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The Trouble With Positive Pot Tests

There’s an interesting poll at Dan Patrick’s web page today regarding the various red flags that could arise in the pre-draft process. Currently, the lowest result is testing positive for marijuana, at four percent. But here’s the problem, as we’ve previously pointed out and as Mike Mayock of NFLN mentioned on Patrick’s show today. It’s not that a guy smokes marijuana; plenty pro athletes do. One front-office exec told me recently that he thinks 50 percent of his team’s players smoke it. The problem is that, when a player knows a test is coming and can’t generate clean urine, the player is either very stupid, or he’s an addict. So if a guy can’t avoid smoking pot when he knows the stakes, he could become the next Ricky Williams, with a four-game suspension followed by a one-year banishment -- and possibly a one-year retirement aimed at avoiding a separate one-year banishment. Drafting a guy like that can get people fired. That’s why a positive marijuana result from the Scouting Combine is such a big deal.