Sports commentator Stephen A. Smith and legendary rapper Snoop Dogg had an interesting discussion about the use of weed by Athletes.
On Monday, Stephen A. was the guest host of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, greeted by Snoop Dogg’s appearance. During their conversations, they got to the topic of weed punishments in major league sports. A subject that Stephen A. has been well known to be against any use of drugs by professional athletes, repeatedly telling them to “stay off the weed.”
When asking Snoop if he agreed with the statement, he would say that “I agree with your position when it comes to the athletes who have commissioners and rules and regulations and tests…But when I’m speaking to entertainers and people like myself, we don’t have a commissioner, we don’t have none of that, so we don’t get drug-tested,”
Stephen A. would follow up by asking if it makes sense for professional sports leagues to conduct drug tests and punish athletes if they are positive.
Snoop would disagree, commenting, “What happens is you have these players who take these pills, and they get addicted to these pills, and it still doesn’t give them the relief that they need as far as the pain or whatever they’re going through,” referring to the use of Painkillers by athletes when suffering an injury. He argued that marijuana in any form would do the same as any pain killer without the side effects.
“I push for that in sports because baseball doesn’t test for marijuana [and] hockey doesn’t test for marijuana, so it should be the same with basketball and football,” Snoop argued.
One example of this would be the suspension of Sha’Carri Richardson from the Olympics after testing positive for marijuana, despite coming in first place in the U.S. qualifiers. She would claim that she had only smoked after learning about the death of her biological grandmother.