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Roger Goodell on being randomly drug tested: ‘I am happy to say that I’m clean’

Eric Edholm
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Roger Goodell (USA Today Sports Images)

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell isn't always a jokester, but he can draw a laugh here and there.

Perhaps the funniest moment of his league address on Friday was when he was asked about the league's drug testing policy — especially as it related to marijuana, which is legal now in two states — and whether he was subject to the testing, just as the NFL players are.

“I am randomly tested, and I am happy to say that I’m clean,” Goodell said, drawing a solid chuckle from the gathered crowd.

But Goodell also said that the league is not actively seeking to change its stance on marijuana based on the decriminalization in the states of Washington and Colorado. He has said previously that he would condone researching medical marijuana if testing showed it could help with the treatment of concussions and the like.

"This has been something that has been asked several times, and I'll try to be as clear as I possibly can: It is still an illegal substance on a national basis," Goodell said. "It's something that's part of our collective bargaining agreement with our players. It's questionable with respect to the positive impact, but there is certainly some very strong evidence to the negative impacts, including addiction and other issues.

"We'll continue to follow the medicine. Our experts right now are not indicating we should change our policy in any way; we are not actively considering that at this point and time. But if it does down the road some time, that's something we would never take off the table if we could benefit our players at the end of the day.

"So I don't see any change in the near future."

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