XFL may not test for marijuana

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The XFL will be different from the NFL in multiple ways. In one specific way, the XFL could be very different.

Via SI.com, XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck would “prefer not to test for marijuana.”

This would make marijuana use a non-issue for the XFL, except where a player isn’t able to play football because he’s incarcerated for marijuana use — something that rarely happens in 2019.

Luck told SI.com that he hasn’t considered whether that would make players like receiver Josh Gordon eligible for the XFL, but why wouldn’t it? If the XFL won’t be policing the private lives of players when it comes to non-PEDs that the players may use when on their own time, why would they artificially bar a player who has been banned by the NFL for behavior that the XFL doesn’t prohibit?

Of course, Gordon remains under contract with the Patriots, which would make it harder to sign him, since the Standard Player Contract prohibits players from playing in other leagues. However, unattached players who are banned by the NFL potentially could choose to play in the XFL, if the XFL won’t be worrying about whether they smoke weed.

53 responses to “XFL may not test for marijuana

  1. Finally. It makes you stupid but so does smashing your head into things repeatedly. It’s great for pain.

    Might need the coach in the headset a little longer though.

  2. it’s about time we get some progressive approaches based on modern knowledge

  3. This isn’t the 1920’s, we’re about to enter the 2020’s.
    Just make the plant legal and we could have a lot better product in the NFL.

    It’s amazing people still have this stereotype associated with marijuana. Sad really.

  4. Frazier28/7 says:
    May 7, 2019 at 3:09 pm
    This isn’t the 1920’s, we’re about to enter the 2020’s.
    Just make the plant legal and we could have a lot better product in the NFL.

    It’s amazing people still have this stereotype associated with marijuana. Sad really

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    Yes. Make it legal. Tax the hell out of it and lower my property taxes. I’m all for legalization (and subsequent taxation) of marijuana!!!

  5. The XFL is playing this beautifully so far all the way around. Three minority head coaches of the seven hired thus far. No marijuana testing. Now they need to sign some big NFL names and score a few big name college kids. Dez Bryant should be targeted. Former Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving would be a great signing and a story for the league to promote.

    If Vince McMahon can get his WWE wrestling ratings back up so his XFL can invest more than the $350,000 top end salary… I believe this league will possibly be able to steal some NFL players and maybe even eventually compete with the NFL.

  6. Cool. I have no interest in watching openly drugged up players hacking up their lungs in between plays due to all the dope they are smoking so now I know to pass on the XFL. Thanks for letting us know.

  7. Ricky Williams is saying, “Yeah mon…. I and I want to play again. JAH Rastafari !”

  8. Good. I hope all the players who live on marijuana decide to go play there. Keeping all the potheads in one league would be fine by me.

  9. CFL had never tested for it either, even before it was legalized in Canada.

  10. Yes. Make it legal. Tax the hell out of it and lower my property taxes. I’m all for legalization (and subsequent taxation) of marijuana!!!

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    Your property taxes won’t be lowered. Why do you want to tax the public more? Just cause they tax marijuana it doesn’t mean you will get a break somewhere else. They shouldn’t tax it anymore than they do beer.

  11. Even if it was legal in every state for recreational use, it’s still banned by USADA as a PED. If players took it with the XFL’s blessing (effectively tacit encouragement), grew to depend on it and then developed psychological problems in middle or later years, the league will have no leg to stand on when the players take them to court in a CTE-style class action. Then there are huge insurance issues for the league too.

  12. I feel like most people who think weed is bad are people who have never tried it but know everything about it. Ya there’s some people who are pot heads and that’s all they do but it’s no different than people addicted to alcohol. In moderation it’s just fine and more enjoyable than a few drinks

  13. stipez says:

    May 7, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Finally. It makes you stupid but so does smashing your head into things repeatedly. It’s great for pain.

    Might need the coach in the headset a little longer though.
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    Spoken like someone who has never tried it and takes all of their cues from the 80’s drug videos.

  14. BuckyBadger says:
    May 7, 2019 at 4:08 pm
    Yes. Make it legal. Tax the hell out of it and lower my property taxes. I’m all for legalization (and subsequent taxation) of marijuana!!!

