This past week, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark said on the ESPN show, "First Take", that he knows of teammates that smoke marijuana. On Saturday, linebacker Larry Foote was asked by Bob Pompeani in a radio interview to give his thoughts on what Clark had to say.
“I don’t know if he knows it, he’s seen it, or specifically who does it, but I’m just assuming that everybody does,” Foote said.
Foote went on to say that he advises the young players all the time that if they're going to smoke it, they need to do it at home and in privacy instead of riding around in a car where they might get caught and arrested for it.
While Foote said he thinks it's better for players to smoke marijuana for pain instead of risking getting addicted to pills, he thinks the league should think twice about stopping testing for it because of the message it would send to children.
"The headlines saying the NFL might just drop testing for it, I’m against that because it sends the wrong message to the young kids,” he said.
Foote added that while he has heard some stories about players using marijuana instead of pills for pain management, he thinks for the most part they still smoke it for recreationally reasons. However, from a physical standpoint, Foote said he would rather have a teammate smoke weed all night instead of drinking alcohol all night.
"Just because you know the effects the next day," he said.
Listen to the full interview below: