Thoughts on ESPN's Oregon Marijuana Story

This is from last week, but I wanted to throw a quick thought out on the subject. Last week ESPN ran a story on the Oregon football team's marijuana policy. I'm sure many people read these quotes and rolled their eyes, but I couldn't agree more.

Posted on 4/23/2012

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This quote caught my attention. From ESPN:

At Oregon, there is a long tradition of players policing themselves. Several Ducks reference a "code" followed by teammates who handle weed-related matters in-house on a case-to-case basis. "Some guys who use marijuana go out and ball because they're relaxed," says former QB Akili Smith, "but if it affects his play, you sit him down and tell him, 'Yo, it's not for you.'?" Today, that code still stands. "If you're not hurting the team, everyone's cool with it," says a current Ducks player.


Taking away the context that marijuana is illegal, isn't that exactly how we would want a team to treat the situation? If the substance in question was alchohol, or even food, I'd hope the players acted the same. Some people aren't wired to do certain activities. People will scoff at this story because of the reputation of the school, but I think this is a responsible team effort and probably has contributed to their success these last several years.


ESPN did a great job on the entire article so go check it out.

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