a reply to: JDmOKI
Yessir, whatever I say is correct, but I’m not your pal.
The crux of my post was about the NFL’s hypocrisy. Clearly, that went over your head. Read my posts again — context is your friend and I
You, on the other hand, blabbed about not giving more reason to hate the Patriots, and if Gordon wanted to play ball he should just quit the drinking
(exempt from substance abuse list) and drugging (prescription opioids are ok but cannabis gets you a pink slip) complete stop. Too bad it isn’t
that easy. Even with solid support.
I’ll leave the rational choice theory and where addiction fits into it for someone else, but suffice to say he didn’t make a rational decision in
forfeiting $15M - $100M in career earnings because he chose to be a broke, uneducated 35-year old simply happy with his daily joint/pill/blow to the
nose/etc. just because that’s what he truly wanted over fame and millions. Much like those pushing up daisies due to the Opioid Epidemic that,
according to the CDC, has contributed to Americans’ life expectancy failing to increase year-over-year for the first time since WWI. Hell, not only
did it not increase year-over-year, life expectancy actually fell in 2017.
There’s nothing rational about addiction, but you sure asserted the notion that he had an easy choice to stop drinking and doing drugs in lieu of
earning generational wealth. Seems like a pretty easy choice, rationally...but addiction isn’t rational nor is it a quick fix. And if he needs 5
times, 6 times, or 100 times to get it right then so be it as long as he becomes healthy. Football aside.
One thing is unequivocal: numbers don’t lie and Gordon’s numbers are All-Pro. When he was on the field he produced; he didn’t just wake up
and strap ‘em up for 16 Sundays a year pulling down those numbers (with literally the worst team in the history of the NFL). He put in the work.
His substance abuse affected his availability to perform, but it sure as hell didn’t affect his ability to perform.
But whatever. The OP was about the NFL’s a$$-backward cannabis policy and that’s what I commented on and about...Irsay gets popped with a
pharmacy in his trunk, blitzed beyond comprehension, and was fined $500k (the six-game ‘suspension’ had zero impact on the on-field product) and
isn’t subject to the NFl’s substance abuse protocol, so as long as he doesn’t pass out in his car again, he’s free to wash down as many
Percocets with Jack Daniels as he fancies.
Meanwhile, the guy (John Q. Public player) who pissed hot for smoking weed is forever subjected to random drug tests, where one slip up by John Q.
Public cost him half a season or more and a far more punitive financial punishment. But, yeah, if you’re not an addict and showed drunk to your
job, I’d have reason to believe it was bad decision-making and I believe it warrants some penalty...because after reckoning with your penalty,
you’d rationally decide not to make a 2nd or 3rd attempt at doing it.
An addict, on the other hand, will irrationally excuse their behavior and continue to self-harm. Not because they’re intrinsically rewarded by
misusing whatever vice, but because their mental health is diseased.
I LOVE watching NFL games. It’s a passion. First thing I bought with my first signing bonus was Redskins’ 2007 season tickets and have done so
for the following 11 seasons...that in-of-itself is irrational given the owner and that I have never lived within a 4.5 drive of FedEx Field (even
kept them those couple years I was in Austin). So, I’m a bit jaded when it comes to Goodell and the NFL’s hypocrisy concerning ‘player
safety’ and substance abuse. Really boils down to the hypocrisy, political double-speak, it’s anti-trust exemption, but most importantly, it’s
the non-sensical approach to cannabis. The NFL refuses to tacitly endorse cannabis’s legit potential for athletes’ aches and pains due to their
largest advertisers’ monopoly on intoxicants. Not to mention, the pimp slap Big Pharma would hit the NFL with if word got out they (NFL training
staffs/doctors) were steering players away from manufactured drugs in lieu of cannabis.
Just out of curiosity (in case you didn’t read that part of my earlier post), do you think smoking cannabis should disqualify you from employment in
the NFL and/or driving drunk and killing a human? Seriously, because not only has it happened once that a drunken player killed another human and was
allowed to play again, but I can think of three right off the top of my head: Leonard Little killed a mother and wife and played again, Donte
Stallworth drunkenly ran over a man and killed him (he fled the scene claiming he didn’t know he hit a human) and played again, and Josh Brent got
drunk and crashed his car killing another player and played (or at least was on the Cowboys practice squad after he killed him).
Yeah, they’re the rules and it’s obvious when it comes to cannabis (yes, it will come out Gordon pissed hot for THC) the punishment will be
leveled with a hard smack of Goodell’s gavel, but does being an addict warrant a bigger penalty than being directly responsible for the death of
another human because of alcohol? Cause you can drink like a fish as long as you suit up. Don’t believe me, google Santana Moss and Clinton Portis
taking shots of Hennessy before each game for a season. The hypocrisy is maddening and this turned into a stream of consciousness.