Steve Kerr isn’t into weed, but he gets it.
Tucked in the back half of the podcast was Kerr’s thoughts on the increasing legalization/decriminalization of marijuana, along with his stance on whether the NBA and other major sports leagues eventually will have to change their drug policies to reflect new realities in the changing landscape of drug enforcement in the U.S.
Kerr said yes — the leagues should and will change their policies, admitting that even he had tried marijuana in the past year in the hopes it would help alleviate his chronic back pain.
“I’m not a pot person,” Kerr said. “It doesn’t agree with me. I’ve tried it a few times and it did not agree with me at all…I might actually get in trouble for this, but I’ve actually tried it twice during the last year when I’ve been going through this pain, this chronic pain I’ve been dealing with.”
Kerr also called out the NFL and it’s exceptionally harsh marijuana punishments against players who face dramatic physical trauma on a weekly basis.
“I think it’s only a matter of time before the NBA, the NFL and Major League Baseball realize that…especially for these NFL guys who are basically involved in a car wreck every Sunday, and maybe four days later the following Thursday, which is another insane thing that the NFL does…but I would hope that league would come to its senses…I’m not the expert on this, but I do know this…if you’re an NFL player and you’ve got a lot of pain, I don’t think there’s any question that pot is better for your body than Vicodin.”
Dan is on Twitter. Allow athletes to use medical marijuana for pain management like the rest of us? It’d be a lot cooler if you did, Sports.