Calvin Johnson left a lot of money on the table when he left the NFL three years ago.
Like an increasing number of football players, he could no longer justify the long-term danger he was putting himself in week after week. In an interview with Sports Illustrated Johnson also made an admission that will be sure to irk NFL brass: he was smoking up after every game.
“When I got to the league, [there] was opioid abuse,” Johnson says. “You really could go in the training room and get what you wanted. I can get Vicodin, I can get Oxy[contin]. It was too available. I used Percocet and stuff like that. And I did not like the way that made me feel. I had my preferred choice of medicine. Cannabis.”
The NFL takes a pretty no-nonsense, no-fun policy towards weed. Remember Ricky Williams? His NFL career was ruined after some pot-smoking adventures. He pretty much never recovered after a suspension. We’re a long way from the 2000s, but the NFL’s view hasn’t really changed that much.
But with more players like Johnson speaking out, the NFL is taking a second look at its cannabis policy.