One of the more annoying aspects of Marcell Dareus’ suspension is the discussion it has prompted – mostly among Buffalo Bills apologists wanting someone else to blame – about NFL rules prohibiting players from using marijuana being outdated.
That might very well be the case. In light of states where NFL teams are located legalizing the use of recreational and medical marijuana, the league could eventually change its policy.
With Dareus, however, focusing on what some call antiquated thinking is missing the point.
The NFL is perfectly within its right to establish work rules. We all deal with them as a condition of employment. In the case of the NFL, they’ve been collectively bargained with the players, the vast majority of whom obey them.
The only time this subject is debated is when a high-profile player gets suspended. I remember hearing the same whining through the multiple transgressions of Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, who so far has shown a greater affinity for weed than playing football.
Dareus knew the rules. He repeatedly violated them. That makes him the problem, not the policy.