The Cleveland Browns have been the team probably worst hit by Roger Goodell and the NFL's draconian marijuana rules.
The Browns have lost their star receiver Josh Gordon for the whole season after he was caught having used the recreational drug for a third time. It didn't matter to the NFL that one of his samples was negative though.
After the ban was announced the topic has become a serious source of discussion, with the general belief that the ruling is now out of date seeing as two cities where the NFL play don't actually believe it's that bad anymore.
Well one of Gordon's teammates at the Browns, Pro-Bowl offensive tackle Joe Thomas to be precise, spoke out on the league’s outdated policy on cannabis.
“I think looking at the NFL drug program, I think they haven’t really touched it in a lot of years because it’s kinda been the one thing when you’re collectively bargaining that it kinda gets put to the end and then when you’re close on a deal you just say ‘ahh let’s just leave it how it’s been’ rather than actually work on maybe some issues that are there,” the four-time All Pro Thomas said according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.
The collective bargaining agreement won’t expire for the next eight years so an amendment to how the NFL views marijuana would not figure to be altered any time soon.
Resistance to Change
Thomas thinks changing morals in society and cultural changes need to be reflected in an updated policy from the league.
“I think there’s a resistance from management of the NFL and also from the players association to do that type of needed updating of the drug policy because obviously there’s some oversights when they wrote the program and some cultural changes that have happened that I don’t think the program accurately reflects the morals of society today and the NFL and pro sports in general,” Thomas said went on to say.
Thomas wasn't just blaming the NFL and Goodell, he specifically mentioned NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith and how it seems like he just didn't want to sit down and try to change it.
Goodell recently changed the domestic abuse policy after getting the Ray Rice verdict so terribly wrong, so could we potentially see the NFL Commissioner and NFLPA executive director modify the league’s views on marijuana.
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