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
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.
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.
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.