Harrison doesn't agree with NBA drug ...

Harrison doesn't agree with NBA drug policy

There are 123 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Jan 24, 2008, titled Harrison doesn't agree with NBA drug policy. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

David Harrison chose his words carefully, seeking refuge in political correctness.

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Bill

Plainfield, IN

#21 Jan 24, 2008
Hey Harrison, the last time I checked the government considered marijuana illegal, so that would mean that the government has made a rule against it.
Former Pacer Fan

United States

#22 Jan 24, 2008
Harrison, first off you have to be a "basketball player" to make a basketball player comment. And brother you ain't even close to being a basketball player.

Your absence has been a blessing and not seeing your sorry ass on the bench next year will be great.
tit tat

Louisville, KY

#23 Jan 24, 2008
Killa wrote:
Sorry plant-haters, but Harrison is right. Why should the NBA care what he does in his free time? Test all you want for performance enhancing drugs, but leave street drugs out of it. It's not like the guy was hittin' the crack pipe during practice. This is probably something he does in the privacy of his own home. Plus, marijuana has natural healing powers, so it likely helps him rest his aching body. Ah yes, marijuana...why should glaucoma patients have all the fun?
When the rest of us don't have to submit to random drug testing in the workplace, then and only then will I agree with your point of view. Until then, keep peeing in the cup, son.
Daniel

Pryor, OK

#24 Jan 24, 2008
Apparently Harrison can't see the forest for the weed(s). Illegal drugs are illegal. That may be redundant, but does Harrison expect the NBA or the fans to condone criminal activity?
Gary

West Lafayette, IN

#25 Jan 24, 2008
I used to think Harrison had potential (although that was long ago). Now he has made it clear he doesn't, nor ever will have. Unfortunately, it's crap like this that makes us want to say "get rid of all of them and start over!" Will it ever end?
Fred Garvin MP

Spencer, IN

#26 Jan 24, 2008
Harrison doesn't agree with the officials. He said he wouldn't agree with the coach if he had a curfew. He doesn't agree that his recreational drug use is anyone's business.
Get rid of this selfish jerk who DOES NOT GET IT.
What a Fool

West Lafayette, IN

#27 Jan 24, 2008
Let's face it, Harrison is probably the dumbest player ever to put on a Pacer uniform.

How can he not like the drug policy? They gave him 3 chances and he was only suspended for 5 games.

He should be thanking the union for promoting drug use for NBA players and keeping the first two positive results a secret.

I do not claim to be an expert at picking players, but I questioned the logic from day 1 on Pacers picking Harrison. He had issues in college and was never a dominant player. I assume this was a Larry Bird pick.
Bob

United States

#28 Jan 24, 2008
The Pacers should get rid of Harrison the BUM..!
Why does he think that he is above the law and the rules of the NBA..next comes the race card..Tell him bye..bye and save the money
Toxicprof

Briarcliff Manor, NY

#29 Jan 24, 2008
duh wrote:
"I don't understand how they have a right to look into our lives on any level besides performance-enhancing drugs.
"It's not a rule made by government and it's not a rule made by God; it's made by an organization (the NBA). I guess they feel it will benefit that organization."
Uh, hello dope-smokin' millionaire crappy basketball player...it's a rule made by federal law. Marijuana is still illegal last time I checked. Just because you've got money, you think you should be able to do what you want? I see you've been schooled by Tinsley. Loser. You're outta here at the end of the season, so you better save your money now for your weed later, when you're out of the NBA.
While I agree with the general sentiment of the posts here, the issue isn't whether the government considers mj illegal; the issue is whether the NBA as a private corporation has the right and the authority to enforce that law. You wouldn't let your employer go through the parking lot and search workers' car trunks for illegal contraband would you?(actually, these days I think most people would.) Harrison is saying that he considers drug tests that have nothing to do with the performance of his job constitute improper searches. He shouldn't be using the drug, but in the abstract his point is worth considering--or would be in a country where people still cared about their privacy and their rights.
Jay-D

Orland Park, IL

#30 Jan 24, 2008
I was at the chicago game last night. this is the ugliest basketball team in the NBA. Not just in personal appearance, but defensively and offensively. They are unwatchable. I'm sickened. Harrison should keep his mouth shut, he's lucky to be in the NBA. Dunleavy doesn't belong there, nor Diener. Tinsley just straight up wasn't trying. They're offensive.
expacerfan

Redwood City, CA

#31 Jan 24, 2008
Harrison has an issue with the policy? This is why no one cares about the Pacers anymore. No class rich thugs who act foolish.

