With an in-depth understanding of drug addiction and the NBA, a former point guard for the Chicago Bulls, Jay Williams, guesstimates that a mere 20-25 percent of today’s current NBA players abstain from using one of the league’s most demonized yet benign substances – marijuana.
Highlighting the hypocrisy, yesterday Williams blasted the NBA on FOXBusiness.com, “It’s easy for doctors to prescribe you Oxycontin and look I was addicted to it for five plus years so I know,” explaining the deceit. “But when you say marijuana you get a reaction, ahhh, it’s a gateway drug.”
Ignorance is not bliss…
Regardless of the fact that nearly half of the states in the U.S. allow physicians to recommend medical marijuana for what ails their citizens, the NBA still operates in the bad-old-days, complete with obsolete policies and causing irreparable addiction issues. With 23 states plus the District of Columbia having already enacted laws allowing for some form of marijuana use, the NBA currently threatens any player found to have marijuana metabolites in their system with life altering consequences. Encouraging their players to choke down pharmaceuticals by the fistful, while threatening those that medicate with marijuana with fines and suspension.
“You see pictures of guys in California going in and getting their medical marijuana cards,” Williams added. “And I’m not just saying athletes, let’s talk about society. I know a lot of people that use it. It’s something that the whole world is becoming more progressive with. So it’s about time some of these entities do as well.”
As the NBA players and their association look to the 2017 collective bargaining session as a means of rectifying their current dilemma, today’s players strongly believe the league needs to step up and evolve with the times.