Funny how the timing always seems to work out, doesn't it?
With 4/20 around the corner, what better opportunity would there be to take a stroll down Cannabis Lane and look back on all the times athletes got busted for having their heads a little too high in the clouds?
The raging, ongoing debate as to what should and should not be considered illegal-to-sport consumption of marijuana is just starting to pick up steam, as more and more former athletes continue to come clean on the time they spent with Mary Jane during their college and professional playing careers - especially in the NFL.
The brutal nature of the sport has often driven players to marijuana as a relaxant and pain-killer - a generally "safe" way to cope with the many bumps, bruises and breaks contact-sport athletes have to deal with on a daily basis, often for years at a time.
Stirring the pot even more are the various new marijuana laws in several American states, further compounding the issue. Many are asking the question why these laws aren't loosening the leash professional leagues have on their players with regard to the use of recreational marijuana.
While both sides make valid points on the issue, the reality of it all is that players will often take the risk and bite the bullet if they get caught - what else could explain the fairly consistent wave of suspensions and the amount of repeat offenders (besides blatant ignorance)?
Different cases lead to different perceptions, but the fact remains that at one point in their lives, the athletes on this list just couldn't seem to get enough.
15 Mark Stepnoski
14 Michael Beasley
13 Byron "Bam" Morris
12 Nate Newton
11 Josh Howard
10 Chris Webber
9 Todd Marinovich
8 Michael Phelps
7 Arnold Schwarzenegger
6 Nick Diaz
5 Rob Van Dam
4 Josh Gordon
3 Ricky Williams
2 Allen Iverson
1 Randy Moss
One of the greatest wide receivers in the history of the NFL also finds himself at the top of several weed-themed rankings. Moss failed several drug tests over the years, and admitted his use of the drug himself, as he has was quoted as saying that pot had been in and around the league since the time he entered it. Moss' upbringing might have something to do with it (check out the Rand University 30 for 30 if you haven't already), but there's no arguing that Mary Jane did not deter Moss from being one of the most dominant players in NFL history.
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