Do you know that Chris Long smoked marijuana throughout his NFL career?
Long talked about his
use of marijuana on “The Dan Patrick Show,” and let’s just be honest, his
comments were really shocking.
“I’m not a dry snitch, I’m not going to put a percentage on
how much the league smokes, but I certainly enjoyed my fair share on a regular
basis throughout my career,” Long said. “So, you know, and I was
never afraid to say that and I’m able to say it more explicitly now: if not for
that, I’m not as capable of coping with the stressors of day-to-day NFL life. A
lot of guys get a lot of pain management out of it. Toradol did more pain
management for me.
“We should be headed to a place where we allow players to
enjoy what I would not even call a drug — it’s far less dangerous than
guzzling a fifth of alcohol and going out after a game. Chances are the player
won’t even make it to the club to do this sort of thing that we all kind of wag
our finger at when we hear about a guy getting in a fight or getting a DUI,
you’re never going to read about him sitting on the couch and binge-watching
‘Game of Thrones’ again.
“I think from a standpoint of what’s safer for people and the
player, certainly people in the spotlight, it is far less harmful than alcohol,
it is far less harmful than tobacco, and at various points in the league’s
history, they have engaged in partnerships on different levels with those
Long retired from the NFL after playing the last two years with the Eagles. He doesn’t plan on returning to the league. Long still hopes that the NFL will change the drug-testing policy.
“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,” Long said. “If you’re serious
about players not using, you’d be testing more often. I hope they go the
opposite direction and just kind of realize how arbitrary that one test is.”