The NFL has been looking for ways to keep their players safe, especially with the consistent lawsuits pertaining to players and concussions. Lately there has been speculations that with the health benefits that marijuana has as well as legalization in some states such as Colorado and Washington, will players be able to utilize the drug to prevent future aches and pains? Goodell answered that during Super Bowl media press conference:
This has been something that has been asked several times and I’ll try to be as clear as I possibly can: It is still an illegal substance on a national basis,” Goodell said. “It’s something that’s part of our collective bargaining agreement with our players. It’s questionable with respect to the positive impact but there is certainly some very strong evidence to the negative impacts, including addiction and other issues.
“We’ll continue to follow the medicine,” he continued. “Our experts right now are not indicating we should change our policy in any way, we are not actively considering that at this point and time. But if it does down the road some time, that’s something we would never take off the table if we could benefit our players at the end of the day.
“So I don’t see any change in the near future.”
Goodell was also asked if he would be willing to be randomly tested for marijuana.
“I am randomly tested,” he responded, “and I am happy to say that I am clean.”