Another Football Great Gets Suspended for Weed

Baltimore Raven’s tight end Darren Waller was just suspended for at least a year, making him the fourth NFL player this off-season to be shut out for a year, all for substance-abuse violations, all believed to be weed-related.

Waller was suspended without pay after violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy for the second time in as many seasons, the league announced Friday, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Waller, 24, was banned for the first four games of last season last July. He later admitted that he had tested positive for marijuana use.

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THE WEIGH IN: Eddie Lacy Gets Paid $55K To Not Be Fat

Imagine a luxurious life where you get paid a ridiculous amount of money to not get fat.

Sounds like a fantasy, right?

Not for NFL players such as Seahawks running back Eddie Lacy who received a big payday this week—money, not the candy bar—for weighing less than 255 pounds. The former Packer tipped the scales at 253 pounds to trigger a $55,000 off-season bonus.

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WHAT ARE THEY SMOKIN’?

The fashion world is a chaotic land full of outlandish Instagram photos and Kanye West shows, but every once in a while something magical happens. A phenomenon unlike any other.

The fashion world (and yes the sports world) were blessed this past month with the RompHim.

What’s the RompHim, you ask? Well, that’s a great question. According to the Kickstarter page—which is currently hovering at just under $360,000—the RompHim is a romper designed for men. It’s described as “your new favorite summer outfit,” which almost certainly isn’t true.

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Radical Rant: NFL Bans Marijuana Ads, But Hard Liquor Ads Approved

With the addition of Indiana recently on to the list of states that approve of medical marijuana use, now fully three-quarters of the teams in the NFL play in such states. In addition, one-quarter of NFL teams play where[*] adult use of marijuana is legal.

Yet, in the latest memo from the NFL concerning television advertising, the league steadfastly bans the promotion of any cannabinoid products during its games, even in those legal/medical states.

However, the league isn’t completely anti-drug.

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FROM MODELING TO MARIJUANA

When we look back at that paths that our lives have taken, rarely have we ended up exactly where we had envisioned. For better or worse, life is full of uncertainties that have a way of creating new chapters so vastly different than the last that we can look back and not recognize the person we once were. Jessica VerSteeg’s move into the cannabis industry is one such story.

Jessica grew up in a small town, eventually became Miss Iowa, and finally met the man she thought she could be with forever, New York Giants safety, Tyler Sash. Then everything changed. “I ended up in the hospital. I asked myself “How did this happen?” “How did the person I love, I was Miss Iowa, he was a super bowl champ. How did we end up in this position and why am I here?” VerSteeg explains, with a shaking voice that reveals the sorrow that is still palpable. Sash’s violent and aggressive outbursts (that after his death were attributed to the extraordinarily high level of CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) lead to VerSteeg’s hospital stay and the end of their relationship. In a bit of a depression VerSteeg removed herself from the situation stating that, “I kind of ran away to San Francisco.”

During VerSteeg’s stay at the hospital she researched ways in which she could help Sash get off of the painkillers that she attributed his outbursts to and marijuana came up as a medicinal replacement option. It wasn’t until her move to San Francisco that things really began to come to fruition. VerSteeg though to herself, “Wow, these women are so responsible. One girl is a lawyer and she’s working every day and she’s able to medicate this way,” VerSteeg says explaining her excitement at how conventional cannabis use was not only normalized and accepted but something that she could relate to.

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COLIN KAEPERNICK, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback—and lightning rod for criticism—recently visited with the Seahawks after there was reported interest from Pete Carroll and the ‘Hawks. Although he didn’t sign a deal with the team, Kap could very well be on the verge of becoming Russell Wilson’s backup. Shoot, even Spike Lee thinks it’s a done deal.

Kaepernick, who is continuing his social activism this off-season, opted out of his deal with the Niners following a restructuring of his original six-year contract with San Francisco. Since becoming a free agent, Kap has been one of the main storylines of the off-season. Many believe that the QB is being blackballed from the league, while others blame his unemployment strictly on his talents on the field.

While there’s no doubt that the former star QB deserves a job in the NFL—despite what your racist uncle says on Twitter—we’ve decided to make an argument for and against Kap in the Pacific Northwest.

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WHAT ARE THEY SMOKIN’?: NFL Players Want To Smoke Weed

With the release of a new survey, it’s clear that NFL players want to smoke weed.

As the nation quickly becomes more accepting of marijuana, sports leagues—namely the NFL—are far behind the times. So much so that a recent survey of NFL players showed that 89 percent believe medical marijuana could be used effectively to treat pain.

The 38-question survey, conducted by BudTrader.com, the nation’s largest medical marijuana online marketplace, explores the prevalence of opiates and chemical painkillers among NFL players.

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WHAT ARE THEY SMOKIN’?: Boo Roger Goodell!

Welcome to “What Are They Smokin’?” a semi-weekly column questioning sports stars and those within the sports world over their latest, ahem, antics.

“BOOOOOOOOO!”

That’s what you hear every time the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell makes a public appearance. Heck, even an off-hand comment that mentions his name earns the commish a chorus of boos.

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Medical Cannabis Conversation Heats Up in The NFL

The topic of whether or not players in the NFL will ever be allowed to use medical marijuana continues to develop.

Dueling narratives over the future of medical cannabis in the NFL hit the airwaves this week with NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith leading the support and Commissioner Roger Goodell backing a continued ban.

On ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” this week, Smith was asked about medical cannabis in the league.

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New Survey of NFL Players Reveals League Pressure to Take Opioids

A new survey of over 150 current and former NFL players conducted by BudTrader.com reveals a major disconnect between the league and it’s athletes surrounding drug use.

According to this latest data, 91 percent of the players surveyed said they had taken opiate-based painkillers, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and propoxyphene for pain—with 45 percent admitting to feeling pressured into using these drugs by team doctors, staff and teammates.

Considering the current opioid epidemic ravaging America, along with marijuana’s accepted medical benefits for pain relief and conditions stemming from head trauma, allowing NFL players to use MMJ seems like it should be a no-brainer. Not for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

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