Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Florida State Seminoles nose tackle Timmy Jernigan (8) celebrates late in the fourth quarter against the Auburn Tigers for the 2014 BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft: The Smoker’s Club

“Welcome to the smokers club…


Me and my teammates smoke a lot a pot

Watch my tape, cuz I don’t care if there is a combine or not…


It’s quite amazing to see how reckless people can be with their futures. Failing a drug test that you know of months in advance is just plain stupid. Nevertheless, six highly recruited prospects  managed to fail the drug test at the NFL combine last April (Per @JayGlazer, Mettenberger, Jernigan, Telvin Smith, Christian Jones, Anthony Johnson and Seantrel Henderson failed drug tests at combine).

Some reporters have coined these individuals as dumb or dependent; either too dumb to care about their future or too dependent to stop (smoking marijuana). Although the former seems more plausible, it’s still baffling how carless these players can be.  The NFL is a college players dream job, their game tape is the “previous work experience,” and the NFL Combine is the “job interview.” How can you throw your dream job by failing the easiest part of the interview?


Yes, most if not all these players will still be drafted, but their draft stocks all took a hit. Timmy Jernigan (DT, Florida State) for example, is not only could help out our Bolts, but will most likely take the biggest hit from this – monetarily speaking. Jernigan was a fringe 1st rounder who will obviously drop a bit because of this news. Based on the NFL rookie wage scale, if he slips just one round he would lose about $3 million dollars (from round end of round 1 to end of round 2).


A lot of these players could fill holes for the Chargers, but would you want them on your team?

Should we avoid them completely or is there a value trade-off?


Pop the top off tha drank and we rolling some dank bro

It doesn’t matter cuz imma be an NFL pro

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  • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

    If you’re dumb enough to smoke pot the night before the combine drug test, then I wouldn’t want you on my team. That goes for all of the players mentioned.

  • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

    Last time I looked it was legal. NFL needs to change the policy.

    • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

      It’s only legal in Washington and Colorado, and the NFL has the right to set their own policy, just as any workplace does, even in a state where it’s legal.

      • SDmarm17

        All the drug test proves is that it is in their system. It doesn’t say that they are showing up to work intoxicated. But I still think they should be smarter about something that could screw up their chances of getting paid. Illegal or not. The NFL doesn’t want you smoking weed so why the hell risk losing money.

  • Turtle

    I smoke pot a decent amount. Its really not even that big of a deal, as compared to how it used to be. Who cares what people do with their spare time? As long as they’re not stoned on the field, I could not care less.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

      Exactly. And what’s the good of making millions if you can’t enjoy life?

      • Marcel West-Bailey

        The two aren’t related. You don’t have to smoke pot to enjoy life nor does making millions of dollars constitute that must smoke.

        • Gunnar Martin

          Well said Marcel.

    • Stefanie Smith

      But if it is illegal in the state where you are smoking, then you are committing a crime. I have no problem with smoking weed but the NFL does not look kindly on those that break the law–to a point. Plus, these GMs are looking for anything to get a good player at a bargain price. Yes, there are problems. Employers don’t like it whether we think it is a big deal or not. But yeah, if they are not blasted at work, then I don’t have an issue, except they better have a prescription if they come to the Bolts,as that is all that is permitted in this state.

      My brothers all smoke weed. My mom does not like it and it gets her upset. Do you just shove it in her face and say, “It is no big deal”? No. you don’t do it around them or where they will find out. These guys were rubbing it in the NFL’s face. It is sort of a “tough sh–it” attitude they are giving out. Not good if they want that Subway commercial either. Bad for the brand and image building.

      • Aaron Johnson

        I dont know, it might be better if they want that Subway commercial.

        All jokes aside I agree with you. If it’s illegal in the state and they do it, no dice. We are in San Diego where it’s basically tolerated the same way it is in Amsterdam. I dont care if he smokes so long as he has his card. From a business standpoint, the NFL doesnt have to worry about defending players in states where it’s legal. However, once it is breaking the law the NFL by rule of not being “drug test fail stupid” cannot take a pro-pot stance without also taking a pro-breakthelaw stance.

        Plus, it helps with pain and these guys get hit with truck force damn near every play. Let them light up a plant rather than a pill with 10 synthetic chems.

        • Stefanie Smith

          I never really considered the pain issue. I bet that would come up at some time or another. Good point. And I totally agree, I would rather have them smoke weed than taking pills for pain management.

  • Marcel West-Bailey

    You are a special kind of stupid to fail a drug test when you know when you have to piss in a cup. That’s a new breed of stupidity.

    • tubbs45

      Actually it is the same old breed, people have been failing drug test since they were created.

      • Marcel West-Bailey

        Lol very good point. I personally don’t care if they smoke but don’t do stupid stuff to get caught. Like getting blazed the day before you have a drug test.

        • tubbs45

          I mean seriously… couldn’t wait till after the combine??? DUMB DUMB DUMB ASSES!


