AUBREY BRUCEHere we round the mulberry bush, again. It seems that Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant’s penchant for the “herbs and spices” has again taken precedent over his on the field value to the Black and Gold.When I generally think of Bryant, four words come to mind, talented, talented, talented, selfish, stupid and sideways. That is only four words, the word talented was repeated. Bryant is being accused of and is again facing suspension for a second time for allegedly violating the NFL’s illegal substance abuse policies, again.According to an article Posted by Mike Florio on profootballtalk.com on March 12, 2016, Florio wrote that: “Martavis Bryant apparently hasn’t chosen football over marijuana. Dejan Kovacevic of dkpittsburghsports.com reports that Bryant is “facing a season-long suspension.”If this flows from the continuation of issues that Bryant said after serving a four-game suspension in 2015 “are behind me now,” it’s unclear why Bryant has skipped over the 10-game suspension and went straight to what would be, technically, a banishment with the ability to apply for reinstatement after one calendar year passes.It’s possible that, while facing a 10-game suspension for a violation of the policy, Bryant committed a separate violation.”There are many excuses about alcohol and drug abuse but it is my opinion the majority of the reasons that many psychologists’ and sociologists present to justify the use and abuse of drugs in American society is “one big crock.”Society needs to classify sins of pleasure as diseases’ in order to “invent treatments” to make money. The following countries; Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei.India (only in the states of Gujarat, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland, and the union territory of Lakshadweep.) Iran, Kuwait Libya, Saudi Arabia are just a few of the countries that prohibit the consumption of alcohol by natural born citizens.A few of these countries will sell alcohol to foreigners’ and tourists’ in public places such as hotels etc, but prohibit natives from partaking in and enjoying wine and spirits. However, Afghanistan is one of the world largest growers of the “poppy flower” one of the main sources of opiates, (the foundation of heroin) in the world and the population has a problem with the abuse of opiates.I could not find any alcohol abuse treatment centers listed in Afghanistan because alcohol consumption is forbidden and is not the drug of choice but the abuse of opiates is a serious problem. Notice I said alcohol is not the drug of choice as opposed to not being the disease of choice.According to the www.state.gov website; “In 2010, the United States [supported] 30 residential drug treatment centers – 75% of all centers – making it the largest contributor to drug treatment services in Afghanistan.” Now we have exported our failed drug treatment methods to the Middle East. Providing a flawed crutch and reasoning for their populace to indulge in drug activity. People can only abuse drugs that are readily available to them.The consumption of drugs and alcohol is not a disease. Getting high makes one feel good, no ifs’, ands, or buts. Diseases do not make you feel good. Logical human beings do not seek to ingest and have their bodies inhabited by a disease.Cancer is a disease, Ebola is a disease. No one leaves their house at 1AM in the morning to chase down a dealer in a questionable part of town just to ask the question; “Hey, you got any of that cancer or heart disease, if you do how good is it?”Martavis Bryant does not need traditional rehab. Mr. Bryant needs the Gap Band method to successfully kick the weed habit. I am positive that the ole “oops up side your head” treatment if implemented before it is too late will suffice for Mr. Bryant if it is implemented, post-haste.”Ask former NFL running back Ricky Williams if he regards smoking “Chronic” as a disease? Now Martavis Bryant is allegedly and supposedly seeking treatment for “depression,” which may also be a crock of you know what. Why? Because if you, me or the gatepost stood to lose a hundreds of thousands of yen just because of playing the “Puff the Magic Dragon” game after hours instead of video games, hell, we would probably be depressed too.How can any sane human being justify destroying potentially Hall-of-Fame career just to get high?The real high is supposed to be derived from competing as an NFL athlete, not competing as to whose lungs have the largest capacity to smoke the most “ganga.” Martavis Bryant will only cease to illegally smoke marijuana when getting high on football becomes more important that getting high on weed.Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412.583.6741Follow him on [email protected]
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