As tonight marks the beginning of the 2012 NFL Draft, word is starting to circulate about a number of players that allegedly tested positive for marijuana at this year’s scouting combine.
CBSSports.com reports that early word spread that Mike Adams of Ohio State was one of the players to test positive for weed at the combine’s drug test, and it is initially unclear whether this will affect his draft position, currently slated for the late-first or early-second round. Now, more names are starting to surface, including Arizona State middle linebacker Vontaze Burfict, Virginia Tech cornerback Jayron Hosley, and Arizona State defensive end Jamaar Jarrett.
Of all of these, Jarrett will likely suffer the most, as he was already borderline about whether or not he would be drafted at all, and something like this might be the tipping point to keep him out of the NFL.
Burfict spoke to Scout.com and admitted to smoking weed in the past, but claims to have changed his lifestyle. Addressing this indicates that Burfict thinks that marijuana will affect his draft status and it is clear that he is looking to change his image. But, with the rampant use of marijuana at both the college and pro level, as well as its status as a medicine in many states, it seems like an antiquated idea that marijuana use is a bad thing for football players. I guess it’s just the world we live in, but if I were drafting for an NFL team, I don’t think I would knock a guy for smoking some weed.
Do you think smoking pot affects someone’s ability to play football? Do teams associate the use of pot with the possibility for bigger legal issues?