Once A Blazer, Always A Blazer — Cliff Robinson, ‘Uncle Spliffy,’ Starting A Pot-Growing Business In Oregon
Not only was he known as Uncle Cliffy for five NBA teams (most notably the Trail Blazers from 1989-97), but he was also a contestant on Survivor Palaui. But now there's another major credit for former NBA All-Star (1994) Cliff Robinson.
Those who followed his career know that he also had another nickname with the Phoenix Suns -- Uncle Spliffy. And he's now made that official with his new role as a "cannabis advocate" and weed growing business in Portland, Ore.
The business will open later this year. And Robinson, 49, and will be a featured speaker at the Cannabis Collaborative Conference on Feb. 3-4 in Portland, Ore. KOIN 6 News, Portland:
“I think I’ve always been an advocate for cannabis. (It's) calming, calm my stomach, calm my nerves a little bit. So from that standpoint, I see a lot of positives.”
Robinson was arrested for marijuana possession and driving under the influence while with the Phoenix Suns in 2001, and also served suspensions in 2005 and '06 for violations of the NBA's drug policy.
Recreational marijuana is now legal in Oregon, as well as Alaska, Colorado, and Washington.
But it's still illegal in the NBA, a fact that Robinson wants to help change.
"When I did it, it was wrong. I did it, I was wrong, I paid the penalty. But now we're in a new time, and we're trying to move forward."
The legend is growing anew:
Use this time to think about which uncle in *your* life is the Uncle Spliffy. Not so fast, my nieces and nephews.
— Dan Devine (@YourManDevine) January 21, 2016
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