NFL Still Bans Denver Broncos From Marijuana Use Even When It’s LegalWritten by Paul Dzirvinskis on September 2nd, 2007
What does this mean for Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks players?
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has made it clear that these states legalizing marijuana will not change anything with the way the league handles drug testing and suspensions. Marijuana has always been on the NFL’s substance abuse list and if tested positive for marijuana, a player faces up to a four-game suspension. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello says that’s not about the change.
“The NFL’s policy is collectively bargained and will continue to apply in the same manner it has for decades. Marijuana remains prohibited under the NFL substance abuse program.”
Can the NFL tell its players that they cannot do something that is legal? They sure can. It’s like any other job-if you’re a school teacher and you place photos of yourself drinking with some students out partying, you’re going to get fired even if those students were not drinking and were old enough to be at the club.
It could even be as simple as not following the dress code. At any job, if you are not wearing the style of clothes that the employer has asked you to wear then you could be fired or reprimanded.
It’s simple: If an employer has rules to follow to work for them, then their employees have to follow those rules or face consequences.