Ok so I'm sticking with a sports related theme here. I'm half-way through the NFL season while managing two fantasy football teams so I'm all about football these days.
Remember a few years back when Ricky Williams was suspended from the NFL for puffing the magic dragon? Well after a few year stint of chilling out and playing a year in Canadian football, Williams returned to the Miami Dolphins this season and is having a hell of a year playing backup to Ronnie Brown, and last night looked like a 25 year old on his way to having a spectacular game starting in place of the injured Brown.
I'm not going to go on about how althletes that smoke weed can go on to have successful careers(although that list is actually growing), but what makes this case stick out in my mind is how poorly treated Williams was by the NFL and Media. Sure the NFL is an Ultra-conservative organization and Williams behaviour at the time was erractic at best, but he was really hung out to dry at the time and the marijuana use was often a focal point. Don't quote me, but I recall Dan Marino calling him a 'flake' or something to that effect on CBS sports on live television.
Now Williams is having a great come-back year and had a monster of a game in the starting role last night, but no-one is really talking about him this morning. When the analysts talk about the game, discussion on Williams is kept to a minumum. Perhaps many of them are to embarassed to talk highly of him after tearing him apart a few years ago.
No mention of his pot filled past on any of the big sports pages south of the border yet, although the Canadian Press offered this snippet.
Yes it was all that time off.
Anyways, I hope Williams finishes off this season very strong, and this may become a bigger story yet. cheers.
*the joint in the last photo is obviously photoshopped. That was a famous image of Williams on the sidelines which was often used in the soundbytes smearing him at the time.