I need cannabis to continue playing – James
Take cannabis or retire? That’s the dilemma for the NFL running back who says he needs the drug to continue playing American football.
Mike James, a 27-year-old free agent, believes he has become the first player to ask the league for permission to use cannabis, submitting a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for the drug.
It was rejected in May because he could not indisputably prove he suffered chronic pain, but conversations with the National Football League remain ongoing and James remains hopeful of a long-term solution.
“Submitting the TUE was a huge risk. I may have sacrificed my career to do it,” the running back tells BBC Sport.
“But for me there was no running from it any more. I’m in a position to be able to do something myself, to give me back my life, and help the players in the league.”
Former NBA champion Matt Barnes told BBC Sport on Thursday that cannabis use is “widespread” in the NBA.