Pot excoriated, alcohol glorified

The Thursday morning sports headlines announced how a popular Seahawk player has been suspended “indefinitely” for having tested positive for using marijuana. (“Seahawks’ Browner suspended indefinitely by NFL.”) The AM sports radio are dissecting this man’s character and common sense for committing this epic transgression. And the NFL is awash in self reverence for taking this strong moral stance on a 30-year-old journeyman football player testing positive for pot. They are trumpeting his indefinite suspension and using that as a warning to all who violate the leagues rules on performance enhancing drugs and other unauthorized substances.

What is astounding here is the level of hypocrisy showcased by the National Football League and the sporting establishment. There is probably no business entity on the planet that promotes-glorifies-advocates-and endorses the heavy consumption of alcohol more than the National Football League. Try this — record for four quarters of any NFL game, the alcohol ads alone. And play them back to back. Its quite the experience. It is impossible to quantify or comprehend the sheer destruction, horror and misery that alcohol abuse wreaks on society. Alcohol is ever present in major car fatalities and in a majority of virtually all violent crime. The numbers are staggering. And the NFL has their own official beer. And their relationship with the alcohol industry grows stronger by the day.

Keep this in mind when excoriating this player for using pot and facing career ending suspension-those imposing the sanctions are the active partners and promoters of the most widely abused and destructive drug in human history — alcohol. And this epic double standard goes unmentioned.

Jim Sawyer


More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Wednesday, Nov. 21

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Editorial: State’s VW windfall should electrify transportation

With nearly $113 million from the settlement, the state plans to switch buses and more to electric.

Parker: The press secretary as scolding Sunday school teacher

Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ humiliation of the media is a booster shot of ‘fake news’ animus for the base.

Ignatius: For a man ‘on his way out,’ Tillerson still at table

The secretary of state seems out of sync with Trump, but often it’s Trump who comes to his position.

Milbank: Trump will do down in history — for his histrionics

A website search finds that Trump and his team have declared their actions historic some 400 times.

GOP tax bill serves special interests over families

Last month Congress passed a budget that makes $4 trillion in cuts… Continue reading

Examples of ‘voter fraud’ didn’t involve voting

The Nov 11 letter to the editor captioned “Evidence of vopter fraud… Continue reading

Why was judge given lighter sentence for DUI?

This is in response to the Nov. 2 Herald article, “Judge gets… Continue reading

Herald’s story selection favors the left

Hello again. This time I want to remind you of your consistent… Continue reading

Most Read