Daily Buzz: NFL’s marijuana policy, amazing Olympic skeleton helmets, Ross’ jam on Faried

Before Commissioner Roger Goodell and the leage decide whether to allow NFL players to use marijuana, they have plenty to consider.  

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Marijuana. You’ve heard of it. The herb has been in the news a lot lately, what with it being legal for recreational use in two states and with public opinion now favoring its legalization nationwide.

With attitudes toward it changing, the NFL — not exactly America’s most progressive institution — has opened its mind to relaxing its policy against marijuana. Commissioner Roger Goodell has recently said the league would consider allowing players to use marijuana for medical purposes.

That would align NFL policy with the laws of 20 states. In practice, these laws amount to, “You can have pot if you’re in pain."

Enter New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, to slice right through this all for you.

"We’re just going to do it anyway,” he told NJ.com.

And that, more or less, is the core argument against criminalization of marijuana (and, more broadly, the so-called “war on drugs”). The law isn’t stopping people from using pot and neither, according to Cromartie, is the NFL drug policy.

Cromartie’s position on the issue is that of a pragmatist. If the policy isn’t an effective deterrent, then what is the point of it?

Well, as with all things corresponding to major corporate brands or public institutions, there is the matter of image. Under federal law, marijuana is still illegal. A unilateral green light from the league office would position the NFL in open political opposition to the federal law. And while there would be no direct consequence to that, it still seems like an unlikely move for an otherwise apolitical institution.

Of course, there is no law requiring employers to test for it, and the NFL could quietly end that practice. In the meantime, Cromartie might be best off keeping his inclinations to himself.

Now, Wednesday’s link roundup:

Shaun White says this new slopestyle event is too dangerous and withdraws.

The Guardian re-enacted the Super Bowl with Legos.

If you brought a phone or a computer to Sochi, NBC News has bad news for you: It’s totally getting hacked.

Check out this awesome animation of Terrence Ross dunking on Kenneth Faried.

Because why the hell not, a GIF of Les Miles’ head on Bruno Mars’ dancing body to celebrate signing day.

Whoa. These Olympic skeleton helmets are gnarly.


On NPR, Frank Deford has an interesting editorial on Putin’s Olympics.

This high-school basketball game ended a buzzer-beating, half-court alley-oop.

Ken Griffey, Jr. talks to Sporting News about his famous 1989 Upper Deck rookie card.