NFL, Marijuana, Cannabis discussed on Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc.
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That was in high school, but Hernandez said he continued getting high before every game he played in college. And in the NFL. Oh, yeah. I mean, a lot of players did it before the games for sure for sure, and I didn't like it for that reason. It was just the responsibility. They to me were unreliable because of the immediate side effects that affect judgment and impairment and never heard anyone do that in the NFL must not have been very good. We'd if he's able to play it, I level stone. But. Yeah. I guess it's possible. Ryan O'Callaghan says he never played a game stoned. But he says he did smoke on off days during his college career in parts of his NFL career to mostly to help manage pain. I went to Berkeley. So I started smoking marijuana. Probably my third year Cal and a lot of guys did a lot of guys on the team did and they started this kind of crackdown drug testing. But they gave us the option of entering this program called safe harbor where you just had to tell a team psychologist that you're smoking, and you were trying to quit, and you were basically your name was taken out of the hats. He wouldn't get called for a drug test. So I ended safe harbor and basically was allowed to smoke. I wanted I was basically always recovering from some sort of injury in college that really helped I was never addicted to painkillers in college. But I took them right after surgery, but that was. About it. But I wanna then he got to the NFL players are tested for marijuana. The test is only once or twice a year in. It's usually around the same time in the spring before the season starts, and you that was coming. So I prepared for that. They've got to the NFL got to New England. I first year there. I I don't think I smoke that much. And then you find out about, you know, there drug testing policy when they do it the repercussions if you get caught and that turned into a big drawback players who test positive multiple times for marijuana can be fined or suspended without pay. But for the most part players who want to smoke have figured out how to get around the testing Hernandez himself actually talked about a friend who helped him beat it test and once players have passed their tests they can typically smoke without getting cut. When you got birth. This tiny start doing. But I got mine, you know, the other big for most of his career O'Callaghan did what Hernandez and his friend marquees pouncey talked about doing hit stop smoking around the time. He knew the test was coming it take the test. And then it starts smoking again. And it worked until two thousand nine his first year with the chiefs when he got cut, and then that puts you in a two year program where you get tested up to five times a month. I believe it is. And if you then test positive again, you get suspended for four games. And then the team finds out for a guy like me that could have been the end of my career if something like that happens. So that's why I couldn't smoke weed anymore, which led to taking more and more painkillers and more and more painkillers which eventually led to an addiction. Adults shouldn't be punished for using cannabis. Specially thoughts that the benefit from it like athletes who can. Can you know use the combination of healing, and you know, pain relief and inflammation reduction in the number of other things that action having Sidey. I mean, there's so so many things that athletes can benefit from without taking pharmaceutical drugs that compared with side effects that also diminished performance on the field. Eugene Monroe says he never smoked marijuana when he was playing in the NFL, even though he was often in a lot of pain. I started taking painkillers after my first surgery and college I hurt my knee. But really that just coincided with the surgery in from there. I I was on a pretty consistent dose of anti inflammatories. Pretty much from them through throughout my career. By the end of it. You know, I try to eliminate those anti-inflammatory drugs because they you know were causing a ton of ton of gastrointestinal issues. So I started doing things a lot more naturally, which is also let me to canvas Monroe says he started research in cannabis while he was still playing in the more. He learned the more convinced he became that. It was better than the other options out there like opioids so in two thousand sixteen he became the first active player to speak out publicly and urge the NFL to end its ban on marijuana at least in states where it's been legalized in some way, the NFL an athlete population in general experiences injuries on a rate that you know, in one season a person who doesn't play a fell football. You know, they might live sixteen lifetimes or more before they have that amount of injury on. Campaign. So it's certainly a different different arena of pain and one that's more constant in perpetual. One that requires a different approach to manage that pain of in opioids, the pain isn't going anywhere. But it needs to be managed somehow in Oakland is