Not everyone is happy with a lot of the details in the new CBA. But there is one area I think most players can agree is a very good thing — no more suspensions for pot.
The country is changing. States across the nation are legalizing marijuana as the stigma attached to it is being lifted. The league needed to follow suit and it appears they have.
Where popping positive for marijuana was once an offense punishable by suspension, it is no longer according to multiple reports on the details of the new CBA. As with any offense for which a player could be suspended, multiple offenses led to greater and greater suspensions.
The first player who comes to mind — for me anyway — is former Raiders and Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant.
Jon Gruden and the Raiders acquired the talented receiver from Pittsburgh in a 2018 draft-day trade, sending a third-round pick to Pittsburgh.
Bryant was on the upswing in terms of his NFL talent and performance and received raves for his work ethic. The issue for Bryant was that he suffered from migraines that would frequently sideline him for practices and games. Gruden joked about Bryant as the “white tiger” in training camp that year.