Starting with the home cities of the game’s two participants, marijuana has become a frequently discussed topic this week leading up to Super Bowl 48. Denver and Seattle both have legalized pot for recreational use. Then there has been the topic of medicinal marijuana for players, something that led to marijuana billboards (pro and anti) in the New York-New Jersey area.
Now former player Brendon Ayanbadejo, who played in Super Bowls for the 2006 Chicago Bears and 2012 Baltimore Ravens, says that he had teammates lighting up the week of the big game (quotes from Fox Sports):
“I’m not going to say which Super Bowl it was but I just remember getting off the elevator one night — it was early on in the week, just to start the week off — and all of the sudden I just got hit over the head with fumes of marijuana on the entire floor of the hotel that the team was staying on . . . I could just imagine there were a few young guys just toking it up in more than one room.
“I was like, ‘Man this is the week of the Super Bowl and you’re just going in?’ So then I was looking around, and I’m like ‘OK, where is the security?’ I looked and for some reason we didn’t have regular police — coach was smart enough to have rent-a-cops on our floor instead of regular police like we usually do.
“I scratched my head but I was like, ‘OK, uh, that’s a good thing ’cause . . .’ that’s it. That’s all I’ve got to say about that.”