Steelers S Ryan Clark Says He Knows Teammates Who Smoke Marijuana

On the Thursday edition of the ESPN show “First Take”, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark said that he doesn’t believe the NFL should continue testing for marijuana for a variety of reasons and added that some of his teammates smoke the banned drug as well.

“I know guys on my team who smoke,” Clark said. “And it’s not a situation where you think, ‘Oh, these are guys trying to be cool.’ These are guys who want to do it recreationally.

“A lot of it is stress relief. A lot of it is pain and medication. Guys feel like, ‘If I can do this, it keeps me away from maybe Vicodin, it keeps me away from pain prescription drugs and things that guys get addicted to.’ Guys look at this as a more natural way to heal themselves, to stress relieve and also to medicate themselves for pain. Guys are still going to do it.”

In addition to that, Clark said the NFL is fighting a losing battle in trying to keep marijuana out of the league because the current testing system for the drug isn’t all that effective.

“The testing isn’t stringent,” Clark said. “There is one random test during OTAs and minicamps during the offseason, and everybody will be tested early in training camp. After that, there are no more tests. So guys understand the ways to get around failing a drug test.”

While many players around the league might very well agree with Clark’s stance on marijuana, I’m willing to bet that several of his Steelers teammates aren’t too happy with him saying on the record that they smoke it. This is sort of like talking about Fight Club in that rule number one is that you don’t talk about it.

Look, we all know that players around the league smoke marijuana for various reasons and perhaps one day it will actually no longer be a substance that players are tested for. With that being said, Clark very well may have violated locker room code when discussing the things that he did.

Clark is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent next month and there’s a good chance that his career with the Steelers has come to an end. If not, I’m sure he will have a few teammates that will want to discuss the whistle-blowing that he did on Thursday.

  • steeltown

    As much as this guy talks, its a wonder he hasn’t already retired and taken on an analyst position

  • Matt Manzo

    What a jerk! I hate Clark now! I can’t stand people talking about other people. All Clark has done all year is get into other peoples business with his wanna be reporter comments! I hope he gets his ass kicked next time he’s in the locker room.

  • Ken


  • RedCarpetDefense

    Tiki Barber 2? Throwing his (soon to be ex) teammates under the bus.
    He should be saying “I don’t know nuthin’ ’bout that stuff man”

  • steeltown

    Anything goes when he’s getting face time.. including his own Team.. it’s getting tiresome

  • chris ward

    I’m sure the Rooney’s are not happy about Clark comments and his teammates are not too happy about being thrown under the bus.

  • steeltown

    He doesn’t necessarily have to say he doesn’t know anything about it, but he sure doesn’t have to involve his Team or the Organization as a whole

  • 20Stoney

    Everything he says is calculated. He wants the attention and the analyst job that will go with it. As much as he talks it’s a wonder he hasn’t strained his mouth.

  • Ken

    He had a really good career, I think he was better than we hoped for the most part. Sad to end it on such a sour note..

  • 20Stoney

    Really. But what comes around goes around. I hope he’s led a very clean life.


    His comments don’t shock anyone I’m sure…it’s not a big deal to me either way use or no use, but it’s still a banned drug…he knows he’s done in that locker room.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Yup, all he managed to do was alienate himself from his teammates and start hammering the nails on his own coffin. This antic screams that he will not be back in Pittsburgh next season.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    That was a joke but to your point he certainly should have kept the Steelers and his teammates out of the discussion. He could have spoken vaguely referencing the testing procedure as a whole and it’s flaw in the timing of administering tests and pretty much kept it at that.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Steelers fans need to send this guy a message. When shall we meet to hold the #25 jersey bonfire? There can be three different places home jersey at Heinz Field parking lot, white jersey at Baltimore (they’d like that), and the throwback…any suggestions?
    I kid.

  • Superdriller316

    Way to put the TEAM under a BIGGER SPOTLIGHT. DUMBASS!!!!!

  • Brandon James

    He clearly should have said, he knows players around the league that are involved with the drug and then continued his argument. Pretty lame what he just did.

  • RW

    He just ran himself out of town. It’s super unfortunate when you can’t stand one of your own former players as an announcer, but I like him less as a player because of the stuff he says off the field (I know that there is no logic to this, but I really am beginning to dislike him).

  • sean mcmartin

    Ryan Clark ,That was a low blow on your teammates. talk about burning bridges.
    good riddance. what a jerk.

  • steeltown

    Not shocking at all, whether you are for the use of it or not, at this point in time it is still a banned substance. Im all for discussion about legalization and medical benefits, but I cant believe he mentioned his own Team

  • gene mann

    he knows he done with the steelers and now he turned on his teammates and now looking for a new gig

  • Sly

    For such a good player he talks to much…..not a good fit here anymore


    It’s already legal in other countries and in some states here in the U.S.. It’s not addictive, it’s been proven to cure some cancers, can help with many diseases and has millions of other uses that can help heal people and animals and it’s much safer than a ‘drug’ that’s legal here in the states, alcohol. Yes people, alcohol is a dangerous drug! Marijuana is natural. Highly dangerous and highly addictive prescription pills are not natural. Wake up America!

