31 responses to “Pete Carroll, Michael Robinson think NFL should look into medical benefits of pot

  1. Most of those players accused of taking Adderall probably got busted for pot. It’s legal in Washington, can’t tell me they don’t use.

  2. Stop saying Federal laws make it hard for the NFL to remove pot from the banned substance list.

    The NFL can easily just change the concentration that it tests for.

    They can basically make it such that if you arent high at the time of the test then you pass the test.

  3. Not really a smoker, but I can totally understand why NFL players would be very interested in marijuana to ease those post-sunday aches and pains.

    They are so beat up after Sundays, they typically try anything and everything legal (and sometimes not) to get better in time for the next game.

  4. Half the league already medicates in the offseason. It’s almost impossible to get caught if you’re not on the watch list the test date ironically is April 20 (420) after that date no one else is tested that year. Only folks who got busted for something are put on the random test list.

  5. Frankly, given the evidence of wide spread use by the players and these 2 states legalization of pot we could be seeing the beginning of a lengthy period were both these teams are SB contenders. Do I need to state the obvious?

  6. Pete also would like for the NFL to allow PED’s that way his team can actually complete a season with no suspensions. Good luck with both of those.

  7. I think that where it is legal they should be allowed to use it.

    Alcohol has the ability to cause more problems and has less medical rewards. It is both legal and allowed in the NFL.

    If it were legalized, the suspensions in the NFL would go down significantly.

    And it really isn’t performance enhancing.

  8. Pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies seem to have huge political influence over everything. Thanks to lobbyists who get paid to bull**** from these very companies. It’s unfortunate that it’s 2014 and it’s still up for debate. Yes this is a step in the right direction but damn like joe rogan has said (in a nutshell) if you were a space alien and saw what people are like with alcohol or weed, you’d exterminate the alcoholics. There’s so many drugs out there that are eastern medicine turned into western medicine aka it can be turned into profit and guess what the weed gets legal then a lot of companies will lose a lot of money. As small as a simple headache.

    And no I’m not some dirty hippy. I’m a short Italian on the verge of 30 who runs slow.

  9. dlw492 says:
    Jan 28, 2014 7:14 AM
    Most of those players accused of taking Adderall probably got busted for pot. It’s legal in Washington, can’t tell me they don’t use.

    Not true, that is a substance abuse fine. The NFL does not disclose what you failed the test for, so the player can say anything they want and most just say adderall. Truth be told, its for P*D’s, just much higher levels. Everyone is on P*D’s in the NFL and they allow for elevated testosterone during tests. They only bust the people that have substantially higher levels, like Sherman.

  10. Steelers fans are funny. Their ex-players admit they won their SB due to rampant steroid use and now they’re holier than thou. Heck, half the team gave their lives for those trophies.

    That and the empty stadium must make you proud.

  11. Pete Carroll also believes the government was behind 9-11.

    That’s the downside of smoking too much weed and I thought the NFL was trying to limit brain damage, not encourage it.

  12. I love watching the pot debate. You have the liberals wanting to legalize it just for the tax revenue, the Libertarians wanting to legalize everything as a way to reduce the prison population, and the conservatives swearing to God that the legalization of anything will completely wipe out the human popuation in a matter of days.

    My stance? We tried outlawing one “sin” (alcohol) and that not only did nothing to reduce consumption, it directly led to the creation of the mafia. The contnued ban on all the other drugs has done little to reduce consumption, has led to gang wars, and has sent billions of dollars from America to Mexico, Peru and other nations. So I am firmly in the Libertarian camp. Legalize it all and if people want to destroy themselves, let them; it’s their lives and their choice.

  13. I kind of agree with this but to play devils advocate-you already have tons of players abusing drugs and medications that arent legal. What happens if you make pot legal? You will have players showing up to practice and games stoned and the quality of the game would go down quite a bit IMO.

  14. I’m all for legalizing it even though I don’t touch the stuff. But do me a favor, stop calling it cannabis. I don’t where the popularity of this pretentious word came from to make weed sound classy but please stop. For the last 40 years I’ve heard that plant called marijuana weed pot grass etc . Get this cannabis garbage out if here

  15. This will make the quality of play improve. Let’s make is like the NBA was in the 70s when players were stoned for games. That was the best era in basketball history.

  16. Wonder how many here who are suddenly anti-pot (because a Seahawk came out for it), have no inhibitions about polluting and deteriorating their own bodies with nicotine (one of the recognized “most addictive” drugs)?

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