ESPN’s Kellerman Ties NFL Marijuana Vigiliance to League’s Business Ties with Beer Companies

In his first show as co-host of “First Take” on ESPN2, Max Kellerman reacted to a video of what is believed to be the NFL’s Aldon Smith smoking marijuana by questioning why it is outlawed in the NFL when alcohol’s effects are “objectively worse.”

“Why is the NFL testing for marijuana at all? Why? That is a choice they are making. This is a league that is in bed with companies that peddle alcohol. They are sponsored, they take money from companies that say, ‘Here, drink this.’ In every objective study ever done, the effects of alcohol, certainly the societal effects, objectively always worse than marijuana,” he said.

Kellerman later added that former commissioner of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Federal Bureau of Narcotics Harry Anslinger promoted the prohibition of marijuana for ” various racist and xenophobic reasons” in the 1930s.

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