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Dec 5, 2016 9:20 AM

NFL Player Henderson Treats Crohn’s Disease With Weed and May Press League Over Marijuana Policy

The famous offensive lineman for the world-known Buffalo Bills, Seantrel Henderson, is suspended for the second time this season for violating the rules of NFL on drug use. However, Henderson’s case is not a common matter as it concerns the questions of the approach to dealing with pain and the rapidly changing attitudes toward marijuana legalization.

What makes the situation so unusual is the fact that Henderson uses marijuana, which is legalized in many states of America but prohibited by the NFL, to manage the pain caused by Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel illness that just this year has made the football star have two serious surgeries. In January 2016, 2 ½ feet of Henderson’s colon were taken out, and in April, he had surgery to reattach his intestines. He also had to wear an ileostomy bag and lost around 50 pounds. Henderson did not appeal the offense he received in September for consuming a prohibited substance.

Former Football Superstar Ricky Williams Promotes Marijuana As Effective Painkiller for NFL Players
Former Football Superstar Ricky Williams Promotes Marijuana As Effective Painkiller for NFL Players
​Ricky Williams is on the list of the most recognizable and famous football players in the whole world. In 1998, the running back from the University of Texas won the Heisman Trophy. Ricky Williams is the guy the New Orleans Saints traded for, and the price was really high—they gave up every one of their picks in the NFL draft of 1999 (plus three drafts in 2000). This is considered to be one of the most irrational and infamous draft moves in the whole history of NFL.

This week, the NFL will make a decision on the punishment that would be appropriate. The report of Ian Rapoport states that Henderson can take the matter to court. Brian Fettner, Henderson’s agent, said that NFL would accept no medical exception and it did not matter that Henderson was fighting Crohn’s disease and had his intestines taken out. It does not matter how you consume cannabis; if you do, it is a fact the NFL will not accept. Fettner also explained why they did not appeal the first time: you can appeal and lose everything you have with no right to return, or you can just get it over with. All Fettner wants is Seantrel back as soon as it possible, nobody wants to waste anyone’s precious time.

Former Football Superstars Want NFL to Allow Players to Use Medical Marijuana
Former Football Superstars Want NFL to Allow Players to Use Medical Marijuana
The former offensive lineman at San Diego State, Kyle Turley, is making efforts to convince the NFL to allow players with specific medical conditions to use marijuana. More than that, he hopes that the rapidly growing number of studies on cannabis will also help his proposal.

As the attitudes about marijuana are starting to change, the NFL Players Association begin actively studying the possibility of permitting the players to consume marijuana in order to manage the pain. For the third-year offensive lineman Henderson, who, by the way, missed five games in 2015, this season might also be wasted.

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