Defensive end of the New England Patriots, Chandler Jones, was hospitalized after showing up at the Foxborough police station looking for help after having a bad reaction to synthetic marijuana. More details are starting to surface, courtesy of the Boston Globe, about what exactly took place at the police station. Reports include Jones running around the station parking lot and eventually getting down on his knees in a praying position near the entrance reserved for authorized personnel. Jones was ultimately taken to Norwood Hospital, discharged and was present for practice the next morning at 6:30 p.m. for weight training.
The NFL is fully aware of the situation and is going over the matter. According to Massachusetts law, synthetic marijuana is a Class D drug in the same group as phenobarbitol, a prescription medication.
“There is nothing more important to me, personally, than the health and well-being of our players, staff and support people in this organization,” Belichick said.
Fortunately for Jones synthetic marijuana is not on the NFL’s list of banned substances, and even though the league could punish players for breaking the law, it’s not illegal in Massachusetts.
So here’s the real question: After all that took place, does the first-time Pro Bowler face a potential suspension?
That piece is slightly complicated. Here’s an excerpt from the league’s drug policy:
“The NFL and the NFLPA prohibit Players from the illegal use, possession, or distribution of drugs, including but not limited to cocaine; marijuana; opiates and opioids; methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA); and phencyclidine (PCP). The abuse of prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and alcohol is also prohibited. For example, the use of amphetamines and substances that induce similar effects, absent a verified and legitimate need for appropriate dosages of such substances to treat existing medical conditions, is prohibited.”
Jones spoke briefly with reporters today, saying he “made a pretty stupid mistake this weekend.”