In the age of Trump, many professional athletes and coaches are offering up their opinions on various issues in politics. One of the most outspoken people in the sports world is Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. And he's now speaking his mind about a new topic: marijuana.
“I’m a proponent of it,” Kerr said. “I do feel strongly that (marijuana) is a much better option than some of the prescription drugs, and I know that it’s helping a lot of people, which is great.”
Kerr has previously admitted to using medical marijuana in the past to help deal with complications related to back surgeries he's undergone in the past few years. While he did not find cannabis to be particularly helpful in alleviating his pain, he said he still preferred it over prescription opioids he was often recommended.
“Having gone through a tough spell over the last year with my own recovery from back surgery, and a lot of pain, I had to do a lot of research,” Kerr said in December 2016. “You get handed prescriptions for Vicodin, Oxycontin, Percocet, NFL players, that’s what they’re given. The stuff is awful. The stuff is dangerous. The addiction possibility, what it can lead to, the long-term health risks. The issue that’s really important is how do we do what’s best for the players.
Kerr has also previously stated his support for the NBA and other sports leagues allowing players to use medical marijuana to help recover from injuries.
Of course, this may just be Kerr's way of gaining favor with Warriors guard Klay Thompson, whom many people believe is no stranger to cannabis.