Athletes Caught with Weed (And Other Substances)

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It seems weird to single out adults for smoking marijuana of their own volition, even if they are athletes. However, the history of organized sports has made it so we remember them for these minor acts. Until this year, most professional sports organizations tested on a semi-regular basis for drugs and other banned substances. Moving forward into the 2020-2021 season, the NBA recently announced it would no longer test for marijuana, joining the NHL and Major League Baseball, the latter of whom never really tested in the first place. The hope is that one day all of these “caught” moments will be seen for what they are, petty excuses to moralize about an athlete’s character. Most of them are already viewed that way. No one really cares if J.R. Smith is high on the hardwood or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had a spliff before running some errands. There are some serious traffickers (see Nate Newton), but most of this list is just athletes who had the misfortune of running into the law with a joint on them or dropping their weed when the paparazzi took pictures. Spark one up, if that’s your thing, and let’s look at some highlights.