When I first read the ESPN article about Jon Singleton
and his marijuana 'addiction,' I had to do a double-take to make sure I wasn't reading something out of The Onion or a similar parody news site.
But alas, it was indeed on the ESPN.com website, and this was apparently an attempt at a legitimate sports news article.
Still, I remain skeptical whenever I see anyone mention 'marijuana addiction.'
Having known (and being related to) addicts of various levels, it's almost offensive to equate Singleton's enjoyment of recreational marijuana to the perils of real addiction.
"At this point it's pretty evident to me that I'm a drug addict. I don't openly tell everyone that, but it's pretty apparent to myself. I know that I enjoy smoking weed, I enjoy being high and I can't block that out of my mind that I enjoy that, so I have to work against that."
The Astros are supporting Singleton, whose marijuana use could theoretically result in suspensions through the league's drug testing program if he continues.
"We applaud Jon for the courage he has shown in tackling this issue head on. He has displayed a great deal of maturity and commitment over the past year and has the full support of the Astros organization. He is on the right track for his baseball career, and, more importantly, for his life. We are very proud of Jon."
Singleton has stopped using marijuana, according to the report, and it looks like he'll be fine for now.
Glad to see he has gotten help with his 'addiction.'
We'll see how that works when it becomes illegal in a few years, and/or after he retires.