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    Your property taxes won’t be lowered. Why do you want to tax the public more? Just cause they tax marijuana it doesn’t mean you will get a break somewhere else. They shouldn’t tax it anymore than they do beer.

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    Valid point. Tax the hell out of it and keep the money to help fund the lung cancer treatments so healthcare costs don’t go up.

    I agree. No break needed.

  15. It would be smart if they didn’t test. Believe it or not, there are NFL players who’d play in a league where they can play without the threat of a drug screen.

  16. With Vince McMahon involved, there won’t be testing for PED’s either. He’s the King of PED employers. And he’s a user, too.

  17. The NFL will stop testing for marijuana very soon too. In fact, many of their doctors are probably prescribing pot for a lot of the football related ailments. It’s pretty much a miracle drug, and that’s part of the reason drug competitors have put so much money into funding to keep this drug illegal for all these years. The next time you see a proposition on the ballet, read the fine print. Most of the funding against it comes from companies like Anheuser-Busch, Seagrams, Phillip Morris, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Johnson & Johnson. So it was never about keeping us safe. It has always been to keep away competition, and our politicians don’t always look out for our best interest. Is anyone shocked? No doubt these drug companies are against campaign finance reform too. Lol.

  18. “Even if it was legal in every state for recreational use, it’s still banned by USADA as a PED.”

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    Anyone who thinks marijuana is a PED has never used marijuana.

  19. These comments sections always crack me up when it comes to MJ. Some of you sound like you’re straight out of the Leave it to Beaver days…

    Stop perpetrating the lie and being the fool. Ironic huh? Me the pot smoker calling you the fool…and it is obvious to everyone here but you.

    When I was at Microsoft, many of my team smoked pot to think outside the box and I guarantee you their IQ is at least double yours…and they are likely much more successful at life.

    Pot is like booze…you can’t judge the type of person just because they partake. All walks of life smoke pot. Get a clue. My buddy owns a real estate business and he smokes more than he drinks these days. It is 2019…hello. Wake up.

  20. venomraider says:
    May 7, 2019 at 3:58 pm
    Cool. I have no interest in watching openly drugged up players hacking up their lungs in between plays due to all the dope they are smoking so now I know to pass on the XFL. Thanks for letting us know.

    — Dinosaur much?

    Weed does not make one openly drugged up any more than someone drinking a beer makes them openly drunk. As an employer I work with the people who produce. If your personal habits affect your ability to do so, you go bye bye.

    Adding in some idiotic semi-moralistic perspective is just so…

    Old

  21. Since this is the XFL it should be mandatory to smoke before games just to make it more interesting

  22. “Free countries” should allow their “free citizens” to use a plant, period.

  23. It’s truly amazing how little people know about marajuana compared to how much they think they know. You know you don’t have to smoke it, right? You know eating it is better than eating addictive chemicals pushed onto you by big money drug corps, right? You know how ridiculous you sound banging away on your keyboard denouncing it, probably while drinking a beer, popping some kind of pills and smoking a cigarette, right?

  24. why do all the negative posts seem to assume these players are getting stoned before/during the game? Just because they dont test for it doesnt mean these guys are lighting bongs at halftime. Josh Gordon admitted to drinking hard liquor throughout a game before yet no one is demanding breathalyzers before games. This is win win for the XFL, they get to be the progressive league while letting these players be adults and make choices. In no way has the XFL condoned/allowed the players to be high on the field. Just like my employer doesnt test for weed but if you get hurt they will because just like booze, im not allowed to drink or get high on the job.

  25. nyneal says:
    May 7, 2019 at 4:07 pm
    Good. I hope all the players who live on marijuana decide to go play there. Keeping all the potheads in one league would be fine by me.
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    So are you basically saying you don’t want a league with any good football players. Pretty sure the majority of players indulge. A lot just understand how not to get caught.

  26. Gordon could sign with an XFL team in California. The non-compete in his NFL contract would be unenforceable and California would refuse to enforce an order from another state which upheld the provision.

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