When you look at the 4 popular North American sports (Basketball, Baseball, Football and Hockey), the one constant besides outrageous ticket prices and salaries, is pain. And even though Football and Hockey are both more violent than Baseball and Basketball, injuries are a part of the game.
In regards to the NFL the most accurate way to see how pain affects the league is after the game, when the bodies are bruised and athletic tape and bandages are covered with dirt and blood. Another way is at the practice facility and tape room the following day, when the players are hopping around on crutches, fingers in splints, arms in slings.
Pain is to the NFL what saying Yeah is to Lil John, they go hand in hand but unlike yelling at the top of your lungs the pain that NFL players experience is something that is unavoidable. Maintenance and tolerance of that pain is key to a players career. Whether it’s Doctor prescribed medicine, painkillers, alcohol or recreational drugs, players have found ways to not only cope but to self medicate. What I don’t understand is why the NFL more than any other sports league doesn’t at least start the conversation about using medicinal marijuana as a healing option.
In a league where teams play in eight of the 20 states that legalized medicinal marijuana, it would appear that the NFL is behind the times. In a recent Gallup poll, for the first time, a majority of Americans (58 percent) said that the drug should be legal. Even if the medical community thinks of marijuana as a safe pain reliever, plans to re-evaluate whether or not marijuana deserves to be on the NLF’s list of banned substances doesn’t seem to be in the works.
I wonder if the NFL’s reluctance to talk about let alone legalizing medicinal marijuana has something to do with all of its corporate backing. Talks of legalizing marijuana even for medicinal purposes by the NFL could lead law makers to feel embarrassed by the failed war on drugs. Doing so could cause corporate backers that undoubtedly have political interests to with draw their advertising money. We all know how invested we are when it comes to our teams, George bush use to own the Texas Rangers, before running for President. Rush Limbaugh put a bid in to become the owner of the St. Louis Rams, before players threatened mutiny rather than to play for a racist.
So imagine someone like these two feeling some kind of way by the sports leagues that they love and support talk about legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Because of the injuries that NFL players suffer from, are sometimes more serious with a higher potential for career ending than injuries from other sports, you would think that a more up to date way of thinking about pain and care would be a no brainier. In a league that awards it’s players for playing through the pain and with almost severed limbs while turning a blind eye to the effects that are caused by the numerous head injuries that it’s players suffer from, marijuana should be seriously considered as a legitimate pain reliever. After all it’s safer than alcohol and less addictive than most over the counter medicines. So tell me again why is it still banned?
What do you think? Do you think the NFL is behind the times in not allowing medicinal marijuana? Or do you think they are right in not doing so?
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