Michele Roberts Rumors
“Today started yesterday, when the Jacob Blake shooting was being justified, although I’m not sure there was a single human surprised at that finding,” Roberts told ESPN on Wednesday. “Every single player that contacted me — or that I contacted — saw the same connection to the Blake shooting being justified. We were watching these people essentially committing treason at the Capitol and I have yet to hear about a single shot being fired.”
Michele Roberts: “On a day like this, it’s the first thing that comes to mind. And all I can say is that I’m grateful knowing that hopefully nobody who looks like me is going to Capitol Hill to respond to this, because if they do, you’ll see a different response by law enforcement. You know it — and I know it.”
NBPA executive director Michele Roberts has long said NBA cannabis testing should end. And recently she spoke of the backwardness of the ongoing marijuana testing and ban as the cannabis industry is better understood and expands across the country. “The owners and NBA are not so Pollyannaish about marijuana that they would be opposed to the relaxation of the rules,” Roberts said in a phone call with The Athletic. “There’s not sufficient credible evidence that THC use in a marijuana product is any more problematic than alcohol.”
Roberts said she expects that marijuana testing will at least informally halt for good sooner than 2024. “I don’t see any reason to test for marijuana or cannabis. That’s just nuts. Same for alcohol,” Roberts said. “Are we in the 21st century or what? What are we doing here? I think it’s absurd.”
Per multiple league sources, random marijuana testing will remain suspended through the upcoming 2020-21 season—only “with cause” tests will be done, an area the league has historically been pretty lax about, sources say (PED testing will remain a part of the league’s program, per sources).
The move to suspend testing in the bubble was bargained relatively quickly between the league and players’ association, sources say. The choice to maintain the suspension into the upcoming season is largely meant to minimize contacts and maintain COVID safety—or at least, that’s the party line.