Warriors' Draymond Green agrees with Steve Kerr on marijuana vs. painkillers
And the league issues a statement on the coach's comments
Here's your first update on the "Steve Kerr tried using marijuana to try to ease his awful back pain" situation: Golden State Warriors coach Draymond Green found his coach's comments entirely reasonable, especially when it comes to marijuana use being preferable when the alternative is painkillers like Vicodin and Toradol.
"I think everything in this world, when it first hits the surface, everybody's against it," Green said, via the San Jose Mercury News' Anthony Slater. "As you read into it more, you figure out more stuff and then people kind of adjust do it. I can't say that I've read into it much. I've never been a guy who has done it, period, so I can't say that I know much about it. But from what I hear from, whether it's football guys, I think a lot of them do it because of all the pain that they go through. And when you read Steve's comments, it makes a lot of sense. You look at something that comes from the earth -- any vegetable that comes from the earth, they encourage you to eat it, you know? So I guess it does make a little sense, as opposed to giving someone a manufactured pill. Like, if something takes your pain away the way some of these pills do, it can't be all good for you. So I guess it makes a lot of sense, when you look at, he talked about Vicodin and Toradol -- like, you can be completely hurting and then take a Toradol shot and go through a game and feel nothing. Is that really good for you over the course of time? I doubt it.
"So I think it makes a lot of sense, what he said, when you really dive into what he actually said and not the initial thought of, Oh man, it's weed," Green continued. "Once you get past that thought of it and the perception that's been of it for so long, and actually look at it, it makes a lot of sense. But I think, of course, we live in a world where the first thing that pops on your phone is, "Steve Kerr said he smoked weed twice." 'Cause they want the headline. And then you read it and you're like, Man, this makes a lot of sense. So I don't know, does the league ever adjust do that? Maybe, maybe not. Are they scared of the perception? Probably so."
Video of his comments:
Draymond Green said he hasn't used marijuana, but Steve Kerr's comments about its medical benefits over pain-killers make sense pic.twitter.com/8uGsknI5VU— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 3, 2016
Your second update, courtesy of ESPN's Chris Haynes: Everybody's going to be speculating about what method Kerr used to consume the marijuana now.
A minor clarification on Steve Kerr usage of marijuana for back pain: I'm told smoking wasn't the way he consumed it.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) December 3, 2016
Your third update, a statement from NBA spokesperson Mike Bass via ESPN:
"All of our coaches are drug tested each season. Marijuana is included on our banned substances list. There are medical exceptions to our policy but, in this case, it's not relevant because Steve said he did not find marijuana to be helpful in relieving his back pain."
"For every performance-enhancing drug, there is the ability to get an exception. And if there is medicinal value to it, you get an exception. Period, end of story. So I don't think it's any big conversation or discussion, because if it was for a medical reason ... There's guys across professional sports that take testosterone, because medically, they need to do it. Why would this be any different? You just tell the league. One way to get in trouble is to not allow somebody to do what it is that they need to do to get healthy or do their job. So I've got no problem with that."
With laws about recreational marijuana softening across the country, it would not be surprising if the NBA eventually softened its stance on using it. The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor, however, reported last month that the new league's new collective bargaining agreement is not expected to include a change in marijuana policy.
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