So where in the world did this sudden run on Lions’ players getting popped for pot come from? Mikel Leshoure was busted twice in less than a month between Feb. 18 and March 12. Nick Fairley was busted Wednesday. Johnny Culbreath was popped in January.
Here’s my theory, at least as it pertains to Leshoure and Fairley.
According the NFL’s substances abuse policy, the first mandatory drug tests for current players are administered between April 20 and Aug. 9. So players know they have from the end of the season until April 20 before they will have to pass a test.
Unless you are smoking massive amounts, you need about two weeks to clean out your system in order to pass the NFL’s pot test. The league isn’t taking DNA samples or anything like that; it’s a urine test.
So players have a good idea how long play time lasts. Leshoure, assuming he’s stopped smoking (or eating it, whatever) after his arrests, gave himself more than a month. Fairley was cutting it real close.
Just a theory. It’s a stupid risk, either way.