ESPN polled 226 current NFL players about marijuana use, uncovering a number of surprising data points.
In addition to some damning opinions about legalization, the effectiveness of painkillers vs. cannabis, and how easy it is to beat the NFL’s testing system, the poll revealed that 22% of players have known a teammate to use marijuana before a game.
The full report is worth a read, but ESPN tweeted the best bits here:
ESPN surveyed 226 players, asking them questions on the state of pain treatment in the league.
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) November 2, 2016
The survey aligns with this week’s fascinating ESPN The Magazine‘s profile of former NFL player Eugene Monroe’s cannabis crusade and a feature about NBA players lobbying for legalization on The Undefeated (another ESPN property).
Marijuana use rarely receives fair, thoughtful coverage from the mainstream sports media. Could this be, with so many states having legalization initiatives on next week’s ballots, a well-timed turning point?