But regardless, whatever he did, he showed great character by doing what he did after the fact. How many players is age have done that? Call the Steelers, admit his mistake, drive to meet them, and adhere to everything they asked him to do? I really admire that. He was going to get picked before the end of round 2 by someone. He really didnt have to do what he did. The kid was willing to do what ever it took to become a Pittsburgh Steeler. I think we may be seeing someone who is now driven. And Shawn you know if this kid is driven he has the potential to be great.
Steelers 2014 Draft
1-Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State
2-Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt
3-Jordan Tripp ILB/OLB Montana
4-Christian Jones ILB Florida State
5-Brent Urban DE Virginia
5-Michael Schofield OG/OT Michigan
6-Kadeem Edwards OG Tennessee State
6-Ben Gardner DE Stanford
7-Aaron Colvin CB Oklahoma
10 years? I do addiction medicine for a living and never heard of any reports more than 3 years. And most of the time 6-9 months is the max. I mean hair grows, and it's cut. If it's a urine drug screen, a week unless there is heavy use which can extend that to as much as 45 days. So, if someone comes in for an assessment and their UDS isn't dirty but their hair is, odds are that they have smoked in the last year sometime.
So, lets assume his UDS was clean and he popped positive on the hair. Odds are that he has smoked in the last year but not right before the draft. For me, that is reassuring. Not everyone who smokes pot is an addict. And you are not dealing with someone who was smoking before the combine. That would be reassuring to me, and counseling would be sufficient in most instances.
Now if it's a positive in a urine drug screen, that smells like addiction to me unless proven otherwise. Someone trying to squeeze in another J before one of the biggest days of his life is likely an addict. In that case, counseling is usually not enough. He is going to need at minimum a outpatient treatment, and if he tests positive again...inpatient. The NFL does a terrible job at getting help for some of these young men who suffer from addiction issues.
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