Here comes yet another confirmation of the NFL’s worst-kept secret—NFL players smoke marijuana. Former tight end Martellus Bennett revealed as such on a “Bleacher Report” podcast last week when hosts Chris Simms and Adam Lefkoe asked if over 70 percent of the league uses cannabis.
“I want to say about 89 percent,” Bennett said.
One of the hosts was surprised by the number, as that indicates over four out of every five NFL players smoke marijuana. Bennett was then asked if he’s more surprised when a teammate doesn’t smoke weed. “Oh you don’t smoke, bro?” he replied.
How many players in the NFL smoke weed? Over/Under: 70%
Martellus Bennett says WAY OVER pic.twitter.com/Nf8041rvNZ
— Simms & Lefkoe (@SimmsAndLefkoe) April 11, 2018
Bennett explained how dangerous and addictive painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs can be—which is why more players now turn to marijuana. In fact it’s why former and current NFL players have advocated for the league to remove cannabis from its banned substances list.
“There’s medical marijuana,” Bennett said. “So it’s like, there’s times of the year where your body just hurts so bad, but you don’t want to be popping pills all the time. There are anti-inflammatory drugs you take so long that they start to eat at your liver, kidneys and things like that. A human made that. God made weed.”
NFL players are only subject to testing for marijuana and other drugs of abuse from April through August. Once a player passes that test, he won’t be subject to another test until the following year.