a blog by La Kifo
Martavis Bryant is facing a yearlong suspension from the NFL for failing to abide the leagues substance abuse policy. Josh Gordon was waiting to be reinstated after a year long suspension himself for the same offense when he failed another drug test a month ago. Currently Gordon is still waiting to be reinstated, something that may not happen soon. Both players have violated the leagues substance abuse policy multiple times. Which serves me the question, Will stupid people ever learn?
Failing a drug test is never a good thing, but it can be understandable, the first time. Once you become a repeat offender, failing multiple tests, an apparent problem comes to light. In a real world job that drug tests, if you fail a single drug test you are more likely to fail more if you do not change your behavior. It effectively makes people change their ways if the company gives them another chance.
The NFL is not a real job. No professional sport is. So the guidelines and conduct rules in some ways are less strict. Especially the substance abuse policy. If I know one thing about sports, it is that drug testing for players who have never failed one are a joke. The tests are always either announced or held on the same day (Players every year know what day the test is), every year and if you pass that is the only test you are required to take, for the entire season.
All you have to do is quit the refer or whatever vice you so chose for a month. A month is kind of a while, but it is one month out of 12. The other 11, they can literally whatever they want. Chandler Jones smoked synthetic weed before the AFC championship game, Wes Welker did molly at the breeders cup. Those are the stories we know about, I guarantee there are a million more stories that less than 10 people know.
The jokes about Gordon have been made a few too many times, but seriously what is he doing? If he smokes too much to play in the NFL, how long will he last in a normal job? If he keeps this up, he won't make another dollar in the league. He'll have to go back to selling cars and that is not something I imagine he was good at. At this point Gordon is done, he missed his opportunity to make some serious money off of his talent. If this is a lesson for anyone, it should be for Martavis Bryant. If Bryant keeps up the same behavior, his career will follow the exact same arch as Gordons. A total waste of time and talent.
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