Steve Kerr, head coach of the Golden State Warriors, has admitted to using marijuana in an interview with a podcast The Warrior’s Insider. The story has since made the headlines, prompting Kerr to expound on his comment further.
Kerr And The Smoking Pot Affair
In the podcast, Kerr admitted that he recently smoked pot.
“I guess maybe I could even get in some trouble for this, but I’ve actually tried (marijuana) twice during the last year and a half when I’ve been going through this pain, this chronic pain that I’ve been dealing with,” Kerr told Monte Poole, the podcast’s host.
The story took a life of its own, dominating the news cycle days after he made the comment. Fearing a controversy, the coach issued another statement, pointing out that his admission and the context of his marijuana use have been largely eliminated in the picture.
“I was a little surprised at the fact it became kind of a big deal,” Kerr said in a recent interview. “The context of our conversation and my response to your question was about how professional sports should handle pain relief for players. I thought it was … interesting. Because of the way the world works, the way the media works, what is a very serious conversation about pain relief turns into the headline “Kerr smokes pot.” So, I guess that’s the world we live in.”
Prominent Marijuana Advocate
Some are already talking about how the issue earned another advocate for the legalization of marijuana. These segment are arguing that Kerr, himself, has been vocal about his hopes that it will be allowed in sports especially if it is useful in treating illnesses that affect players.
“If you’re an NFL player, in particular, and you got lot of pain, I don’t think there’s any question that pot is better for your body than Vicodin,” he said.
There are evidences that the use of marijuana or cannabis as a medical treatment could be effective. There are cases wherein it is proven to reduce nausea and even address pain and muscle spasms. some also claim that it can treat eating disorders because it purportedly improves a person’s appetite. Unfortunately, there is a dearth of studies conducted on it because of production restrictions and governmental regulations.