NCAA Basketball definitely has the spotlight right now, but a big story came out a couple days ago about how a hopeful future NFL Star, Randy Gregory, failed drug test at NFL combine, it was also reported that he had a significant marijuana issue at Nebraska.
Looking at the case of Ricky Williams, and countless other testimonials from NFL players, along with research from various research groups – it can no longer be said that there is not a legitimate desire for NFL players to use cannabis to help relax, heal, and treat certain symptoms of frequent concussions.
Not only is this apparent, but also the issue came up last year about the penalities for an NFL player for Marijuana use, are more severe and strict than many of the reported cases of domestic abuse.
Perhaps the most defaming part about this, is that Randy Gregory’s value as a drafy pick will go down. This may cost him lots of money on his potential NFL deal, and cause him to more down in the draft.
The issue is now more apparent than ever:
When will the NFL reform their policy on marijuana use, seeing as how its become legal on some level in over 25 states.
LINCOLN — Former Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory, who declared for the NFL draft a season early, told NFL Media Wednesday that he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL combine. He said his blood levels of a substance in the drug was still elevated from his time at NU.
Gregory said he failed two tests at NU in January and April 2014, and would have been kicked off the team if he’d failed another.
“I was worse at Nebraska than I’ve ever been at any other time of my life,” Gregory told NFL Media reporter Kimberly Jones. “But I know how I am now. I think if teams really look at how I am now more so than the past, they’ll see I’m making strides to get better, as a person and as a player.”
In the article, Gregory said he found out two weeks ago he’d failed the test. He contended that he hasn’t smoked marijuana since December, which would mean the levels of the drug could still be found when he was tested. He said he talked at the NFL combine to 29 teams about his marijuana use and that he used marijuana to cope with anxiety since graduating from high school. Gregory said he didn’t blame Nebraska for his use, calling it “selfish” and “stubborn.”
“I want people to understand I’m not some dumb jock pothead,” he told Jones. “I’m intelligent. I love the people who help me, I love my family, I love my support group. I love football. I love winning. And I don’t want to be labeled as some bust that couldn’t make it because he smoked. And I won’t be labeled as that.
“This may be a setback. You may look at me a certain way, but at the end, I’m still going to be on top. I’m still going to do well.”
Agent Deryk Gilmore said marijuana use is a societal issue, “not just an athlete issue. Am I trying to make allowances for anything? No. All I can tell you is, I’ve seen this man improve leaps and bounds.”
Gregory had 17.5 sacks in two seasons at Nebraska, but struggled with injuries and illnesses during his second year; he missed the 2014 Iowa game with a concussion and bronchitis, for example. He was still an All-Big Ten pick despite more attention from opponents. He’d gained weight after the season and tested well at the NFL Combine and in NU’s pro day in Lincoln.
Gregory had been projected as a surefire first-round NFL draft pick, but the failed test could change that; one of the NFL’s top pass rushers last season, Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Justin Houston, plummeted to the third round of the 2011 draft after a failed drug test. The 6-foot-5, 238-pounder had signed a shoe and apparel contract with Nike in recent weeks. Thursday, Andrew Brandt, former vice president of the Packers and now a NFL analyst for Sports Illustrated’s Monday Morning Quarterback, wrote on Twitter that some teams would affix “a little cannabis sticker” to Gregory’s player card in their draft rooms because of the positive tests.
Although, recreational marijuana use is now legal in two states — Colorado and Washington — that have NFL teams, positive tests for marijuana still bring harsh penalties in the league. The latest cautionary tale is Pro Bowl wideout Josh Gordon, suspended in February by the NFL for a year after another positive drug test.
Former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini was a staunch opponent of marijuana use, so much that during his final appearance at the Big Red Breakfast last August, he launched into a critique of its prevalence.
“Let’s face it, it’s not OK,” Pelini said. “I think everybody that’s our age, my age, hopefully understands that it’s not OK. It’s not good. It’s not good for you. And these kids do it on a daily basis and a yearly basis … and it’s a real problem out there.
“Fortunately for us it is not (an issue) in our program. But I can tell you around college football and college athletics … serious in college. I guarantee you walk into dorms nowadays and it is a horrible problem.”