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Antonio Cromartie: NFL shouldn't ban marijuana

Steam comes out of the mouth of Antonio

Steam comes out of the mouth of Antonio Cromartie as he walks in the cold weather before a game against the Oakland Raiders. (Dec. 8, 2013) Credit: AP

NFL players should be allowed to smoke marijuana if they want to, according to Antonio Cromartie. During a recent interview for an entertainment website, the Jets cornerback said the league is wasting its time by banning the drug.

"They need to just let it go,'' Cromartie told, a site affiliated with the rapper 50 Cent. "We're just going to do it anyway. They need to go ahead and say, 'Y'all go ahead, smoke it, do what you need to do.' ''

Although it sounds as if Cromartie said "we're'' in the video clip, he took to Twitter Wednesday to defend himself and to clarify his statement.

"The interview that I did on the weed policy, I never said We're I said that Players will smoke anyway. I don't smoke so I don't care about it,'' Cromartie tweeted.

He followed up by tweeting: "I guess when there's nothing to talk in the football world this is what happens . . . And for my followers I don't smoke and I haven't smoked anything in my life. I never seen the need too.''

In response to one of his followers, Cromartie tweeted: "I don't [care] about the media I care about the kids that look up to me as a role model. I don't want them to think its ok to smoke.''

The NFL's ban on marijuana was a much-talked about topic before Super Bowl XLVIII, which featured teams from Colorado and Washington, the only states that have legalized non-medical marijuana use. On Jan. 23, commissioner Roger Goodell said the league would be open to allowing players to use medical marijuana if experts could show it helps treat concussions.

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