I dont really understand some of the comments made here. Do you guys have stats on just how much he smokes a day? Why cant he give it up? Maybe he only did it once in a while anyway. Nobody really knows how much he smoked per day (except Lenny Kravitz ). Just because he retired doesnt mean he smokes a lot of pot. We all know he does it, thats obvious. But maybe he only did it casually. I mean, its possible that he smoked a gram a day all to himself. I think its a bit presumptious of us to assume he cant do it.
What he did was wrong, on a professional and legal level, but who are we to say how wrong it was or how bad of a person he is?
It's very well known that even being around someone that is smoking will give you a "contact high". Even something as meaningless as a contact high, even though you didn't touch or actually smoke marijuana, is detectable for a good three weeks after it happens. With more modern testing methods (such as the hair based DNA tests) it can be discovered much later on.
While I certainly don't think that drug usage is even remotely acceptable when you're supposed to be a role model and community icon, I also don't think something as small as marijuana/thc/opiate detection is something that should be demonized.
If you eat a poppy bagel a day, you test positive for opiates. People think this is a joke due to the Seinfeld episode, but it's very very true.
If you drink Coca Tea (a completely legal and health friendly drink that can be found at almost any health or herbal product store) on a daily basis, you may test positive for cocaine use.
If you breath in (even if you just happen to be walking into a dorm room where Marijuana was recently smoked) THC tainted smoke, you will test positive for marijuana use.
Frankly, I think drug testing is ludicrous. I am a strong proponent of RAISING the legal limits currently used in drug tests to a more obvious limit. As drug testing is today, even the remotest trace elements of most "drugs" will show up, and in many cases those trace elements are not proof of drug use, but of potentially being in unwilling or unknowing contact with a drug user, or of harmless medications or consumption of foods/products that are loosely affiliated to the more narcotic members of their family.
Anyhow, the real point was if Ricky wants to quit, he will go clean. I sincerely doubt that everyone casting stones can maintain their own complete innocence.
"contact highs"(never actually heard of someone getting one) and walking into a dorm room after someone has smoked in there will not make you fail a drug test.
while drug tests can be a little too sensitive(poppy seed bagels), i dont think theyre that sensitive. i smoke about 3/4 of an ounce a week(for about 1.5 years) and recently passed a drug test after 3 days of sobriety... now i didnt eat anything, drank a lot of water, and took a lot of niacin but if i can pass, i doubt someone who doesnt smoke at all will test positive simply from sitting in a car or dorm room with smokers.
and im sure ricky will quit if he wants to, but it may not be as easy as keyser said. pot is more psychologically addictive than physically and since a lot of people think, including me, he smoked to deal with mental problems(SAD, depression?), he could have a hard time. best of luck to him.
I just think he's crazy to do this. I mean, he's considered one of the top running backs in the NFL - how many times do you get to be considered one of the best in the world at what you do? He is turning his back on the chance to be one of the best of the best in his profession for smoking pot, and that's really too much.
I mean, as a functional alcoholic, I'm not one to judge, but really he's got the rest of his life to nurse his knees and get as high as he wants to. Why turn your back on a promising NFL career for this?
At any rate, I'd be surprisied if anyone wants him now. Minimal salary with loads of performance incentives in any contract - on the other hand, if he accepts the veteran's minimum, what does any team have to lose by accepting?