The times are changing. With an increasing number of states legalizing marijuana and the desire to find out its health benefits, the country’s views on cannabis has softened as it’s become more widely accepted—except in sports. From NFL stars to NBA ballers to the top MMA fighters, these are six of the strongest advocates for medical marijuana.
Williams is arguably the most famous marijuana smoker in NFL history, earning multiple weed-related suspensions while playing in the league. Williams even quit playing football to smoke marijuana–that’s dedication! Now that he’s retired from the gridiron, the former Texas star running back is a partner in the first cannabis gym–Power Plant Fitness–based in San Francisco.
After Nick Diaz tested positive for marijuana and was suspended for five years, Rousey came out swinging in defense of her fellow UFC fighter. Following UFC 193, Rousey said she was against testing for marijuana, and that it’s “only tested for political reasons.” UFC commentator (and cannabis connoisseur) Joe Rogan has strongly implied that he’s gotten high with Rousey.
Plummer–the former star Broncos QB–is an advocate for cannabidiol (CBD), a component of the plant that can help with a plethora of ailments. After taking CBD oil for a year, Plummer, at the age of 41, joked that he was going to make an NFL comeback since he was feeling so healthy.
Typically, active NFL players aren’t advocates for medicinal marijuana until they retire. That wasn’t the case with Monroe. Monroe, along with Plummer, have been two of the biggest proponents for active and retired players to use CBD. The former first-round pick has put his money where his mouth is by donating money to help in researching if marijuana can help protect the brain.
While he was starring in the NBA, Cliff Robinson was lovingly known as Uncle Cliffy. In his post-NBA career, Robinson goes by Uncle Spliffy. That’s the name of his upcoming marijuana store. Robinson—who played eight season with the Trail Blazers—has plans to open the store in Portland. The former “Survivor” contestant is also an advocate for lighter penalties for players who test positive for the banned drug.
Williams’ former teammate in New Orleans, Turley, has credited marijuana for saving his life. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, the former offensive lineman said that taking painkillers caused him to struggle with rage, anxiety and depression. In 2015, Turley started using marijuana, and his suicidal and homicidal tendencies subsided.