Dec. 04, 2016
Warriors Coach Steve Kerr Admits to Having Smoked Weed to Help Treat Back Pain
Add Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr to the list of athletes or former athletes who’ve used marijuana to deal with pain.
Kerr missed the start of last season after struggling with nausea and headaches after having back surgery complications. Kerr admitted that the unrelenting pain and discomfort drove him to seek relief in alternative remedies, including marijuana.
“I guess maybe I can even get in some trouble for this, but I’ve actually tried it twice during the last year and a half, when I’ve been going through this chronic pain that I’ve been dealing with,” Kerr told CSN’s Monte Poole in a Friday appearance on The Warriors Insider Podcast.
“(After) a lot of research, a lot of advice from people, and I have no idea if maybe I would have failed a drug test. I don’t even know if I’m subject to a drug test or any laws from the NBA.”
You can rule out Kerr being a frequent user, as he told CSN that the weed doesn’t agree with him.
“I’m not a pot person; it doesn’t agree with me,” Kerr said. “I’ve tried it a few times, and it did not agree with me at all. So I’m not the expert on this stuff. But I do know this: If you’re an NFL player, in particular, and you’ve got a lot of pain, I don’t think there is any question that pot is better for your body than Vicodin. And yet athletes everywhere are prescribed Vicodin like it’s Vitamin C, like it’s no big deal. …
“It’s way worse for you than pot, especially if you’re looking for a painkiller and you’re talking about medicinal marijuana, the different strains what they’re able to do with it as a pain reliever.
“I think it’s only a matter of time before the NBA and NFL and Major League Baseball realize that.”
Kerr believes marijuana is less damaging to the body than the painkillers leagues prescribe their players instead, citing the NFL, which has a more stringent marijuana policy than the NBA.
NBA players are randomly drug tested throughout the season.