When Patriots coach Bill Belichick spoke with media last month, about a week after Tom Brady’s wife, Gisele Bündchen, revealed the New England quarterback may or may not have played through an unreported concussion last season, reporters were criticized for failing to ask questions about Bündchen’s comments.
On Tuesday, before the first practice of New England’s mandatory minicamp, ESPN’s Mike Reiss finally brought up the Brady concussion story with Belichick.
“Is it something that can be negative to the health of our players? Listen, you’re ingesting smoke, so that’s not usually a very positive thing that people would say,” Goodell said. “It does have an addictive nature. There are a lot of compounds in marijuana that may not be healthy for the players long-term. All of those things have to be considered.
“It’s not as simple as someone just wants to feel better after a game. We really want to help our players in that circumstance, but I want to make sure that the negative Cheap Elite NFL Jerseys consequences aren’t something that we’ll be held accountable for some years down the road.”
The NFL and NFLPA did agree on a revamped substances-of-abuse policy in 2014 that lessened punishment for failed marijuana tests.
It now takes four positive tests to trigger a four-game suspension as opposed Cheap Football Jerseys to three games under the previous rules. The threshold that can trigger a positive test also was slightly raised, and fines were lessened.
Atallah, though, said the NFLPA would like even more leeway for its members.