New York Jets Antonio Cromartie: NFL losing battle on weed ban

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New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie say that players will smoke marijuana if it is legal, regardless of a league ban on the substance.

Marijuana has become a hot topic within the NFL now that 20 US states have legalized it. That includes both Colorado and Washington State where both the Super Bowl contenders, the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks, play.

Now that the Super Bowl hype has calmed down, people are beginning to seriously discuss the issue of using the drug.

Speaking last week, Cromartie was the subject of a slight misquote that indicated both he and other players already take the drug, as opposed to saying that a player would smoke regardless of a ban.

Marijuana is quickly being seen as an alternative pain killer to the current prescription medicine which players believe has a negative effect on them in later life and increases the risk of addiction.

Whilst former Dolphins running back Ricky Williams says the league doesn't care if people take it, commissioner Roger Goddell says that the league will continue to look at the issue.

In a press conference last Friday he said: "It is still an illegal substance on a national basis... It's something that is part of the collective bargaining agreement with the players."

He also added: "Our experts right now are not indicating that we should change our policy in any way"

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