According to the Associated Press, Former Atlanta Falcons running back and current ESPN sports analyst Jamal Anderson was arrested early Sunday for possession of both marijuana and cocaine. Anderson, who was booked into the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta, was arrested at the Peachtree Tavern in Buckhead, a suburb of Atlanta.
The Fulton Country sheriff’s office says that Jamal Anderson’s first hearing is scheduled for Monday. He is being charged with a misdemeanor for marijuana possession and a felony for possession of cocaine.
Jamal Anderson Arrested on Drug Charges: Surprised?
Unfortunately, for football fans, Jamal Anderson’s arrest on drug charges should not come as a great surprise. It may, in fact, be a habit he carried over from his playing days. In particular, Cocaine use among professional football players has been a pervasive problem for many years.
In their book, Performance-enhancing Substances in Sport and Exercise, authors Michael S. Bahrke and Charles E. Yesalis include a quotation regarding the use of cocaine in pro football in the 70s from former San Francisco 49er running back Vic Washington: “At the time it was viewed as giving the player and edge….We were in a war out there. And using cocaine was seen as a way of getting psyched up to have an edge. I understood it at the time because we were out of reality. Pro football is not reality.”
Jamal Anderson Arrested for Possession of Marijuana and Cocaine: It’s Not Just Him
Lest you think that cocaine use among professional football players is a thing of the past, consider the case of Denver Broncos defensive tackle Marcus Thomas, who was arrested last year for possession of cocaine. Consider, too, the case of Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Matt Jones. Jones, like Thomas, was arrested last year for possession of cocaine.
Jamal Anderson, Michael Phelps and Alex Rodriguez: They’ve got Drug Issues
Drug use and general untoward behavior among high-profile athletes has been in the news a lot lately. Olympic swimming phenom Michael Phelps was all over the news last week when a picture of him inhaling from a marijuana pipe hit the Internet. And just yesterday, news broke out that, according to a report from Sports Illustrated, New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez tested positive for anabolic steroid use in 2003. And now the Jamal Anderson story is upon us. Indeed, drug abuse among high-profile athletes has been and continues to be a serious problem.
Former Falcons player Jamal Anderson arrested, The Associated Press, February 8, 2009
Bronco Busted For Cocaine, Mike Florio, profootballtalk.com
Jaguars’ Matt Jones Arrested, Police Say He Posssessed Cocaine, Michael David Smith, fanhouse.com
Performance-Enhancing Substances in Sport and Exercise, Michael S. Bahrke and Charles E. Yesalis