Article by Dan Steinberg, Washington Post
During his 15-year NBA career, Matt Barnes developed a reliable game day routine. First there was the morning shoot-around. Then he’d go home for a rest, where he’d do what so many NBA players do during those long afternoons: nap, shower, eat a meal.
But before all that, he’d smoke a joint.
“It wasn’t every single game, but in 15 years, it was a lot,” Barnes told Bleacher Report in a roundtable discussion about marijuana use in sports published this week.
Any best games?
“All my best games I was medicated,” Barnes said.
Bleacher Report in recent weeks convened multiple gatherings of former NBA and NFL players who use marijuana both for recreational and medicinal purposes, or who want pro sports leagues to relax their restrictions on its use. The publication published the videos — including clips of the ex-athletes smoking — on April 20 (something of a holiday in the cannabis community), saying it’s “time to break the stigma.” Among the players who participated: former NBA players Barnes, Al Harrington, Cuttino Mobley and Kenyon Martin, and former NFL players Shaun Smith, Ryan Clady, Bo Scaife and John Moffitt.