Law & Policy: Drugs & Alcohol
- Can Public Opinion Sway NFL's Stance on Marijuana?
by Jarrett Bell November 2016
Damned if they do, damned if they don't. That's the yin and yang of the marijuana issue as it pertains to the NFL drug policy. Voters in seven states last week approved cannabis -- either for recreational or medicinal use -- and, by extension, advanced the argument that the league's ban on it (officially) is like something out of the Stone Age. If you're keeping score, that's 28 states plus the District of Columbia that legally allow weed in one form or another.
- Bears' Jeffery Suspended Four Games for Violation
by Andrew Seligman November 2016
Star receiver Alshon Jeffery was suspended Monday for four games without pay for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the latest staggering blow for the reeling Chicago Bears. It was another dose of bad news for a team that lost several players to injuries in an embarrassing 36-10 loss at Tampa Bay that left the Bears with a 2-7 record.
- Opinion: States Ahead of NFL on Marijuana Policy
by Paul Woody November 2016
When the Dallas Cowboys played the Seattle Seahawks in a preseason game this past summer, Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott was seen going into a marijuana dispensary. A buzz occurred in the news cycle. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, when asked, said he didn 't like the image of one of his players in such a place. There were no reports that Elliott was involved in any trouble in the shop or that he made any purchases.
- Tailgating Bills Fans Remain Challenge for Officials
by Gene Warner October 2016
The Town of Orchard Park has given up the idea of requiring owners of private parking lots outside New Era Field to apply for permits that would allow police on their properties for Buffalo Bills home games. But the larger concern remains - how to curb drunkenness, fights, thefts and social media-driven rowdyism in those lots. The main culprit is obvious. "I would say more than 90 percent of the individuals we deal with, that we make arrests on, are impaired by alcohol or drugs or both," Orchard Park Police Chief Mark F. Pacholec said.
- Blue Jays Incident Revives Call for Beer Can Ban
by Courtney Cameron October 2016
Almost a year after fans’ behavior led to a beer can ban in the upper decks of Toronto Blue Jays’ Rogers Centre for the remainder of the AL Championship Series, a new incident threatens to revive the ban.
- Hack Shows Flaws in WADA's Exemption Practices
by Rachel Axon September 2016
In releasing private medical information about dozens of Olympians over the last week, the Fancy Bears hack team has sought to reveal "dirty methods" by which athletes — specifically Americans — win their medals. But Fancy Bears, which the World Anti-Doping Agency has said is a Russian cyber espionage group, likely has fallen short of that goal, experts agreed. Rather, the hackers have exposed other cracks in the anti-doping system -- namely a lack of transparency around therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) and concerns about WADA's ability to protect athletes' information. Those concerns come at a fraught time for anti-doping, as the last year has included two investigations that revealed widespread and state-sponsored doping in Russia. Investigators found tampering during the 2014 Sochi Olympics, compliance issues in several laboratories around the world and a lack of consensus between WADA and the International Olympic Committee as to how the system should be reformed. "It's the sort of thing where, yeah, if the Fancy Bears' target was to create a scandal around American athletes, probably it missed because there's nothing really too exciting there," said Roger Pielke Jr., a professor in the sports governance program at the University of Colorado.
- Russian Group Hacks WADA, Leaks U.S. Athletes' Data
by Rachel Axon September 2016
The World Anti-Doping Agency confirmed that its database had been accessed by an outfit WADA says is a Russian cyber espionage group. Known as Fancy Bear, the group released information on U.S. athletes Simone Biles, Elena Delle Donne, Serena Williams and Venus Williams on its website Monday.
- Penn State Pushes for Liquor License
by Jason Scott February 2016
Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour has reportedly asked the Board of Trustees to approve increased alcohol sales at on-campus athletic venues.
- Understanding the Ultimate Risks of Teenage Steroid Use
by Paul Steinbach January 2016
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The signs of steroid use were there. Taylor Hooton had put on 30 pounds of muscle in less than three months.
- The AB Extra: July 31
by Laura Godlewski July 2015
In this week's AB Extra, you'll find news about PED testing at e-sport competitions, a cooling mask for athletes designed by Nike and a mouth guard made by a former NFL player that gives real time data on players' hydration and heat levels.