Draft Prospects Admit To Smoking Pot

NFL GMs hope to encourage candor, won't punish drug use
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Apr 18, 2007 10:17 PM CDT
Louisville lineman Amobi Okoye stretches as he prepares to show off his talents to football scouts at the NFL Pro Day at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Ky., Monday, March 26, 2007. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Three of the most highly regarded prospects in the upcoming NFL draft—Calvin Johnson, Amobi Okoye, and Gaines Adams—admitted in interviews at the combine that they have used marijuana. Nevertheless, all three are considered to be free of the kind of dramatic character problems that have plagued the NFL recently.

The prospects' disclosures struck one GM as, if anything, a good sign.  "A lot of players wouldn't say anything or would deny it," he argued.  "That kind of honesty probably relieves anxiety about a player's character rather than increases it."