    Did anyone direct them to a smoke shop for the artificial piss? Anyways they’re pretty dumb if they know they have a test coming up for one of the biggest days in their lives. I smoke everyday but I’m not dumb enough to smoke when I know I’m getting tested the next day. It is what it is. The NFL is looking into potentially “legalizing weed” with marijuana compliant states as a possible pain killer. It’s way better than putting all these chemicals from Vicodin and Narcos in their body. I wouldn’t mind if the Chargers had one of these players as long as they’re responsible with it and doesn’t show up to work high as kite. Football players put a whole ton of stress on their body, mentally and physically. A little bit of tree won’t hurt as long as they’re smoking the fire…..

    • Captain Kush

      Have you used artificial piss? I read that labs will detect it.

      • 619chargers4life

        Some labs do detect it some don’t. Depends on who is testing .

      • WSU_510_CHARGER

        No i haven’t luckily the bay area is pro marijuana. But i have a few friends that have used it and they got their job every time.

  • Gunnar Martin

    Doesn’t Mettenberger get a pass though? His sample was just diluted cause his doctor told him to drink extra water to help with the cramping in his leg post-ACL surgery, right?

    • tubbs45

      Excellent question! For draftees that fail, is that strike one on the permanent record?

  • TonyBologna

    I don’t get why everyone is busting these kids chops for doing what they are, acting like kids. They have intense school pressure, football pressure, career pressure, and who knows what else pressure. It’s odd to hold them in a higher reguard than what they are, just plain old people that need to relax every once in a while. Whether that relaxing is smoking dope, having a beer, going wine tasting, or going to Dave and Busters to let everything hang out… they just need some time to be human. Smoking marijuana is barely addictive for any child or adult, 8% of users create addiction issues. What is addictive is trying to get some mental rest in inbetween extremely important decision’s and work load that will have a giant impact in your life, and it’s unfortunate that one thing that helps people do that is considered illegal and unmoral, even though it doesn’t change who you are and does not harm you physically at all.

    If a kid smokes some weed, that doesn’t make him a future burden on society, I don’t understand why people make those connections.

    • Stefanie Smith

      If someone was offering you the potential (likely if you are good) to make millions if you do X (not smoke weed and rub it in our faces), would you not go along with that request? If the weed is more important, then alrighty. If they made a commitment to pass a drug test, why didn’t they pass it?

      • Aaron Johnson

        If you told me to take millions and give up something I must clearly love to fail a drug test when i know its coming, I probably wouldn’t take the money. I prefer making my own choices over having a shit ton of money.

        Some people value things over money.

  • tubbs45
  • arnie

    Smoke or don’t smoke, it’s your life and your choice. In the terms of the NFL, a potential employer, it’s against company policy. The bottom line is this, you can be fired from any employer if their drug policy forbids it. I won’t go into the details or drama of the effects of drugs, because that isn’t what this is about.
    It’s about “choices”.
    As a young athlete, who may be on the verge of realizing a once in lifetime dream, they need to decide what’s more important. The weed, or a career in the NFL? Granted, there are players who are probably smoking now. This would explain the poor tackling, but why risk at a stage when you are NOT in the NFL yet?
    Decide what’s important, make a decision and good luck…..

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    I’d probably not want my QB to smoke with all the stuff they have to remember lol I can see it hurting Mettenburger but probably not the other dudes. I smoke almost every day, stopped for the last 3 months and my mind is finally 100% back to full speed, so like I said just from mind cloudyness I wouldn’t want my QB smoking pot, everybody else with the beating they take who cares. I lift weights heavy and the only thing I can do that takes 100% of the fatigue & intense soreness away completely and within 15 mins is smoking herb, I love it. I could see if making a player who is trying to just relax feel amazing, one day it’s not going to matter but we aren’t quite there yet.

  • FitzWilly

    who doesn’t love smokin a bowl
    groovy and far out man

  • RZ

    I smoke two joints in the morning, I smoke two joints at night
    I smoke two joints in the afternoon, it makes me feel alright
    I smoke two joints in time of peace, and two in time of war
    I smoke two joints before I smoke two joints, and then I smoke two more…

  • veazy
    • 619chargers4life

      I remember that episode , hilarious !

  • Alter Ego

    Phhhht…there is zero chance that pot is even an issue before this year’s rookie class contracts are up – actually this class and this group of weed loving athletes will probably be a catalyst in the change that is happening throughout the country…sign the players that will be a difference for the Bolts!
    The pot issue,,,is not really an issue anymore – just not on the clock like alcohol.

  • Derek

    this is prob their first wake up call. remember these are kids fresh out of college. i remember my first job out of college it took me a min to realize i cant party everytime im off work. i never came to work high or drunk but i remember days i gave myself 3 hrs to sleep and get ready for the next day. some guys have a dilagent worker attitude from a early age other have to grow one and being big man on campus doesnt help.