Despite what many people would like to believe, it’s a thing—star athletes enjoy cannabis too, and not just for medical reasons.
Michael Phelps is hands down one of the most famous Olympians, widely known for his success in the 2008 Beijing summer olympics where he won 8 gold medals. He’s the most decorated olympian of all time — ad he just happened to get caught taking a rip from a bong at a party.
Another summer Olympian who is well-known for being the fastest is Usain Bolt. He admitted to trying it when he was growing up in Jamaica.
Ross Rebagliati is a Canadian Olympic athlete from Whistler, British Columbia, who was the first to ever win a gold medal for men’s snowboarding in the winter 1998 Olympics in Japan. His medal was stripped from him briefly for testing positive for THC, but as it was not a banned substance, he was given it back. He now owns a medical marijuana company in Canada.
Carmelo Anthony, an extremely successful basketball player, has been cited for marijuana possession when authorities discovered it in his backpack while travelling in 2004 and in his car when his roommate was stopped in a routine traffic check. Although he escaped both charges, we can confidently say that Carmelo Anthony has enjoyed some marijuana in his time.
The highly decorated, retired football star, Randy Moss, who holds the record of most touch down receptions in a single season, admitted that he used cannabis during his NFL career.
This wide receiver of the San-Francisco 49ers is best known for his unbelievable “front flip” touchdown. Jerome Simpson was detained after police seized a large package of marijuana that was enroute to his house. Upon further investigation, they found 6 pounds of cannabis in his home.
In 2011, Fairley was picked 13th in the first round of the NFL draft. The St.Louis Rams Defensive Tackle was arrested in Mobile, Alabama for marijuana possession in 2012.
As you can see, smoking up in sports is not unheard of—in fact it is quite common. This list could go on — it is said that at least 50% of NFL players and 60% of NBA players use cannabis. If this doesn’t disprove the stereotype that stoners are lazy and unsuccessful, we don’t know what would.
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