NY Giants Star – Positive Drug Test
From the outside looking in, it makes absolutely no sense why a professional athlete would use drugs. I mean, of course, they are under stress. And of course, they want to get an edge (or take the edge off). But for crying out loud, they are tested more often than any other profession on earth. Airline pilots, whose hands we put our lives in, are not drug tested as often as professional athletes. Nor are bus drivers, who barrel down highways with 50 passengers. Members of Congress don’t get tested at all! But for the men and women who get millions to play a sport … drug tests are part of the game now.
Yet athletes, despite all of the societal and financial implications of getting busted, keep on smoking and injecting drugs. For one thing, it shows you the power and the allure of drugs, at least to those who use. Regardless of what would seem to be the highest possible disincentives for drug use, they take the risk anyway.
In latebreaking news, Giants player Will Hill was suspended for 4 games for marijuana use. As much as I am in favor of drug testing (full disclosure…I run a drug testing company), I am scratching my head on this one. 4 games for marijuana? First of all, it’s not a drug that improves your performance on the field in any way, shape, or form! You can’t argue that it gives him an advantage, or makes him a cheater. Second of all, if he did use it in his personal life, the effects would have worn off long before gametime. It’s not like steroids, which continues to give you muscular benefits for weeks or months after ingestion. And finally, isn’t marijuana legal in New Jersey with a presciption? That means if he really was clinically stressed out, his doctor could written him a script, which presumably would have made the whole thing “OK” (unless he lives in NY, in which case it’s not OK). Drug laws are a study in hypocrisy.
In any event, as a rabid Giants fan, I am disappointed to lose Hill for a month for something so minor compared with steroid use, or drug or alcohol use that would have put others at risk, or anything that would have given him a little edge in the game. It’s a ridiculous punishment for a solid player.