NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Everything from the home states of the Super Bowl XLVIII participants legalizing marijuana to respected shows like HBO Real Sports doing segments on its use in the NFL has kept the drug a topic of conversation throughout the sports world.
Now, Antonio Cromartie of the Jets has chimed in — and usually what he says becomes a topic of conversation all its own.
The outspoken cornerback said in a recent interview that the league attempting to crack down on marijuana use by players is just a waste of time.
“They need to just let it go,” Cromartie told Thisis50.com. “We’re just going to do it anyway. They just need to let it go. They just need to go ahead and say, ‘Y’all go ahead and smoke it, do what you need to do.’”
At first glance it appeared Cromartie included himself among the players he was referring to, but he later clarified his remarks, saying on Twitter he was speaking in general terms, not about himself.
He also explained why so much attention is being given to the topic of marijuana and his opinions.
Cromartie recently participated in the Pro Bowl as a last-second replacement for injured Aqib Talib, despite coming off an injury-riddled season that was among his least consistent with the Jets. He has one year remaining on his contract and has said he would restructure his deal to make sure he stays with the Jets in 2014.
The soon-to-be-30-year-old defensive back, who is due a $5 million roster bonus in March and counts $15 million against the cap next season, initially said he expected to be a cap casualty, but later backtracked from his remarks. It is believed the Jets could cut him during the offseason and re-sign him at a lesser rate.
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