Percy Harvin: “There’s not a game that I played in that I wasn’t high”

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Ten years ago, Vikings receiver Percy Harvin was on his way to winning the NFL offensive rookie of the year award. During that season and all others in which he played, Harvin regularly smoked marijuana.

There’s not a game that I played in that I wasn’t high,” Harvin tells Master Tesfatsion of BleacherReport.com.

Harvin smoked marijuana to deal with anxiety and migraines. He said that he had been prescribed multiple different medications, and that the only thing that made him feel better was marijuana.

Harvin also sheds light on his Super Bowl week fight with Seahawks receiver Golden Tate. Harvin, who had been traded to Seattle before the season but who had missed much of the year with a hip inury, took issue with something Tate had said about Harvin during one of the various media availabilities that happen before the championship game. So Harvin confronted Tate in the locker room and punched Tate into a trash can, only 10 minutes before the team photo.

Harvin’s admission of marijuana use isn’t surprising. Plenty of players use it, even as the NFL clings for collective bargaining purposes to its outdated ban on a substance that is legal in plenty of states for recreational use, and plenty more for medical use.

47 responses to “Percy Harvin: “There’s not a game that I played in that I wasn’t high”

  1. The guy was a total dbag on the field and in the locker room. At the time I was livid that the Saints were head hunting him the whole game he actually played in for the Hawks vs the Saints….but now I think it was ol school justice because he was a clown. From patting himself on the back once on the local news for prActicing back to back days then refusing to go into a game against the Cowboys in the 4th quarter. I can only imagine the stories Viking fans can come up with.

  2. Plenty of players use it, even as the NFL clings for collective bargaining purposes to its outdated ban on a substance that is legal in plenty of states for recreational use, and plenty more for medical use.
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    People really have a hard time separating things that are legal in the eyes of the law and rules set by an employer. Harvin cost himself millions by choosing to smoke weed on top of being a locker room cancer. End of story.

  3. Him using it isn’t surprising. But being high during a game is. I know he’s not the first, but hopefully the in game users are few and far between

  4. I don’t think you want Percy Harvin to be the poster child for allowing marijuana use in the NFL.

  5. The sad reality is that so many people look to drugs whether legal or illegal to take care of issues like anxiety and or depression. While there are cases that do need a narcotic there are a great many cases that need counselling and or therapy to overcome. Lets keep looking to the medicine cabinet to cover issues. This is coming from a person who is a recovering alcoholic and has anxiety. I am on nothing but seek help often and work daily to stay recovered and healthy. It takes work………go figure that people look for the easier softer way.

  6. Yes, it is understandable that plenty use it. But during games? That suggests a serious problem…

  7. Why is the government legalizing marijuana while trying to kill regular tobacco?
    When a person smokes a regular cigarette, they inhale and exhale.
    When a person smokes a joint, they inhale and hold it in as long as they can.
    Smoke is pollution, which is harmful to your health.
    Therefore, holding it in has to be worse for you.
    It all comes down to taxes… The government is trying to generate more revenue.
    If they couldn’t tax it, then they wouldn’t consider legalizing it.
    Love doesn’t make the world go ’round… Money does.

  8. Pound for pound, Percy Harvin was the best pure football player I ever saw. If anyone doubts how good a football player he was just Google how Brett Favre felt about him. Who cares if he smoked weed? Had little to nothing to do with why he lasted as long as he did.

  9. Sure, weed should be legalized……..for private use. I’d be fired if I showed up at work under the influence. It’s no different here.

  10. This kind of behavior has been commonplace for the Vikings.

    That’s why their players were using Wizzonators and leasing boats for illegal purposes that actually scared it’s crew.

    They looked the other way when the Williams boys were getting jacked up on PEDs, while masking their activities with Starcaps, even coercing them to drag out their well deserved suspensions for years in the courts.

    This franchise has had the market cornered on dysfunction and subverting the rules for years, always looking the other way.
    All in the quest to lift their middling team to 9-7.

