NFL Player Faces Suspension For Treating Debilitating Disease
NFL tackle Seantrel Henderson faces suspension for using Medical Marijuana, The Buffalo Bills offensive tackle may serve a lengthy suspension for treating his Chrohns Disease with medical marijuana.The National Football League has officially stated that Henderson faces a 10-game ban for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, reports ESPN.
Henderson’s Battle With Crohn’s
Henderson already served a four-game suspension earlier this season for violating the league’s drug policy, and now plans to appeal the suspension by taking the matter to court. Henderson, 24, uses medical cannabis to help manage the severe symptoms he suffers from Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory illness that targets the digestive system. Henderson’s has lost almost 50 lbs from the disease and has had to have 2 1/2 feet of his intestines removed.
“He needs cannabis. You can’t take pain killers with the way his intestines are,” a source told NFL.com. “Merciful or not, there is no medical exception that the NFL will accept. It doesn’t matter that Seantrel is battling Crohn’s disease, and has had his intestines outside his body,” his agent, Brian Fettner, told ESPN in September. “It doesn’t matter how you take it, if you digest the cannabis, that’s it. And they don’t care.”
Many former NFL players are now advocates for athletes using cannabis for its medical qualities, including Ricky Williams and Eugene Monroe.
“I’ve got doctors telling me this is the No. 1 medicine that would help your disease” He told the Buffalo news in October. “You try to tell that to the league, and it seems like they didn’t care too much.”