As with almost every major sport in the world, the NBA has a zero-tolerance policy towards drug use by it's athletes. The NBA takes drug use by its athletes seriously, and if a player is caught using illicit substances, the punishments are harsh and expensive, ranging from rehab programs to huge fines and suspensions.
Despite all this, however, some players still choose to indulge in recreational and performance-enhancing drug use -- hell, some players are known for it -- and according to a former player, the majority of the league are using one drug in particular.
Former Chicago Bulls guard and three-time Duke All-American Jay Williams estimates that 75-80% of players in the NBA use marijuana to help with recovery and mental strain.
“It’s easy for doctors to prescribe you Oxycontin and look I was addicted to it for five plus years so I know,” Williams tells FOXBusiness.com. “But when you say marijuana you get a reaction, ahhh, it’s a gateway drug.”
“You see pictures of guys in California going in and getting their medical marijuana cards. And I’m not just saying athletes, let’s talk about society."
Williams, who averaged 9.5 points and 4.7 assists in his lone rookie season with the Bulls, believes that the NBA, among other major sporting codes, should become more progressive with the use of marijuana by its players.
'I know a lot of people that use it. It’s something that the whole world is becoming more progressive with. So it’s about time some of these entities do as well,” he adds.
Over 20 US states have legalized the use of medical marijuana, but the NBA, just like the NFL, does not allow any type of marijuana use whatsoever. According to the National Basketball Association, and its anti-drug agreement, players are subject to four random tests throughout the season, and are conducted by an independent, third-party entity without prior notice to the athlete. On top of this, If a player tests positive for marijuana and is convicted of the violation, he will be required to enter the Marijuana Program. A second offense will result in a $25,000 fine and the third will be a five-game suspension.