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Adrian Peterson Could Face Week In Jail For Marijuana Admission

Adrian Peterson might go to jail for marijuana admission.

Adrian Peterson might go to jail for marijuana admission.

Minnesota Vikings’ Adrian Peterson, already facing child abuse charges in Montgomery County, Texas, will get no sympathy for admitting he toked prior to submitting to a drug test. The USA Today reports that Kelly Case, the judge presiding over Peterson’s case, publicly admitted to sending people who test positive in their first court-administered drug exams to week long stint in the slammer.

Petersen confessed last week to smoking “a little weed” right before he submitted to a drug screen as part of his bail conditions. His test results have not been made public but prosecutors want Peterson arrested and his $15,000 bond revoked by Case. The video clip below, at the 28:19 mark, shows Case delivering his scared straight approach to an audience at a Texas Patriots gathering last year:

“On a first positive test, I give everybody one chance,” Case said. “I’ll stick them in jail for one week, and then I’ll pull them back out. I’ll reinstate their bond, and I’ll tell them on the record, `If you do this again and you don’t follow my rules, we’ll ask the (district attorney) to set a no-bond hearing, and we will hold you in jail.'”

However, district attorney Brett Ligon is beefing with Case, which works in Peterson’s favor. Ligon wants Case removed from the Peterson case because of comments Case made in advance of Peterson’s court appearance, as well as several disagreements and run-ins Ligon’s office has had with the judge, USA Today reported.

Peterson’s attorney says his client’s bond status won’t be ruled on until the judge issue is resolved. The Vikings’ star running back remains free while awaiting trial on a felony charge of injuring his 4-year-old son.

Peyton Manning and Papa John's founder John Schnatter

Peyton Manning Credits Colorado Pot Laws For Pizza Sales

Peyton Manning and Papa John's founder John Schnatter

Peyton Manning and Papa John’s founder John Schnatter

Peyton Manning may not be down with marijuana dispensaries naming strains after him, but the Denver Broncos quarterback is just fine with pot helping the bottom line of the 21 Papa John’s pizza chains he owns in Colorado. In a puff piece Q&A session with Sports Illustrated‘s MMWB, Manning says Colorado’s open marijuana laws without directly referring to them are a big reason his restaurants are raking in $5,00 to $6,000 a day in sales.

“There’s some different laws out here in Colorado,” Manning said. “Pizza business is pretty good out here, believe it or not, due to some recent law changes.”

But when it comes to slapping his name on a Cannabis strain, Manning draws the line. Last year, before an NFL game featuring Manning’s Broncos against his brother Eli’s New York Giants, Colorado medical marijuana dispensary Good Meds produced two strains named after the brothers to celebrate the historic match-up in the first of two states to legalize marijuana for recreational use. On labels for bags of Peyton Manning weed, it said the strain was good for pain, anxiety, nausea and headaches, while the Eli Manning strain claimed to help with multiple sclerosis, glaucoma and arthritis.

Peyton Manning strain sold by Colorado dispensary before it was pulled off the shelves.

Peyton Manning strain sold by Colorado dispensary before it was pulled off the shelves.

A hybrid that combined Chem 91 with San Fernando Valley O.G. Kush, the Peyton Manning provided “the best of both worlds, an uplifting, happy, euphoric, thought-provoking Sativa plus the body medicine of the indica,” according to the Peyton label. And it was moderately priced at approximately $280 an ounce.

However, Good Meds was forced to change the names after Manning and his brother caught wind of the strains after being contacted by reporters about it. Through hi slawyers, Peyton threatened legal action against Good Meds, saying that marijuana growers and sellers “don’t have his permission for using his name for commercial purposes.”

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Shannon Sharpe Calls Browns’ Josh Gordon A “Marijuana Junkie”

According to Shannon Sharpe, smoking weed is no different than sticking a needle in your arm or snorting a line up your nose. The former NFL tight end and current football commentator’s anti-marijuana views came to light during his appearance on ESPN’s First Take. Sharpe went on a rant about Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, who has been suspended for the season because he tested positive for marijuana, his second substance abuse offense in the NFL.

Now viewers can always expect host Skip Bayliss to spout holier-than-thou moral nonsense about how celebrity athletes should comport themselves. But given an ESPN poll of NFL players found a majority of them don’t see pot as dangerous as alcohol, Sharpe needs to lighten up. Or maybe, light up and take a chill.

