New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league is ready to evaluate its policy regarding the use of marijuana as a pain reliever but they are not actively considering it at this point.
“We’ll continue to follow the medicine,” Goodell said during his annual pre-Super Bowl news conference. “Our experts right now are not indicating that we should change our policy in any way.”
“We are not actively considering that at this point in time. But if it goes down the road sometime, that’s something that we would never take off the table,” he added.
Earlier, NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith said the league and union have had preliminary discussions about medicinal marijuana, but a policy would have to be included in the CBA in order to be implemented by the league.
The league’s current collective bargaining agreement with its players forbids the use of marijuana.
Aside from medicinal marijuana, Goodell also talked about other issues, including the possibility of a centralized replay office in New York and whether the Miami Dolphins’ locker room turmoil this season may lead to a league-wide code of conduct policy.
“We all have to get back to respect,” Goodell said about the league-wide code of conduct policy.
The commissioner also said he would like to see the $765 million settlement of the recent player lawsuit over concussion claims remain in place. A federal judge earlier this month denied preliminary approval, fearing it may not be enough to cover 20,000 retired players.
Goodell said the league has the health and safety of the players in mind, and it was important that the money is in place for the plaintiffs.
He was also lukewarm about the prospects of future Super Bowls at open-air stadiums in other cold-weather cities.