Sunday , Aug , 16 , 2009 Oly Sandor

High Times: marijuana video will end Stephon Marbury’s NBA career

Recently, the combo guard smoked weed for viewers of his 24-hour video blog. Make no mistake about it, the veteran’s performance will kill whatever was left of his NBA career. Marbury, a free agent with a troubling track record, needed to avoid controversy to land one final contract before calling it a career. Admitting to marijuana use and putting it on-line for millions to see is an obvious mistake and will scare off the few teams that had interest in his services …

High Times: marijuana video will end Stephon Marbury's NBA careerRight now, Stephon Marbury is likely pulling his signature Starbury sneakers out his mouth.

Recently, the combo guard smoked weed for viewers of his video blog and admitted to using the drug. Make no mistake about it, this will kill whatever was left of the veteran’s NBA career.

Marbury, a free agent with a troubling track record, needed to avoid controversy to land one final contract before calling it a career. Admitting to marijuana use and putting it on-line for millions to see is an obvious mistake and will scare off the few teams that had interest in his services.

After all, suppose you’re an NBA GM. Think of the problems that would come from signing puff-puff-pass Marbury:


(Marbury indulging.)

1) Commissioner Stern and his lackeys would be all over the former All-Star with drug tests like the French and Lance Armstrong. The Player’s Union could step in, but Marbury would surely draw the watchful eye of league head office.

2) Fans and media would have a field day. In recent years, Marbury has tried positioning himself as a role model for children. To be fair, he has given back through generous donations to charity and with his affordable Starbury sneaker line.

Publicly smoking marijuana (an illegal activity) compromises any credibility he had as a mentor. No team wants negative press, especially when it’s readily available on youtube.

3) A team can’t expect Marbury to use good judgement on-court when he uses poor judgement in his personal life by disclosing something he should have, at the very least, kept private.

Using marijuana in such a public fashion is a bad decision, but it doesn’t make Marbury a bad person. He still has enough skill to help a team. However, this incident when combined with his past baggage will end his career.

This is sad. Like many of you, I grew up reading of Marbury’s exploits as a New York wonder kid and had high hopes for his pro career. After some initial success with Kevin Garnett in Minnesota, things never materialized.

Years ago, Marbury put his foot in his mouth by asking the Timberwolves for a trade. Unfortunately, he never learned from his mistake and it will end his NBA career.

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