While athletes smoking weed still seems to make front page news, regardless of context, the story here is not, “Percy Harvin and former UNC wideout Brandon Tate tested positive for marijuana at the NFL combine.” Rather, it’s more along the lines of “Harvin and Tate were stupid enough to get caught.” From FOX Sports:
Harvin and Tate were the only high-profile players to flunk their combine drug tests, the sources said. Fewer than a dozen players tested positive for recreational drugs, one source said.
NFL teams received the drug-test results earlier this week. Players who failed are subject to entry into the NFL’s substance-abuse program.
Sports Illustrated’s Web site reported that Boston College defensive tackle B.J. Raji had flunked a combine drug test. Raji was not on the list of failed players, one source said, and SI.com has since retracted its story.
I don’t get it. If the guys running the combine had that news in February, why not release it to the teams then? Why wait until the week of the draft? And why not tell everyone publicly? And what’s up with airline food? And is Dana Jacobson seeing anyone? You know, besides the Papa John’s guy every night?