Law & Policy: Drugs & Alcohol
- Opinion: NFL Should Update Medical Marijuana Stance
by Jerry Sullivan July 2016
Half of the states have legalized medical marijuana. Some players are using a cannabis extract that experts say aids in physical recovery and might counteract the effects of concussions.
- Josh Gordon Reinstated by NFL
by Spokesman Review July 2016
Josh Gordon's curious and complicated career has taken a new turn. He's getting yet another chance. The talented but troubled wide receiver has been reinstated on a conditional basis by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who met face to face with Gordon last week and said he believes the 25-year-old can "make the right choices" going forward. Gordon has been banned since February 2015 for multiple violations of the league's drug policies. He will be suspended for the first four games of the 2016-17 season, but he's allowed to join the team in its upcoming training camp and can participate in meetings and conditioning work. The league said once Gordon meets clinical requirements, he can take part in preseason activities, including practices and games.
- NFL Clears Manning in HGH Investigation
by Dayton Daily News July 2016
Former QB Peyton Manning and his wife were cleared by the NFL in a probe of human growth hormones and other illegal substances.
- Anti-Doping Leaders Petition IOC Boss to Ban Russia
by Christine Brennan July 2016
Pressure intensified Wednesday on the International Olympic Committee in the midst of one of the largest sports doping scandals ever when anti-doping leaders from 14 nations called upon IOC President Thomas Bach to ban Russia's Olympic committee and its athletes from the upcoming Rio Games.
- Opinion: State-Sponsored Doping Must Result in Ban
by Christine Brennan July 2016
Russian summer sports are dirty to their core, according to an independent World Anti-Doping Agency report issued Monday by Canadian attorney Richard McLaren. Russia just won the gold medal for doping: systemic, long-term, state-sponsored doping. This is Lance Armstrong times 100. Perhaps 1,000. The McLaren Report says Russia and its athletes are not to be trusted, that instead of promoting clean sport, as Russia signed on to do as a major player in the Olympic world, it has become the new East Germany.
- Marshall to Expand Football Game Sales of Beer, Wine
by Jake Jarvis July 2016
Fans with premium seats at Marshall University football games have been able to buy and drink alcohol for about 10 years, but a policy change Tuesday by the school's Board of Governors expanded the area where beer and wine can be purchased. Expanded alcohol sales is just one way the university sees to beef up its revenue.
- MLB Commish: Baseball's Drug Testing Best in Sports
by David Lennon July 2016
The day after Giancarlo Stanton's personal fireworks display lit up Petco Park in the Home Run Derby, commissioner Rob Manfred faced a volley of questions about Major League Baseball's sudden power surge, and what might be behind it. Stanton is one of the strongest players in the sport, at a chiseled 6-6, 245 pounds, and seeing him launch long drives over 450 feet is nothing new. But league-wide, teams are mashing home runs with much more frequency this season, one every 30.7 at-bats, down from 34.9 a year ago and 40.7 in 2014.
- Opinion: Beer Sales at Pitt Games All About the Money
by Paul Zeise July 2016
Pitt announced last week that there will be beer sales stadium-wide at Heinz Field for football games starting this fall. Some people have been outraged; my only question is this: What the heck took them so long?
- Affidavit: Coach Refused to Reveal Names in Drug Probe
by Amelia Rayno June 2016
University of Minnesota wrestling coach J Robinson told police investigators in April that he had "fully taken care of" his team's drug problem and refused to turn over the names of student-athletes involved and documents in his possession, according to a search warrant affidavit obtained Tuesday by the Star Tribune. Robinson was placed on paid administrative leave June 1, under investigation by both school administration and university police for his alleged knowledge and self-policing of several wrestlers' use and sale of the prescription sedative Xanax this past winter.
- DA Reluctant to Damage Alabama Players' Careers
by Howie Kussoy June 2016
Alabama football players Cam Robinson and Laurence Jones were arrested, but will not be charged with alleged drug and weapon possession.