HOW THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE DEALS WITH DRUG USE
- October 10, 2018
The athletic industry (and entertainment, for that matter) has proven to be a major hub for drug abuse and addiction, time and time again. Bodybuilders and wrestlers face criticism for using anabolic steroids. Baseball players and basketball stars admit to using painkillers to cope with injuries. The list of problems goes on for a long while. However, organizations are equipped to deal with these problems rigorously, and one fair example is the National Football League. Let’s take a look at how the United States’ beloved sports organization handles drug abuse or addiction among its players.
No Foul Play
As part of official rules, the NFL forbids its players from possessing or consuming the following drugs (both legal and illegal):
- Opioids (painkillers)
- Ecstasy (MDMA, Molly)
- Amphetamines (unless these are under strict doctor supervision for a medical need)
Starting in 2014, the League developed new regulations that completely ban the use of performance enhancing drugs (PED) like stimulants, anabolic steroids, human growth hormone (HGH), and animal growth hormones. Likewise, players who fail an alcohol breath test can also be subject to punishment.
Penalty on the Marker
Each season, the NFL orders players to undergo frequent drug assessments throughout the football season. If a player fails a test or has been found guilty of drug use/addiction, the organization will order further testing. The NFL’s main concern is how the public’s perception of these players. Many children and teens look up to football stars as idols or role models, so there is no room for addicts or abusers who could potentially ruin the company’s good name.
In light of this, the NFL established the following penalties for violating its drug policies:
- 1st Offense: 90-day treatment and ensuing tests
- 2nd Offense: 2-year treatment/testing (4-game suspension if treatment is unsuccessful)
- 3rd Offense: 10-game suspension or 1-year ban from the NFL
Some fans argue that these rules are not strict enough. As an example, 24-year old Josh Gordon (wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns) faced four suspensions (two being only one year in length). Likewise, in 2014, 41 suspensions took place (an all-time high for the NFL).
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