Drugs Are Bad MMMMkayy
Interesting report from Deadspin that states that DEA agents engaged in unannounced searches of several NFL locker rooms today. This comes on the heels of a class action lawsuit filed by a large number of former players, alleging that team doctors were pumping them full of dangerous and addictive drugs to get them to play through pain and injury. As football is continuously evaluated from a health and safety perspective, this adds a new angle to the story.
First off - NO POLITICS - this thread is to discuss the impact on sports at both the NCAA and pro level of the recent law change in CO and WA from last night. I cleared this with the mods on Twitter before posting and as long as we keep it to sports, this topic is fine. This thread is not to discuss the pros/cons of pot laws themselves, the impact of these laws on federal drug policy, whether or not drugs are even bad or not, or the politics behind such laws in the first place. Keep it to sports only or risk the mods' wrath.
That being said, as we know last night CO & WA legalized recreational pot. I am curious as to what impact if any this will have on sports in those states. Since it is still illegal on the federal level, a player still risks major punishments if they choose to partake of the drug.
On the NCAA level - pot is still a banned drug by the NCAA. Unless they change the NCAA regulations (which I think is unlikely barring a federal law change), a player busted with pot or one that fails a drug test still faces a 1 year competition ban for their first offense and loses a year of eligibility. (LINK to NCAA drug policy) I'd think that a player that is serious about their athletics would have to be pretty foolish to risk losing their ability to play the sport. The only thing I'm sure of is that people will make even more jokes about why someone would go to play in CO or WA in the future, but I really don't see this having too much of an impact on those states' collegiate teams because the coaches will have to be idiots to not hammer home just what the player stands to lose if they use pot. I'm sure the first couple of year long suspensions will further drive home the point.
On the professional level though, I can see this having more of an impact. I can see more pro athletes buying property in CO or WA, and/or suddenly viewing Denver or Seattle as desirable teams to play for, and I wouldn't be surprised if we hear of an increase of arrests of players in the offseason on federal drug charges. And altough the NBA supposedly has banned players from doing drugs, a number of players have admitted to using pot in the offseason (or some even during the season) without any punishment from the NBA. The NFL is harsher, suspending players for failing drug tests (Ricky Williams for one example) but I'm sure there are probably many players there using it as well. Not so sure on the NHL or MLB in terms of usage by players or punishments from the leagues.
What are your thoughts on this? Will we suddenly see a flood of pro talent head to Seattle and Denver? How many NCAA players will get nailed for failing a test? I'm curious on everyone's thoughts, and remember, no politics, sports only.
MSU's Derrick Nix was arrested Monday night in East Lansing on charges of operating a vehicle with the presence of drugs and marijuana possession, according to East Lansing 54-B District Court records.
UPDATE (quote from Izzo):
“Based on the information we have received, Derrick Nix has been suspended indefinitely from our basketball team, and his future with our program is uncertain. He made an irresponsible decision that has put his future with our program in serious jeopardy.”