I wonder what my employer would think of drug use and constant run-ins with the law?
The law

Indianapolis, IN

#32 Jan 24, 2008
Toxicprof wrote:
<quoted text>
While I agree with the general sentiment of the posts here, the issue isn't whether the government considers mj illegal; the issue is whether the NBA as a private corporation has the right and the authority to enforce that law. You wouldn't let your employer go through the parking lot and search workers' car trunks for illegal contraband would you?(actually, these days I think most people would.) Harrison is saying that he considers drug tests that have nothing to do with the performance of his job constitute improper searches. He shouldn't be using the drug, but in the abstract his point is worth considering--or would be in a country where people still cared about their privacy and their rights.
Actually, if you're parking your car on a company's property, the company does have the right to search it. You consented when you drove onto their property. Read the sign by the front gate.

And they have the right to make an employee submit to random drug tests.

Don't like it? Go work someplace else.
Fred Garvin MP

Spencer, IN

#33 Jan 24, 2008
pacerfanomore wrote:
I cannot believe the Indiana Pacers front office is tolerating Harrison's comments of stupidity and behavior. If he has failed the test 3 times, why is he even still in the NBA? We know his supplier is Tinsley. Before I become a Pacer fan again, the front office needs to take a DEEP look at the whole 3 years of frustration.....Tinsley, Daniels, Harrison and O'neal all need to go. Pacers need a fresh start without the above mentioned THUGZ!! Until then nobody cares!!!!!!
Why would you lump Jermaine in with the other three? What is wrong with you? What has he done except visit kids in hospitals and help kids in the community and play hurt, etc. People like you really piss me off with your generalizations.
Matt

Des Moines, IA

#34 Jan 24, 2008
Ladies and gentlemen, it appears Mr. Harrison is actually Ricky Williams in a Pacers jersey!! Make millions of dollars or smoke it up!?!? What a rough life he has!
Purple Haze

UK

#35 Jan 24, 2008
Killa wrote:
Sorry plant-haters, but Harrison is right. Why should the NBA care what he does in his free time? Test all you want for performance enhancing drugs, but leave street drugs out of it. It's not like the guy was hittin' the crack pipe during practice. This is probably something he does in the privacy of his own home. Plus, marijuana has natural healing powers, so it likely helps him rest his aching body. Ah yes, marijuana...why should glaucoma patients have all the fun?
Good God. So leave street drugs out of it huh? You are dumber than he is. "It's not like he's hittin' the crack pipe during practice". So if you let Mj go then you also have to let crack go.

They are ILLEGAL! He knew that when he SIGNED HIS CONTRACT. But that didn't stop him from accepting the money now did it? There are a hell of a lot of people who don't agree with paying this numbskull what he is getting paid but what does that change? Get the equation? He has a contract = he knows he is in violation of that contract.

Time to put Harrison in with the other idiots like Pacman Jones.
Adam

Bloomington, IN

#36 Jan 24, 2008
bing55 wrote:
He gets DUMB fowls
Sorry, I'm not one to usually point out spelling mistakes but this one made me laugh. I just pictured David at home, smoking a joint and holding a crazy-looking bird in his lap, trying to get it to tell him how to fly.
Adam

Bloomington, IN

#37 Jan 24, 2008
pacerfanomore wrote:
I cannot believe the Indiana Pacers front office is tolerating Harrison's comments of stupidity and behavior. If he has failed the test 3 times, why is he even still in the NBA? We know his supplier is Tinsley. Before I become a Pacer fan again, the front office needs to take a DEEP look at the whole 3 years of frustration.....Tinsley, Daniels, Harrison and O'neal all need to go. Pacers need a fresh start without the above mentioned THUGZ!! Until then nobody cares!!!!!!
The NBA has a privacy clause about these things, and they don't tell a team about it until the third positive test. So the Pacers pretty much just found out about it. David will be gone at the end of the year since his contract is up.
Adam

Bloomington, IN

#38 Jan 24, 2008
pacerfanomore wrote:
I cannot believe the Indiana Pacers front office is tolerating Harrison's comments of stupidity and behavior. If he has failed the test 3 times, why is he even still in the NBA? We know his supplier is Tinsley. Before I become a Pacer fan again, the front office needs to take a DEEP look at the whole 3 years of frustration.....Tinsley, Daniels, Harrison and O'neal all need to go. Pacers need a fresh start without the above mentioned THUGZ!! Until then nobody cares!!!!!!
Also, it's pretty stereotypical of you to lump O'neal in with the rest of them. On-court reasons aside, what has he ever done that would give him a 'thug' reputation?
JoeSixPack

Indianapolis, IN

#39 Jan 24, 2008
Cigarettes and booze are legal, why NOT weed.

You (pinches your shirt) have been "pimped".
Fell Down Funked Up

Denver, CO

#40 Jan 24, 2008
george wrote:
ditto! illegal is illegal. Companies have random drug testing on a regular basis. Grow up David.
Which companies do you know have random drug testing? I'm not talking about pre-employment screening, but actual random drug tests. Please name some companies that do this.

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