Maryland: Baltimore Ravens Cut Eugene Monroe, Mention His Marijuana Advocacy
By Derrick Stanley
The Baltimore Ravens released offensive tackle Eugene Monroe Wednesday, mentioning his outspoken marijuana advocacy on their website afterwards.
“Monroe had surgery to repair a torn labrum (shoulder) this offseason, and used the time off to become the first active NFL player to openly campaign for the use of medical marijuana. The Ravens did not rally behind the cause,” the Ravens’ website says.
After that, the Ravens’ site included a quote from head coach John Harbaugh, saying, “I promise you, he does not speak for the organization."
There usually are more than one reason when a player is cut. Monroe was due a $6.5 million salary this year and had a history of injuries.
But Monroe's outspoken push for the NFL to consider changing its position on marijuana is probably one of thee reasons for him getting dropped.
That would be unfortunate if true. Players should be able to speak their mind when it comes to matters of public policy without it costing their position in the organization.