Jake Plummer, who walked away from football at age 31, spoke with BSN Denver about the NFL drug problems and the league denying that the sport causes brain damage to players. Those comments included referring to Jerry Jones as “that billionaire asshole.”
"“Like Jerry Jones, who says it’s ‘absurd’ that there would be a link between brain trauma, football and CTE,” Plummer adds. “Shame on him for saying that, that billionaire asshole. It’s the worst thing in the world for a guy like that to say. That’s where we’re sitting; grown-ass men are asked to go out there for millions of dollars—which, yeah, it’s a lot of money—bang themselves around and completely fuck their lives over for their 40s and 50s. So yeah, poor football players is what I say. If you’re a grown-ass man, you should be allowed to make grown-ass decisions.”"
Plummer points out the hypocrisy of the league’s drug policy, when painkillers that create addiction are frequently given to combat pain and get players on the field. He is a proponent of using CBD (cannabidiol) and thinks NFL players should be able to “puff on this fatty” after games to take away pain. According to the story, Plummer takes CBD every day.
Plummer walked away years ago and is not subject to any formal backlash from the league. Eugene Monroe, who played tackle for Baltimore last year, publicly advocated for the league to recognize the benefits of medical marijuana, and was released by the Ravens and still has not signed with another team.
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