not the answer. But Thomas Gill, the former patriots team doctor says cannabis is not the answer either. If you take the NFL out of it, do I think there's a role for cannabis medically, absolutely. With regard to the NFL. Do I think there's a role for cannabis personally? No. Absolutely not. Is no injury. I think in football that happens that for a player on the active roster that would require cannabis first of all Secondly, again, it is a non performance enhancing drug. It's the opposite is gonna be what's the word disinheriting drug. It would negatively affect performance taking cannabis. So I personally do not think it has a role in the NFL at all. Monroe disagrees so much. So that now that he's retired. He's gone into the cannabis business. He's now a partner with green. Thumb industries. Accompany the grows and sells medical marijuana statistically, it's curbed opioid issues to the tune of twenty five percent in states where it's been legalized for medical use in some states. Like, Illinois have been even more progressive in allowing opioids to be replaced by cannabis of you get a prescription a recommendation that you have opiates you, you know, get cannabis in his place the significant especially when you think about that statistic. Again that retired NFL players abuse opioid pain medication at four times the rate of the general population Gill acknowledges that there is an opioid crisis among retired players. If you ask me, do I think there's a problem with tired players. Absolutely. These guys hurt but Gilson? Says he doesn't think that has anything to do with the way NFL. Doctors are prescribing opioids opioids are bigger problems and other sports in football. But I personally had did never saw it in the NFL. I think his comment is is really so far out of touch with reality. It's baffling. I mean, an active player is nothing more than you know, a retired player who has retired yet. The game's gonna end firm. He's gonna retire and being that same position. So it's all related Monroe O'Callaghan Lloyd are all retired now, and they all say they're still in pain that they still feel the effects of injuries. They suffered in the NFL every day. I'm actually on disability through the NFL pains part of my life. I have to live in active lifestyle, or I'll hurt you know, I have to continue to run and lift and stretch or a my body will hurt knees. Neck back. Shoulders hands. I mean, you you can really go through it and find nowhere that there's not something going on. And that's true of the vast majority of retired players nearly two thousand of whom are currently trying to sue the NFL for not warning them about the possible long-term consequences of taking so many painkillers to the medications the treatments to all the things that we have at our disposal now today lead to problems in the future. Of course, they do right? Because if you were one in done if you had a a knee injury, if you had one used to get one spine surgery you out of the NFL ill. Now, someone's got three let alone NIA ankle, elbow shoulder this that and the other thing absolutely the cause promise. But again, it's all about informed consent. You need to talk to your patient in need to talk to the player here the risks and benefits of being able to play here. The risk benefit football is not a safe sport. It's. It's not. But as long as people understand the risks. They're adults. They can make throwing decisions in two thousand sixteen Eugene Monroe did make a decision he was only twenty nine, but he was starting to worry about all the trauma hit already inflicted on his body. He decided to retire. Even though he says he knew he was still strong in good enough to keep playing just I felt that it was time to to make decisions and not continue to destroy my body and my head and move on. We've seen examples over the past couple years of players retiring early that we never would have. I guarantee you ten years ago they would not walked away from the game. And it's because I think the NFL has done a good job of educating on the potential side effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy concussions and everything else. But it's still rare for players to walk away before they have to for a lot of these guys. Like, Brandon, Lloyd, it still feels worth it. It's worth it is worth it. You know, it's worth it and high school to get an opportunity to get a full rat scholarship to the college of my choice. It's worth it to be playing at the college much Heus get an education, the exact education that I wanted to get an opportunity to plan NFL and make a million dollars, and is worth it planning NFL making a million dollars to make ten more. And it's worth it. If make even more, right? It's worth it. It's so worth it. That's why people do it even with all that we know about the long term consequences of playing the sport on the body and on the brain. But with fewer young people taking up the game will future generations of players feel the same way. Good evening and moved them to the. What is it like to be you know, some of dream about as a kid? Like. She's a big intern moun- that's how you can sell them in the NFL. From