As details from SI’s investigative five part series on Oklahoma State emerge, the future of the program looks more and more grim.
In the third installment of “The Dirty Game” series, former players admit to heavy drug usage and even selling marijuana to teammates and students in 2001, 2004, and 2006. Other players were also accused of dealing drugs from 2001-2012.
H/T: USA Today Sports
One player on the Cowboys’ 2001 team told SI he made $100 a week selling marijuana. A player on the 2006 team spoke of bringing “pounds” of the drug from out of state and selling to teammates and OSU students.
In total, 30 members of the football team between 2000 and 2011 admitted to using drugs while with the program. These players identified another 20 ex-teammates, “including some of the program’s biggest names,” the SI report said.
Former cornerback Calvin Mickens said it was not uncommon for players to use marijuana before games. “[Against] teams we knew we were going to roll, a couple of guys would get high,” Mickens told SI. “Some of the guys [it] didn’t matter what game it was, they were going to get high.”
I guess some people will act shocked about this report. I, on the other hand, know that this is more the norm than the exception. Players are given money under the table by agents looking for a long-term payday, players smoke weed, and since they don’t have the time to hold jobs and aren’t legally paid for the one they’re already doing they find other ways to make money. I’m in no way condoning this, but I don’t blame the players, I blame the system. Fix it and maybe you won’t have so many reports like this. In the meantime, hold on…this is only scratching the surface.