  • michael young

    Well Woodley is obviously one of them. You know that dude has the munchies! But in all seriousness, Clark knows better than to direct it right at his teammates. Also, if he really wanted resigned (which was unlikely already) this certainly didn’t help his chances. Kind of like his tackling this past year. He will still go down as one of our best FA signings of the past decade.

  • steeltown

    You’re not telling us anything we don’t already know (well, most of us) the issue here is that its STILL a banned substance

  • dgh57

    Way to go Clark as first you get on everybody’s bad side with your play last season then you top it off by proceeding to do this?!! Thanks for leaving us all some not so pleasant memories to remember you by!! JERK!!

  • HiVul

    Hopefully this isn’t that big of a deal because he didn’t name anyone. I also hope the NFL listens to the NFLPA on this issue, I don’t think there’s a good reason to ban marijuana in the NFL and it’s not performance enhancing.

  • Jeff

    That’s a snake move…

  • Tullydew

    Why is everyone upset?

    All he did was speak the truth. We all know the majority of players smoke. No big deal here.

  • Garrett Hunt

    I don’t take this as big as a deal as most of you. I feel like marijuana is such a commonplace in the NFL, that he didn’t feel as though he was singling out the Steelers. Only that he was speaking to something he had current knowledge of.

  • Matt Manzo

    Ya, it’s so unSteeler like.

  • Jazz

    Like I’ve said numerous times before, time to say goodbye to Mr. Clark. Should have said goodbye after the 2012 season. If the F/O keeps this kid around for 2014, then I’m convinced Colbert and Tomlin doesn’t know what hell they are doing.

  • Jazz

    The Munchies? LMFAO!!! You could be right though.

  • cencalsteeler

    Eddie Haskell anyone?

  • Iron Cadet

    Well if he had any chance of coming back next year, he doesn’t now.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Couple of things on this story:
    A: Clark should not be saying that guys are using any illegal substance which may cause an investigation although he is saying nothing that we do not know anyways
    B: Marijauna is still illegal on a federal level and in the majority of states. So even if the NFL doesnt want to prosecute, federally and in most states they can still get into trouble which makes no sense for the NFL to stop testing on it.

    I do agree marijauna should be legalized but until it is, my opinion is the NFL should continue testing.

  • Schneider

    Amazing idiot…. Not too long ago my 7 year old wanted his jersey. Good thing I didn’t look too hard. Good riddance.

  • BurgherinMD

    Well, he knows as an analyst he will be expected to divulge into even the unpleasant things from his own playing days. This will, of course, meaning throwing people under the bus. I just did not expect him to push this soon and this hard. I am grateful for his 2006-2013 service as he goes down as one of the biggest FA bargains of all time for the Steelers. But, this was selfish and untimely.

  • BurgherinMD

    TIs why Santonio Holmes will likely try to litigate when his playing days are over to legalize it 😉

  • RW

    Problem is that it’s still illegal in almost every state… so do you really want your players doing it even if the league allows it? Until it’s legal in every state, it’s more of a deterrent if the league also blocks it (and takes away money from players that don’t pass the drug test). I’m with you – should be allowed, but not until it’s a legal substance in the US, not just the league

  • RW

    I guess we’re upset because we don’t want the league to respond in kind, meaning they give us more drug tests than other teams because of what he said, leading to more suspensions and another poor season…

  • Steve

    Not baned in Colorado and remember Clark coun’t play there so wonder if he smoked himself to revieve tension.

  • Josh Knepshield

    Yeah lets turn on a present Steeler, until March, because he spoke his mind! You guys are so right. I don’t understand why everyone hates on Ryan Clark. He has been a loyal Steeler for over half a decade. He has been one of the unsung heroes during that time. In 2009, he had a chance to leave, but decided to resign with the Steelers. This past year was not his best, but he was much better than you would think considering the hate people put on him. He is still a solid player. Speed was never his strong suit, so its not like he is totally ineffective. He said some people on the team smoke it, and didn’t say anyone by name. He also said a lot of players in the league smoke it. I would love to see Ryan Clark back next season, and, if not, Thank you Ryan Clark.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I have NEVER HEARD that it cures anything. I personally know the guy who is responsible for the law that got marijuana legalized in the state of Illinois as he is a guy who has many ailments and he uses it for pain relief and to aid in appetite and has dropped 5 medications because of it. I do know people who are addicted to it and it does have withdrawal. I do agree on some points but it isnt something that can be abused like we are Cheech and Chong. Alcohol, if used correctly, can be beneficial as well. I have seen many health magazines that say a glass of wine a day can help reduce the chance of cancer plus it cleans the digestive tract. It is a matter of how we use both substances.

  • Daniel Munoz

    U gu

  • Callentown

    D!ck move. Sorry but that’s the only way I can say it.

  • Roberto Vaquero Bazán

    Please lets get rid of this punk right away!