With the looming prospect of traumatic brain injury potentially befalling an NFL player, you would think the league would be more open to safer, less addictive ways to treat pain and injury.
But this is the NFL we are talking about. An industry that pimps black physicality as opposed to black intelligence and leaves it players brain-dead without nary the support one would receive if they joined a fucking labor union. And our boys on the gridiron are suffering because of it.
Which is why this latest news of an NFL players pot arrest really got my blood boiling. You have NFL players beating the brakes off their significant others and then you have dudes like Oakland Raiders Aldon Smith and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster, who, like many not-famous-but-black men before him was arrested last Friday in Alabama and charged with second-degree possession of marijuana.
Like many potheads in the NFL (don’t act surprised), Foster is no stranger to issues with Mary Jane. Last year Foster failed a drug test at the NFL Combine and hosted a party that was sponsored by a vaporizer company during the NFL draft. Talk about obvious.
A statement from the 49’ers Friday night may leave open the prospect of Foster continuing to play for the team, although ultimately his fate remains uncertain: “The San Francisco 49ers organization is aware of the matter involving Reuben Foster and we are currently gathering all relevant facts.”
Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest database indicates Foster, who just finished his rookie season, was arrested when Tuscaloosa Police encountered Foster and “found probable cause to arrest him.” The release did not indicate whether he was pulled over, why police suspected he had marijuana or how much they say he had. Bond was set at $2,500 which Foster successfully posted.
What’s next for Foster? Unfortunately, his proclivity for the ganja could land him in some serious hot water if he doesn’t keep it here in California. It is likely Foster will miss at least one next season. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said the NFL most likely will suspend Foster for one game, if not more. This is standard protocol for a player in Stage 2 of the NFL’s Substance Abuse Program, which Foster found himself after his most recent failed drug test.
Can’t we let them just smoke already?
My name is Petey Wheatstraw, also known as Charles Stevens. I’m an avid marijuana smoker, writer, devoted father and non-profit minion– not necessarily in that order. A Chicago native I’ve lived off and on in the Bay Area since 1996. Seven years ago I finally settled here to capture the changing face of our communities.