Bill Belichick warns his team to avoid a Rocky Mountain high
|01.17.14 at 2:15 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Bill Belichick wants to keep the high times limited to football in the mile high air Sunday.
The Patriots coach, aware of Colorado’s new law legalizing recreational use of marijuana, specifically warned his players against getting high in the Rockies.
“It’s a business trip. Nobody is going to care about that,” running back LeGarrette Blount said Friday morning. “Bill told us about it, he basically told us, ‘Don’t go out there and be stupid.’ [That’s] really good advice.”
Asked directly if he planned to address his team, Belichick was less forthcoming, only passing along the NFL policy on illegal use of recreational drugs and directing the question to the league.
“I think we know what the NFL policy is on that,” Belichick said.
Pressed on it, Belichick referred the matter to the NFL, “I think that’s something you ought to take up with the NFL. I think you have any more questions about it, you should talk to the league about it. They’re the ones that have the policy.”
The use of marijuana is explicitly illegal under the NFL CBA and the league has advised the Broncos and Seahawks, teams that play in states where it’s legal, that any use would be a violation of NFL policy.
“I don’t know what’s going to develop as far as the next opportunity for medicine to evolve and to help either deal with pain or help deal with injuries,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said recently in New York City when asked about marijuana, medicinal and otherwise. “But we will continue to support the evolution of medicine.”
There would seem to be a larger window of opportunity for players to indulge, if so inclined. The team moved up its departure time to Friday afternoon, getting out to Denver a day earlier than normal to get acclimated to the higher altitude.
Tom Brady was more light-hearted about the press conference question Friday morning about weed.
“Hopefully [players don’t indulge]. This is a very important game for us and it’s a business trip,” Brady said.