During his First Take appearance, Sharpe sounded worse than John Lithgow’s dance-hating preacher in “Foot Loose.” Here’s what he said:

“if you tell Josh Gordon he has a problem, there is a good chance he is going to stop the bus he wont admit he has a problem…He is a junkie. When we call people junkies we think of meth, heroin, cocaine. Josh Gordon is a marijuana junkie. Simple. That is what he is. He can’t stop. He can’t help himself…That is what an addict does. He was willing to suffer the consequences over the reward. He just said I don’t care.”

Or maybe the NFL’s drug policy is out of touch with modern society given that the two teams (including the Denver Broncos, whom Sharpe played for) that made it to the Super Bowl are from Washington and Colorado, the two states to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Even the New York Times has called on teh federal government to end pot prohibition.

Not in Sharpe’s mind. For him, anyone who takes a toke apparently needs an intervention.

NFL players want the league to free the weed.

NFL Players Don’t Believe Marijuana Is Dangerous

NFL players want the league to free the weed.

NFL players want the league to free the weed.

One day the National Football League may actually stop punishing players for sparking up. Given that a majority of NFL ballers believe marijuana is not as dangerous of alcohol, per an ESPN players poll, it’s time for the league to accelerate that change.

Following the unfair treatment of Cleveland Browns wide reciever Josh Gordon, who is facing a season-long ban for a second positive test for marijuana use, the NFL is under pressure to change its drug policy. It is currently considering to significantly increase the threshold for a positive marijuana test and reduce the severity of punishes for those positive tests.

The ESPN.com NFL Nation poll asked players if they agreed or disagreed with President Barack Obama’s comments earlier this year that marijuana is not as dangerous as alcohol. Well, 75 percent of the 82 players who answered sided with the commander-in-chief. That’s a strong sign NFL players believe marijuana use should be tolerated by the league, especially since the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks, the two teams that played in the last Super Bowl, are located in states where recreational marijuana is legal in certain amounts.

The NFL’s substance abuse policy calls for players who test positive for marijuana to enter the league’s drug program. Repeat offenders go to Stage 2 of the program, where another positive test results in a four-game suspension. Punishments for repeated offenses after that become more severe, according to the NFL’s long and complex policy, which is 32 pages.

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Star Quarterback Nick Marshall’s Marijuana Charge Leads To Benching

Nick Marshall

Nick Marshall

Nick Marshall won’t be under center for the Auburn Tigers when his football squad takes its first snap against Arkansas Razorbacks on Aug. 30. Head football coach Gus Malzahn benched his star quarterback, as well as Auburn cornerback Jonathon Mincy, as part of their punishment for getting busted with pot this summer. In a conference call with beat reporters, Malzahn did not indicate how long Marshal and Mincy would ride the pine for smoking the cheeba.

Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall will be on the bench at the start of Auburn’s season opener on Aug. 30 against Arkansas.

Tigers coach Gus Malzahn said Friday that Marshall, who was cited for marijuana possession last month, will not start the Southeastern Conference game, but he did not indicate how long Marshall would remain on the sideline during the game.

The lack of severity in the punishment shows Malzahn probably doesn’t care that his players partake, but given college football still has a sanctimonious stand against pot use, Malzahn had to make it appear he was coming down on Mincy and Marshall, who were arrested for marijuana possession in June and July, respectively.

“I will say this: Nick Marshall is still our quarterback and Jonathon Mincy is still our cornerback,” Malzahn said. “Like I said before, my hope is this will help them in the future,” he said.

Marshall led Auburn to the Southeastern Conference title and a spot in the BCS national championship game last season, passing for 1,976 passing and accounting for 26 touchdowns. His breakout season included some memorable highlights. On November 16, 2013, Marshall threw a 73-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass to Ricardo Louis on a 4th-and-18 with 36 seconds left to defeat the Georgia Bulldogs.

Two weeks later, He led his team to a victory in the Iron Bowl over top-ranked Alabama. Marshall threw the game-tying touchdown pass with 32 seconds remaining in the epic showdown between the in-state rivals. Auburn went on to win the game on a 109-yard touchdown return from an Alabama missed field goal. The team later went on to win the SEC Championship, and earned a berth in the 2014 BCS National Championship Game and lost.