The Washington Post is reporting that Redskins left tackle Trent Williams has been suspended for the rest of the season after a 3rd positive test for “recreational drugs,” a euphemism for smoking pot.
Williams, a star at Oklahoma, was drafted 4th overall in the 2010 college draft, and started 10 games for the Skins this season. At a base salary of $7.8 million, Williams will lose $1.8 million, because he will not be paid during his suspension.
That still leaves him $6 million for the season, and he can have his job back next year. Many others whose urine tests are positive for marijuana are not so lucky. Few employers have the NFL’s 3-strike policy. At many jobs, you will be fired after a single positive test.
National Basketball Association players are taking no chances. The NBA’s new Labor Agreement eliminates testing for marijuana during the off-season. Players will only be tested for performing enhancing drugs. You can guess what many NBA stars have been doing during the lock-out.