During Randy Moss' NFL career, in which he caught 982 passes for 15,292 yards and 156 touchdowns, he openly admitted to smoking marijuana. So, it should come as no surprise to hear Moss, who hasn't played since the 2012 season, rail against the league's marijuana policy.
When speaking with Monday Morning Quarterback's Kalyn Kahler, Moss was asked if the NFL should remove marijuana from its list of banned substances. He replied, "I think the NFL just needs to loosen up the rules and let everybody live."
The issue of marijuana has been widely discussed this offseason. Several former and current players have pushed the NFL to consider allowing players to use it as a way to deal with the rigors of the game. At the very least, many players say they want the NFL to research how marijuana can help players cope with pain. It seems Moss agrees with those current and former players, which include Eugene Monroe and Jake Plummer.
Kahler also asked Moss about Dolphins' first-round pick Laremy Tunsil, who experienced a drastic fall on draft day after a video that appeared to show him smoking with a gas mask was released. According to Moss, scouts and teams aren't correctly judging "character issues," as he told MMQB:
My definition of "character issues" is based on if a guy is hurting his teammates. I think when you are caught on camera smoking something or slamming a six-pack of beer, that's not a character issue. I think if a guy is out there driving under the influence, beating women or doing something that will really hurt others, that's where you have to be able to draw the line. I don't know what [Tunsil] was smoking in the video on social media, but he wasn't hurting nobody. He was just doing it to himself. So people are calling that a character issue? That's not a character issue; the young man is just being himself. There are a lot worse things out there that people can put on social media. I think the impact is based on hurting anybody else and putting anybody else's life at risk. There are certain things where you have to draw the line. But there is going to be something new every year, so get ready for this story for next year.
That, of course, sounds reasonable enough. However, as long as the NFL outlaws marijuana, teams will continue to view marijuana usage as a red flag. After all, the drug can ruin a player's career due to suspensions -- just look at the Browns' Josh Gordon, who's been one of the best receivers in the game when on the field, but hasn't played since 2014 due to failed drug tests.
At this season's past Super Bowl, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell didn't make it sound like the policy will be changing in the near future.
"It's an NFL policy and we believe it's the correct policy for now and in the best interest of our players and the long-term health of our players," Goodell said.