Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie on NFL’s marijuana policy: ‘They need to just let it go’

Anwar S Richardson
Shutdown Corner

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has continuously explained why he does not allow players to use marijuana.

That does not mean every player agrees with him. Just ask New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

During a recent interview with, Cromartie was asked if the NFL, along with other professional leagues, are being too hard on athletes who use marijuana. Cromartie did not support Goodell’s stance against the drug.

“They need to just let it go,” Cromartie told “Players are just going to do it anyway. They just need to let it go. They just need to go ahead and say, 'Y’all go ahead and smoke it, do what you need to do.'"

Cromartie did not say he or any of his teammates used marijuana.

Prior to the Super Bowl, Goodell was asked if he would consider allowing players to use marijuana, and explained why he was against it.

"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."

However, Goodell recently said if medical experts ever proved medical marijuana would help with concussions, he would consider allowing it.

For now, players who want to smoke marijuana will have to continue sneaking around and hope Goodell does not catch them.

- - - - - - -

Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

What to Read Next