The NBA has a strict drug policy, but apparently, some players don’t care.
Former NBA player Stephen Jackson recently admitted to smoking marijuana before playing in games.
During an interview on the “I Am Rapaport: Stereo Podcast”, the 38-year-old said he played high… and had “great games”.
“I just gotta be real, you know, it’s been a couple games where I smoked before games and had great games,” Jackson said. “It’s been some games where I smoked before the game and was on the bench after three minutes sitting on the sideline, ‘Please calm down, this high has to calm down’ — I done shot three shots that went over the backboard, like, I’m going to be honest, like, ‘Ahh, I gotta calm down.’ ”
Jackson also claimed that Don Nelson — who was his coach during a stint with the Golden State Warriors — knew he smoked weed… and was cool with.
“We’re in Utah and the [league’s] drug test people are around, you know, to get our last drug test so we can smoke, right? Don Nelson, we talked about weed all the time, he was cool with talking about weed. We got our last test in Utah, right? So me and [teammate] Baron [Davis] are coming out the locker room just screaming, excited with our last pink slip saying we could smoke for the rest of the season, and Don Nelson hauls ass down there giving us high-fives, like, ‘Yeah, we can smoke now!’ It was cool, the fact that he knows what’s going on off the court with his players, which was great, man. We enjoyed it. That’s why we were a great team.”
Jackson retired in the summer of 2015, after a 14-year career in the league.