Without offering specific details, former Ravens and Chicago Bears linebacker and special-teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo said teammates were smoking marijuana in the days leading up to one of the two Super Bowls he played in.
Ayanbadejo played for the Ravens during the 2012 season as they won Super Bowl XLVII, a win over the San Francisco 49ers, and for the Bears in their loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLI, The audio of Ayanbadejo's Super Bowl story begins at roughly the 29:30 mark of the podcast.
"I'm not going to say which Super Bowl it was but I just remember getting off the elevator one night — it was early on in the week, just to start the week off — and all of the sudden I just got hit over the head with fumes of marijuana on the entire floor of the hotel that the team was staying on," Ayanbadejo said. "I could just imagine there were a few young guys just toking it up in more than one room. I was like, 'Man this is the week of the Super Bowl and you're just going in?'
"So then I was looking around, and I'm like 'OK, where is the security?' I looked and for some reason we didn't have regular police — coach was smart enough to have rent-a-cops on our floor instead of regular police like we usually do. I scratched my head but I was like, 'OK, uh, that's a good thing 'cause . . .' that's it. That's all I've got to say about that."
Ayanbadejo was always known for being outspoken, especially regarding social causes and politics as a strong advocate for legalizing same-sex marriage, during his NFL career. And the former Pro Bowl special-teams ace hasn't changed his approach now that he's a member of the media.
There have been many discussions recently about whether the NFL should allow players to use marijuana for medical reasons with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll both saying that it's worthy of study and consideration.