WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Retired NFL player Chris Long has admitted to having enjoyed regularly using recreational marijuana his entire career because it helped him cope with the daily pressures of professional football.
- According to Long, the NFL conducts once a year drug testing for players; however, pros easily avoid getting caught because the test system is so easy to beat.
- Long argued that since the test is haphazardly done, it’s better NFL should do away with it rather than players seeking other more harmful alternatives like alcohol.
Chris Long knew just how to overcome the NFL’s flawed system for testing players for recreational drug use. Now retired, he now hopes the league will just pay no attention to marijuana use.
While on The Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday, Long said that throughout his career, he enjoyed his fair share of marijuana use on a regular basis.
“If not for that, I’m not as capable of coping with the stresses of day-to-day NFL life.”
As 2008’s No.2 overall pick, Long enjoyed an 11-year career which included stints with the then St. Louis Rams, New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles. In the final three years of his career, he also won two Super Bowls.
The league’s drug test was so easy to beat, says Long, which is why he has managed to evade detection. Since testing happens once a year on a pre-arranged date, players stop using drugs before tests then resume their use after tests.
“In that month or two that you stop, you’re going to reach for the sleeping pills, you’re going to reach for the pain killers and you’re going to reach for the bottle a little bit more,” recalled Long.
Additionally, Long also said that the NFL should be testing players more often if they’re serious about them not using recreational drugs. But since players can easily win over the test, Long hopes the NFL would realize how inconsistent that one test is.
“We should be headed to a place where we allow players to use what I wouldn’t even call drugs,” he said adding that it’s far less harmful than alternatives like alcohol and pain killers which often get players in trouble.
“They drink, they go out and bad news follows. On the other hand, marijuana use is far less dangerous than alcohol and tobacco. At various points in the league’s history, they have engaged in partnerships on different levels in those respective industries.”
Source: USA Today