Golfer Matt Every, who finished 6th last week at the 2012 Sony Open in Honolulu, is a sports rarity – a stand-up guy.
Golfing fans know that Every was suspended by the pro golf tour in 2011 for possession of marijuana – a charge which was later dismissed.
Back on the tour, and playing with skill and determination, Every earned his first top ten finish, shooting 10 under par for the tournament.
Asked by reporters is he is now hanging out with a different crowd, Every had every chance to play sorry – but he didn’t. According to the New York Times, Every told the crowd:
“If one of my friends likes to smoke marijuana every now and then, I’m not going to say, ‘Well, you can’t be my friend anymore.’”
“Honestly, man, I know more people who smoke marijuana than who don’t smoke marijuana. I know that’s probably not the politically correct thing to say, but it’s the truth.”
“It’s not a big deal to me. Like I don’t frown on people doing that stuff. I don’t do it, but I don’t frown upon it.”
Most pro athletes are afraid to speak out about marijuana – worried that their commercial sponsors wouldn’t be too pleased.
Every showed true class by leveling with the media. Finally an athlete worth rooting for.
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