NEW YORK — The NFL owners will meet Monday morning to decide on whether to impose marijuana restrictions on the field of play, league spokesman Brian McCarthy said.
The league’s new policy, announced Monday, would prohibit players from using marijuana in a public place, including in a private club or while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, including recreational marijuana.
It would also prevent players from being present on the sidelines or on the sideline during a game.
The policy is not expected to affect any games in 2019.
A proposal to ban recreational marijuana was defeated by an 11-3 vote last year by owners, with the NFLPA also supporting a ban.
“Our position on marijuana remains the same as ever: it is a gateway drug,” McCarthy said Monday.
“It has no place in our league, and we will not tolerate it.
Goodell said Monday that he and commissioner Roger Goodell are not “in the mood to be debating these issues” but have “a lot of respect for the opinion of the people of our country.” “
We will meet tomorrow with our league leadership and discuss what our position is.”
Goodell said Monday that he and commissioner Roger Goodell are not “in the mood to be debating these issues” but have “a lot of respect for the opinion of the people of our country.”
The NFLPA has been urging Goodell to keep marijuana out of the game and has called for an outright ban.
NFL spokesman Brian McManus said the league has not received any formal requests from the union or its members to take the stance.
“As we’ve said before, we are open to discussing this, but we are not in the mood for debate on these issues,” McManuses said.
“The league is a meritocracy and we believe the rules are fair, just and fair for all of us.
We will take whatever steps are necessary to protect our game and our players.”