Ricky Williams says most players, some coaches use marijuana

AP

Marijuana is a banned substance in the NFL, but that doesn’t stop its use.

According to Ricky Williams, the former NFL running back and marijuana connoisseur, about 60-70 percent of NFL players smoke marijuana. Williams also told Sports Illustrated that some coaches use marijuana as well.

Although the NFL does test for marijuana, most players are only tested once a year, before the season starts, and they know the approximate date of their drug test. So players can use marijuana for most of the year and stop in time to get it out of their systems for their one annual drug test. (The testing policy for performance-enhancing drugs is stricter and subjects players to surprise tests throughout the year.)

Williams says he became a regular marijuana user during his NFL career in part to deal with the pain of injuries suffered on the field, and he thinks marijuana is beneficial for pain management. Although NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been dismissive of the idea that pot should be permitted for that purpose, many other players have said they’d rather use marijuana for pain management than the prescription painkillers they can get from team doctors.

Williams says letting players use marijuana is letting them take care of their pain, and he adds, “the league didn’t take care of me.” If Williams is right about the prevalence of marijuana in the NFL, players are choosing to take care of themselves, regardless of NFL policies.

41 responses to “Ricky Williams says most players, some coaches use marijuana

  1. Just legalize it nationwide already!! Didn’t we learn how silly prohibition is nearly 100 years ago?

  2. While I agree the weed can help u with pain and isn’t as bad as prescription meds. You joined the NFL with full knowledge of the rules and regulations. So don’t complain when u get caught and lose millions.

  3. “patsxsaintsfan says:
    Jul 13, 2016 2:02 PM

    What data does he have to support 60-70 percent”

    – Considering the NFL has made the activity in question a no-no, you’re clearly not going to get honest data from players in a publicly available poll. You can say Ricky is lying and incorrect, but it’s clear from the suspensions and arrests that he was not the only one. It’s a continuing problem.

  4. “Williams says he became a regular marijuana user during his NFL career in part to deal with the pain of injuries suffered on the field, and he thinks marijuana is beneficial for pain management.”

    Marijuana is also beneficial for life management. It’s crazy out there. Be safe.

  5. “patsxsaintsfan says:
    Jul 13, 2016 2:02 PM
    What data does he have to support 60-70 percent”
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    Well…he DID play in the league for a decade, and for multiple teams. He has pretty good anecdotal evidence…if he hasn’t forgotten all of it already.

  6. I would like to see the coaches, front office and owners held to the same standards as the players. Random drug testing for everyone!

  7. It’s total insanity that it should be banned from the NFL. The whole world smokes pot. And the ones that don’t have most likely never tried it.. Don’t worry, Once big money gets involved like it has already. It will be legalized Federal y.

  8. David S. says:
    Jul 13, 2016 1:56 PM
    Just legalize it nationwide already!! Didn’t we learn how silly prohibition is nearly 100 years ago?
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    Nah, those that made their careers off of prohibitionism would hate to see that end now. They’re still milking their empty rhetoric for sweet, glorious cash! Keep it coming . . . errr, I mean won’t somebody think of the children?

  9. Most players and coaches use alcohol too. It’s a free country. A lot of my neighbors use pot, and a lot drink booze. The funny thing is I can never tell when the stoners are stoned, but I can always tell when the drinkers are drunk. I would much rather accept a ride in a car from a stoner than a drunk.

  10. Rickey speaks the truth,even if Goodell and his henchmen don’t want to hear it.
    Time to legalize.

  11. What data does he have to support 60-70 percent

    That means all Ricky’s Posey smoke weed he paid for ….he just smoked away his so-called- Legacy !!!

    He will enter the prestige’s

    Bong of Fame !!!

  12. We know more than half the players are smoking pot, and rightfully so. It is far safer than the painkillers the NFL is shoving down their throats, and the booze that flows freely during games. The NHL doesn’t even test for marijuana, the NFL has no business testing for it either.

  13. Bet if Goodell partook in smoking canibus he would have blonde dreadlocks, a beard and wear baggies and call everyone Dude. LOL

    Would help the arbitration issue. Can you imagine?

    Colts. We say the Pats deflated the footballs

    Goodell. Wow

    Colts. They should be punished

    Goodell. Wow. You kinda sound pissed man

    Colts. We are and we want justice

    Goodell Wow, really man

    Colts. Well want are you going to do about it

    Goodell. Ummm. I don’t know. Like just chill. Lite a dooby up and take a walk and get back to me.

  14. sirxba says:
    Jul 13, 2016 2:46 PM
    I bet Roger uses it. I mean, that would explain a lot.
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    I think you are confusing weed with crack

  15. Although the NFL does test for marijuana, most players are only tested once a year, before the season starts, and they know the approximate date of their drug test. So players can use marijuana for most of the year and stop in time to get it out of their systems for their one annual drug test.

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    What is the point in doing the test then? That’s like telling a factory worker i’m only going to come and check once per day at 10:00AM to make sure you’re not sleeping on the job.

  16. He would probably be on firmer ground if he said that 60-70 percent of the players that he encountered smoked dope. I seriously doubt that he conducted extensive polling on this issue.

  17. firecracker87 says:
    Jul 13, 2016 4:01 PM

    “Although the NFL does test for marijuana, most players are only tested once a year, before the season starts, and they know the approximate date of their drug test. So players can use marijuana for most of the year and stop in time to get it out of their systems for their one annual drug test.”

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    What is the point in doing the test then? That’s like telling a factory worker i’m only going to come and check once per day at 10:00AM to make sure you’re not sleeping on the job.

    Two words: public relations. They know that a lot of parents won’t buy that $140 jersey for little Johnny if they think that the player is a stoner.

    And to keep Congress off of their backs.

  18. Then why would they not EXPAND the testing so that it is truly random for all of them? If the rule is no pot – then the rule is no pot – find a job that allows pot – problem solved (“fixed the newel post”)…

  19. patsxsaintsfan says:
    Jul 13, 2016 2:02 PM

    What data does he have to support 60-70 percent
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    Well, he was in the league for a while and probably met a bunch of guys who did. Do you think it’s more than that? Certainly you don’t believe it’s actually less than that do you?

  20. What about owners?
    Just think of the pain Zyggy Wilf goes through every season – let him have the weed.

  21. The league should at least let the players use CBD products, which is the actual painkilling compound in marijuana that is both non addictive and have zero psychoactive effects.

    Ie it kills pain but does not get you high.

    Of course the league office would have to be able to comprehend actual science facts that require more understanding than the 3rd grade science they know will give them.

  22. The NFL is most likely a big Pharmaceutical industry favorite. It’s already news that Marijuana use is hurting the opioid industry, so Goodell and the owners want to keep a tight grip on that policy under the protection of Federal laws

  23. As long as Big Pharma is an major investor… They aint NEVER going to allow it in the NFL even when it does become legal nation wide… Ricky Williams you are apart of my Mt. Rushmore of running-backs and one of my hero… Go Green…

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