The Ravens cut offensive tackle Eugene Monroe on Wednesday after he spent the last few months advocating for allowing NFL players to use medical marijuana. The Ravens didn’t say the two things were related, although the team did make clear that it wasn’t supporting Monroe’s advocacy.
According to the New York Times, Monroe questions whether his advocacy played a role in the Ravens’ decision.
“I can’t say for sure whether or not my stance on medical cannabis was the reason the Ravens released me,” Monroe said. “However, as I’ve said in the past, they have distanced themselves from me and made it clear that they do not support my advocacy.”
There are several reasons the Ravens cut Monroe. He was due a $6.5 million salary this season, he has a history of injuries, and they just selected offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley with the sixth overall pick in the draft. No one is suggesting that advocating for marijuana is the only reason Monroe is out in Baltimore.
But it may have played a part in the decision. Monroe seems to think so.