Article by Kelly Dwyer, Yahoo Sports
Former NBA big man and current radio host and “wellness advocate” John Salley is really, really into getting you to put good things in your body.
His personal website, Twitter and Instagram accounts are replete with suggestions about how to live the good, healthy life. Salley, a vegetarian and four-time NBA champion, also promotes a “Vegan Vine” brand of wine and a “Vegetarian Starter’s Kit” for those looking to make the jump into a meatless existence and, presumably, a more salubrious lifestyle.
What isn’t mentioned is his insistence that marijuana use, in his estimation, could extend the length of a professional athlete’s career. In the wake of Dallas Cowboy Ezekiel Elliott’s visit to a legal marijuana dispensary, TMZ asked Salley about his views on pot use in professional sports:
The 52-year old Salley’s insistence that he’d “still be playing” in the league if he’d been allowed to smoke pot during his playing career was probably relayed with tongue placed firmly in cheek, but the former Detroit Piston Bad Boy is among plenty that believe that use of marijuana is far preferable to athletes either popping legally-prescribed pills or drinking copious amounts of liquor to help mollify the physical pain and anxiety that usually comes with working as a professional athlete.
The TMZ reporter attempted to bait Salley into relaying that former Detroit and Chicago teammate Dennis Rodman used to smoke marijuana while a member of the Pistons and Bulls, but Salley was quick to disabuse TMZ of that notion.