The Seahawks will battle the Saints next Monday for first place in the NFC without two of their top defensive backs, Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond. Second-stringers will have to do their best to slow down Drew Brees because the starters smoked pot and got caught. To be fair, Browner’s gotten burned a bunch this year; maybe he’s been playing baked. But Thurmond surely hasn’t, all he’s done is relax with a joint or two rather than pound Vicoden and beer like his peers do.
Yeah, Ricky Williams and Tyrion Mathieu smoked weed and maybe it messed with their heads a bit. But it’s way better that they puffed herb than abused alcohol, isn’t it? Athletes’ bodies are fine-tuned machines, booze is horrible for them, so what - jocks don’t get to hang? Marijuana use doesn’t signal “character issues”, it signals interesting characters, like basketball’s Bill Walton and Bison Dele. But football players are only encouraged / allowed to be macho drunk meatheads.
What’s with all the NFL DUIs anyways? Can’t y’all afford drivers?
 SI’s Michael McKnight reports that many NFL players “see marijuana as a viable option to the pills and injections given to them by their employers to manage the side effects of their violent occupation.” (‘Joint Account, The politics of pot in professional football’, Sports Illustrated, Nov. 25, 2013)