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Martellus Bennett Says ’89 Percent’ Of NFL Players Use Cannabis

Recently retired NFL player Martellus Bennett has a rough estimate of how many of his former compatriots smoke marijuana. It’s pretty high.

“I want to say about 89 percent,” Bennett told Chris Simms and Adam Lefkoe on their Bleacher Report podcast this week after the hosts asked him if more than 70 percent of NFL players smoke marijuana.

Bennett, who played 10 seasons for five teams, said players are turning to marijuana as a natural alternative to prescription painkillers.

“There’s medical marijuana,” Bennett said. “So it’s like, there’s times of the year where your body just hurts so bad, that you don’t want to just be popping pills all the time. . . . It ruins your liver. There’s a lot of these anti-inflammatories that you take for so long that like, it starts to eat at your liver or kidneys and things like that. And a human made that. God made weed.

Marijuana use, especially its use to combat chronic pain as compared with prescription painkillers, has become a contentious subject between the league and its players. In July, the NFL reached out to the players’ union about possibly joining forces to study the use of marijuana to combat chronic pain. [Read more at Chicago Tribune]

This Post Has 4 Comments
  1. This sucks,,,,, people can’t get hired at a damn job to feed themselves and their families… they get fired if they even have a medical card yet these people making millions are not fired? WE NEED EQUALITY ALL THE WAY AROUND.

  2. DIDN’T LIKE IT WHEN I FIRST TRIED TO POST THIS SO HERE IT IS AGAIN wtf !!!!
    This sucks,,,,, people can’t get hired at a damn job to feed themselves and their families… they get fired if they even have a medical card yet these people making millions are not fired? WE NEED EQUALITY ALL THE WAY AROUND.

  3. After decades of destroying people’s lives for cannabis use NOW THERE’S INCENTIVE TO LEGALIZE IT,,, it’s all about control…… and how much money can be made off the same people who were once thrown in prison for doing the same thing.

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