SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 2: Former NBA basketball player Jay Williams addresses a press conference on September 2, Seoul in South Korea. NBA Basketball players Jerry Stackhouse and Jay Williams will appear at the 2004 adidas Streetball Challenge Asian final in Seoul. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Jay Williams: Many NBA players use marijuana

Former NBA player, and current ESPN college basketball analyst, Jay Williams believes there’s a double standard in the way private institutions, like the NBA, deal with marijuana. Williams tells, it’s time the NBA gets more progressive when it comes to marijuana.

“It’s easy for doctors to prescribe you Oxycontin and look I was addicted to it for five plus years so I know. But when you say marijuana you get a reaction, ahhh, it’s a gateway drug.”

Williams estimates that 75 to 80 percent of NBA players use marijuana.

“You see pictures of guys in California going in and getting their medical marijuana cards. And I’m not just saying athletes, let’s talk about society. I know a lot of people that use it. It’s something that the whole world is becoming more progressive with. So it’s about time some of these entities do as well.”

“I know so many athletes that play on Percocet. Have you ever taken Percocet by the way? It makes you way more groggy than rubbing cannabis oil into your skin. It’s demonized in society too. Oh, he’s a pot head. No, I actually just use cannabis oil because it helps with inflammation and takes away some anxiety.”

“I’m not condoning for anyone under 18 to use cannabis or marijuana, but from a medical perspective, it’s about time some of these brands like the NBA and MLB become a little bit more progressive and start thinking forward instead of being held captive in the past.”

The NBA strictly prohibits marijuana use. According to the anti-drug agreement:

If a player tests positive for marijuana, or he is convicted of the use or possession of marijuana in violation of the law, he will be required to enter the Marijuana Program. A second positive test for marijuana will result in a $25,000 fine and the player’s re-entry into the Marijuana Program. A third positive test for marijuana will result in a five-game suspension and the player’s re-entry into the Marijuana Program. A fourth (or any subsequent) positive test for marijuana will result in a suspension that is five (5) games longer than the player’s immediately-preceding suspension.

Currently, 23 states have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes. The NBA has teams in those states but still prohibits its players from using medical cannabis.

Marcelo Villa

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Marcelo is an associate editor at The Sports Daily, and has covered the San Diego Chargers for Bleacher Report. He also writes for Sportsdirect Inc.