Giants let Eugene Monroe know his weed advocacy is cool with them

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The Ravens are now referring to Eugene Monroe’s release as strictly a football decision.

But one of the teams which would like to hire the former Ravens left tackle is making it clear they have no problem with his advocacy for medical marijuana.

Giants rookie coach Ben McAdoo said he’s all for players expressing their own beliefs, even if they happen to be controversial.

I think everyone’s entitled to their own opinion,” McAdoo said, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. “Myself, I haven’t done any research. I don’t have a great answer for you there. That’s probably more of a political question, something that I’m not necessarily willing to jump into at this point — or ever. But every player, every coach, every person has their own opinion and is entitled to it.”

The Giants are interested in bringing Monroe in, as they’ve been looking for help at right tackle all offseason. But the latest report suggests that Monroe might take his time to find a new team, preferring to stay on the left.

Giants running back Rashad Jennings — who played with Monroe in Jacksonville — echoed those sentiments, and said he thought Monroe would be a great teammate.

“We’re humans. Everybody has an opinion,” Jennings said. “Every single person up here with a mic has an opinion on anything that I’m saying, so it could be held against me. But that’s why you speak what’s true and authentic to you. And if he feels that he needed to say that at this time in his life and he felt it was going to garnish a type of response and changes, then go for it, man.

“It shouldn’t affect his game play, how he carries himself. [He’s a] great dude, stays out of trouble, clean guy, works really hard. So I hope no G.M .or organization will hold that against him for speaking his opinion.”

While it seemed that one had — at least until it didn’t — the Giants don’t seem to have a problem with it.

18 responses to “Giants let Eugene Monroe know his weed advocacy is cool with them

  1. Man he doesn’t want to go to the Giants shows how much people think of this team. Sure he’d have to play RT, but I bet he could get decent money for playing there.

  2. A player should be able to say whatever he wants about it as long as he doesn’t smoke it while employed by the NFL

  3. xavier179: Really? they had a good to great offseason of free agent pickups, they had a good to great draft. And somehow you think that they are imploding? you must be either a philly fan or a cowgirls fan..

  4. You morons commenting above do realize that being an advocate for something doesn’t mean you actually DO the activity you are advocating? I’m sure there’s plenty of men out there who lean toward the “pro-choice” side of the abortion debate, but are the dudes going and getting abortions?

  5. THEN LET HIM PLAY LT….Flowers was supposed to be the RT anyway, and is apparently better suited over on that side….move Bobby Hart into RG slot and you have: Monroe-Pugh-Richburgh-Hart-Flowers and all fairly young, with Monroe being the most experienced.

  6. The NFL should have never included marijuana on their banned substances list. It seemed like an easy win at the time, a way to say “hey look, we care about having good guys on the field, we are going to ban marijuana use.” In the political climate of the time, it was an easy way to show they were “tough on crime” or “criminals” or whatever.

    Things have changed since then, a lot. Substantially fewer people care about marijuana use, and very few people still equate it with the kind of criminality that has plagued the NFL’s image in the last two decades.

    So now the NFL is stuck with a useless policy that seems to be punitive to, um, players in their league with, uh, certain backgrounds. Not that they are more likely to use it, but that is the perception by a lot of people, that it is aimed at certain…people.

    Exacerbating the problem is that two of the previous three Super Bowl champs play their home games in states that have legalized the drug. Not medical legalization, but full recreational legalization.

    So for how long will the NFL cling to this stance? It is beyond meaningless to ban marijuana; it has no performance enhancing effect, and for people who think that it is detrimental (and I would agree there is valid argument there), it isn’t the league’s responsibility to be moral police for the players. If marijuana is a detriment, then those players that chose to ingest it would gradually fall out of the league, because there are plenty of guys who don’t imbibe and work their a**es off every day to be the best.

    But, if the NFL retracts this policy, they fear that people will think they are going soft on criminality within the NFL ranks.

    Hey, NFL, I have some news for you: your image isn’t being damaged by pot smokers, or your treatment of them (at least, not the way you think).

    Your image is being damaged by being wildly inconsistent in your punishments on everything other than banned substances, and for being ludicrously lenient in cases involving violence or drunken idiocy.

  7. @Xavier we’re imploding? Is that why we got the best free agents in the positions we wanted? Haha, ppl like you know nothing about the Giants, or football all together.. too funny.

  8. The Giants were a total of 120 seconds away from having 5 more wins, yet they’re imploding. Right.
    Eli put up the 6th most points in the league with one viable WR that every defense was triple covering, but the Giants are imploding. Right. Their OL is better than last year, their defense can only get better, and now teams have to deal with Sheppard. By the way, your nickel back can’t cover Victor Cruz or Shane Vereen- book it.

    The Giants are going to smash people this year.

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