Former NBA Star Says 80 Percent Of Current Players Smoke Weed
People always seem to forget professional athletes are regular people too.
Sure, they possess superhuman athletic ability that earns them millions of dollars, but that doesn't mean they don't do regular sh*t, like shop for their own groceries, pay their taxes or smoke a fat*ss blunt at the end of the day.
Former Chicago Bulls guard Jay Williams has always been upfront with what the culture is really like in the NBA. In a 2013 interview, he admitted some of his teammates would even show up to games high, saying,
Guys were on the bench, trying to kick it to girls in the stands, having ball boys run over. I mean, some guys were high. There were guys smoking weed before games. Guys asking in the middle of the game, 'Do you smell popcorn?'
But in a recent interview with Fox Business, he went in detail to say that anywhere from "75 to 80 percent" of current players are smoking weed.
While he's not saying these are the same guys showing up to games high, Jay explains there is still a stigma about marijuana in the NBA, especially compared to the super addictive pain killers that are prescribed for players,
It's easy for doctors to prescribe you Oxycontin, and look, I was addicted to it for five-plus years, so I know. But when you say marijuana, you get a reaction, 'Ahhh, it's a gateway drug.'
With the way the culture is changing, especially in California, Jay Williams believes the NBA needs to be more realistic. He said,
You see pictures of guys in California going in and getting their medical marijuana cards. And I'm not just saying athletes, let's talk about society. I know a lot of people that use it. It's something that the whole world is becoming more progressive with. So it's about time some of these entities do as well.
In the end, it's the same battle many other pro athletes are left to deal with. Either go on these risky pain pills and potentially ruin your life, or medicate with cannabis and potentially lose your career. Williams continued,
I know so many athletes that play on Percocet. Have you ever taken Percocet, by the way? It makes you way more groggy than rubbing cannabis oil into your skin. It's demonized in society too: 'Oh, he's a pothead.' No, I actually just use cannabis oil because it helps with inflammation and takes away some anxiety.
Keep applying that cannabis oil, Jay.