Synthetic marijuana has become a serious national health problem in recent years, which has been made clear in this week’s headlines about defending New England Patriots, Chandler Jones.
According to a police report published by the Boston Globe, an apparently confused and shirtless Jones turned himself into the Foxboro Police Department by kneeling and praying before asking for help.
Officer David Foscaldo’s report said “it was clear that the person was looking for help and assistance”, saying “‘I’m Chandler Jones…” and he kept telling us he had been ‘told’ to go to to our police station.”
After being admitted to a hospital, Jones’ erratic behavior was reported to have been triggered by consuming synthetic marijuana, a potentially lethal substitute for a jar containing a chemically made version of marijuana’s active compound known as cannabinoids.
Jones is not the first professional athlete to behave questionably under the influence of fake pot, let alone the first professional football player. In November 2013, Kellen Winslow, then New York Jets, was arrested and found with synthetic marijuana after a woman allegedly reported masturbating in his car in a parking lot at Target.
Despite suffering from shame, both Jones and Winslow are lucky enough to be injury free and alive. In December, Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss’s standout football player, experienced hallucinations while using synthetic marijuana that caused him to jump out of an Atlanta hotel room window to survive a 15-foot fall, NBC Sports reports.
Smoking synthetic weed even led to the death of 19-year-old basketball player Lamar Jack at Anderson (SC) University in 2011, who collapsed during training. the Washington Post.
The number of deaths from synthetic marijuana use tripled in mid-2015 compared to the full year of 2014.
“The 2015 figures include a peak of 1,501 calls in April and 15 reported deaths, a threefold increase from the five deaths reported in 2014,” according to a June 2015 report from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.
Jones seems to sincerely apologize for his actions and probably realizes how much worse his situation could have been.
“I made a pretty stupid mistake this weekend,” Jones told Yahoo Sports on Thursday. “I feel the need to apologize to everyone.…I want to apologize to all the fans.…Like I said, I made a stupid mistake.”
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