In case you haven’t already heard the news, Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders earned himself a five-game suspension yesterday for violating the NBA’s drug policy after testing positive for marijuana. This the third such violation of Sanders’ career, and while he was apologetic for letting the team and all nine Bucks fans down, he did take the opportunity of his interview with the Journal-Sentinel to voice his opinion on the legality of his herb of choice.
“It’s something I feel strongly about, just to let you know something personal about me. I will deal with the consequences from it. It’s a banned substance in my league. But I believe in marijuana and the medical side of it. I know what it is if I’m going to use it.”
Sure, Larry. We understand. You’ve dealt with some injury issues and the prescribed painkillers that team physicians can give you don’t really compare to that joint you rolled on your coffee table.
“I study it and I know the benefits it has. In a lot of ways we’ve been deprived. You can’t really label it with so many other drugs that people can be addicted to and have so many negative effects on your body and your family and your relationships and impairment. This is not the same thing.”
What’s that, Larry? You study it? Tell us more about how deprived you millionaire athletes are since your league won’t let you use illegal drugs. If any of use regular citizens test positive for pot, we get worse than a five-game suspension.
Let’s remember that this is the same guy who got into a night club fight right after the season started and tore a ligament in his thumb, sidelining him for eight weeks. But let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that he would never do something like smoke marijuana recreationally because he enjoys it and not because it provides him any medicinal benefits. That would be crazy, right?