  11. How high could he have actually been tho? Unless he smoked right before the game, odds are he sobered up before kickoff. If you smoke regularly, you’re not gonna be too high after about an hr. And I think it’s kinda funny that he punched tate. Isn’t tate the guy that had “relations” with russell Wilson’s lady back then?

  12. is it any worse than being all jacked up on pain killers during a game? asking for a friend…

  13. If the players want to smoke weed, they will have to negotiate for that in the NEXT Collective Bargaining Agreement. Why should the owners give that up for free now?

  14. johnnycantread says:
    October 2, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Why is the government legalizing marijuana while trying to kill regular tobacco?

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    The proper question is why did the government decide to criminalize marijuana 85 years ago and continue to promote the tobacco industry long after they were aware of the terrible health risks associated with it.

    You are correct about money being the motive. But have all the rest of it backwards.

  15. This guy suffered from “selective” migraines. Never got one when they were winning, they always mysteriously showed up when they weren’t playing well…

  16. Him using it isn’t surprising. But being high during a game is. I know he’s not the first, but hopefully the in game users are few and far between
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    To non-smokers it sounds blasphemous to get high before a game, but any long time smoker will tell you it’s no big deal. Once you’ve used it for awhile it’s effects lessen and basically you smoke to even you out, get back to zero so to speak, more so than actually get high. I use it daily for anxiety and depression. I don’t really get high anymore…just feel normal. Hard to explain really.

  17. Marijuana does harm their developing brain of teenagers and it can affect the ability to drive. It is not totally harmless.

  18. “tylawspick6 says:
    October 2, 2019 at 12:00 pm
    How did he pass his drug tests then? If this is true, this proves Goodell looks the other way for certain teams.”

    Because Harvin was smart about it unlike Josh Gordon and Justin Blackmon, the NFL only does a drug test once a season starting 4/20 of each year, so all you have to do is abstain long enough until you get tested, then you can hang out with Snoop Dogg the rest of the season if you like.

  19. Percy Harvin he should have given more Vikings some of his stash. Percy competed at a high level.

  20. Comments of Percy being lazy are way off. He practiced very hard. He had some conflicts with coaches in Minnesota and teammates in Seattle but he wasn’t lazy or loafed in games.

  21. I heard while lifting weights one day Percy threw a dumb bell at Childres so he can’t be all bad.

  22. packrule says:
    October 2, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    The sad reality is that so many people look to drugs whether legal or illegal to take care of issues like anxiety and or depression. While there are cases that do need a narcotic there are a great many cases that need counselling and or therapy to overcome. Lets keep looking to the medicine cabinet to cover issues. This is coming from a person who is a recovering alcoholic and has anxiety. I am on nothing but seek help often and work daily to stay recovered and healthy. It takes work………go figure that people look for the easier softer way.

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    Keep fighting the good fight brother, a sober life is a good thing. Just replace the bad addiction with a good one. You got this.

  23. You can really tell how old the crowd here is and their dated mentality. He is saying he uses pot for medical reasons.

    All of the old folks that were brainwashed in the 70s-00s come here calling him a hippie. Would it be better in your eyes he was taking opioids or other painkillers sports Drs have been notorious for handing out?

  24. You get drug tested for weed once a year. You know what time frame the test will be in. You pass the one test per year and are good to smoke until the next year offseason weed test. They stop a few months before and are good to go the rest of the year. Also why test for it at all. Think about how dumb you have to be to fail the one test and get in the program.

  25. I suffered Migraines for 2 decades, about 8 years into them after MRI’s Nerve Blocks and about 20 useless or semi-useless meds A friend offered Medical marijuana. it was the only thing that helped. at 58 I rairly get them now. but can confirm his story. Sorry to counter his haters.

  26. For someone whose pot smoking fixed his headaches, he sure missed a lot of games and practices because of them. Let’s face it he was a diva receiver without the will to win, nor face adversity. He had lads of talent but pissed it away and people paid him at least 3 years for zero production.

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