Wow, the Cardinals REALLY don’t want Tyrann Mathieu to smoke weed.
The Honey Badger, who signed a four-year, $3.052 million contract with the team on Thursday, will be forced to take part in the NFL’s drug testing program. OK, that makes sense, but this is where things get strange. According to the program, Mathieu will be subject to up to “10 drug tests per month.”
Our thoughts exactly, Ms. Plaza. Nice glasses, by the way.
To his credit, Mathieu has welcomed the drug testing, will cooperate fully and has appeared to have put his irie days behind him. What’s more, the NFL is a private company and is free to handle its business as it sees fit. However, we here at Laces Out are asking the question: Are 10 tests per month a tad … excessive?
In fact, we did a little bit of research to find out how fair this actually is. We checked the Arizona State Legislature website (AZGov.org), to find out the rules for “persons previously convicted of possession or use of marijuana, a dangerous drug or a narcotic drug.”
It says: “If a prisoner is released upon parole or community supervision pursuant to this section, the board of executive clemency shall order that as a condition of parole or community supervision the person be required to participate in an appropriate drug treatment or education program that is administered by a qualified agency, organization or individual approved by the department of health services and that provides the treatment or education to persons who abuse controlled substances.”
Then we pulled up an article in the Arizona Republic, regarding a new law that required parolees to pay for a portion of their drug-testing fees per month. The state’s 12 Treatment Assessment Screening Center assigns parolees a color and each week announces which color will be tested.
According to the article, “the law requires some parolees to pay a portion of the drug-testing costs, which vary by county. Maricopa County’s cost is $7.80, Bowser said. The portion parolees will pay cannot exceed the amount the test costs to issue, according to the law. Parolees will only be charged once a month, regardless of whether their color is called more than once or if they repeat a test.”
Let’s recap: Even if a parolee is unlucky enough to have his/her color called each week, the most he/she will be tested is four times per month. True, Mathieu was arrested in 2012 when police found marijuana in his apartment, but does that mean he should be tested that many more times than the average parolee?
Anyone else think the Cardinals — and the NFL — are getting a little carried away?
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