Thoughts on Ricky Williams
After a twitter follower recently said that if he could smoke with anyone, he’d pick Ricky Williams, I put some thought into the matter and decided that Ricky Williams steadfast commitment to a life induced with ganja warranted a blog post.
Now this man has tested positively to marijuana use on three separate occasions throughout his NFL career. On May 14th, 2004 the commissioner announced that Ricky Williams would be fined $650,000 and receive a four game suspension after he tested positive for marijuana. This was his second strike. It is thought that Williams failed a third test between May and November, at which time he announced he would retire from the NFL.
Let’s step back a minute. This man has the opportunity to make millions of dollars a year, and all that stands in his way is his marijuana use. What does he do? He retires. What a resounding and succinct way to stand up for what he believes.
Williams has been diagnosed with an array of personality disorders, and used to be the spokesman for Paxil, a pharmaceutical prescribed to those who suffer from the specific disorders Williams does. When he stepped down from this posision, he later stated in an ESPN interview that marijuana was a form of “psychotherapy” for him, and that “marijuana is ten times better for me than Paxil.”
Although he ended up returning to the NFL, Williams used his year off in 2004 to become a registered yoga instructor, and to teach classes at local universities during his stint playing in the Canadian Football League.
You have to love Ricky. The man medicates himself with marijauana, and maintains a successful career in the NFL? I don’t know about you all, but if I was medicating myself with marijuana there is not a good chance of me doing much of anything, and here is Ricky, running for 1,000 yards in 2010. He is an inspiration to ‘successful stoners’ everywhere.
In 2006, Williams stated that he no longer found it necessary to use marijuana. He tested positive for the fourth time in early 2007.