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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duh

Australia

#101 Jan 25, 2008
Harrison is that you man? Can I have your autograph.....so I can file it under useless players...
stop trippin wrote:
he didnt affect any of you directly or indirectly...u dont know him and it is probably best that way...whatever he does at home doesnt have anything to do with on the court...u are friggin morons for saying tinsley supplies it...tinsley does not sell drugs...killa is completely right with the comment he/she made...you should all probably go get a life outside of hating people with more money and more status and more than likely more class than you...do u really not have anything better to do???go ask your children when the last time they smoke pot was...and if u think harrison is the only pro athlete that smokes/has smoked then u may as well kill yourself because u dont know S***
duh

Australia

#102 Jan 25, 2008
Yea Open heart surgery is the same as playing basketball and weed is the same as drinking alcohol? You could at least make realistic comparisons. You defeat your own argument with your stupid comparisons.
That being said you should smoke before an NBA game. Not on a losing team
Dr Dave wrote:
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Shoot, I am much more effective performing open heart surgery when I am high or drunk as well. I think we all should get watsed before work.
Cicero

Bowling Green, KY

#103 Jan 25, 2008
Is Harrison completely unaware that marijuana is illegal in the U.S.? That would fact would contradict his assertion this is "not a rule made by government".
huh

Erlanger, KY

#104 Jan 25, 2008
Fell Down Funked Up wrote:
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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.
US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines....
huh

Erlanger, KY

#105 Jan 25, 2008
John wrote:
Harrison is the man, and he's right. I hope they can work with this kid. He is so raw, but I still think he has a lot of potential.
Is your last name Harrison? Or are you just a poor dumb bastard?
Truth

Erlanger, KY

#106 Jan 25, 2008
Truth is, if it were only Harrison and a bag of weed, nobody would care. But it's Harrison and another bad story for the Indiana Pacers. It just won't end for this group of clowns. People are sick of seeing their once loved ball team torn apart piece by piece by a bunch of overpaid assholes who will take the money and be in another city next year. It's OUR team not theirs and we're sick of them crapping on it.
dino

Madison, WI

#107 Jan 25, 2008
Wow! What a bunch of jealous haters. It is sick to see people in the "land of the free" tolerate testing for cannabis in ANY workplace. Sick to see alcohol and cigs legal but not pot. Stupid to compare herb to crack. "The government says so." Well, WE are the government and should be telling the politicians how it is, not the other way around. Sheep will always do what they are told. How can something that hasn't killed anyone be more dangerous than something that is one of the leading causes of deaths, motor accidents and violence? Answer: Sheep like some Indiana posters follow whatever the gov says.
JBT

United States

#108 Jan 25, 2008
This guy is a perfect refection of whats wrong with Pacer basketball.No true leadership and no accountability.Personaly I could care less if David Harrison smokes more weed than a reggae band because he's pretty much useless on the floor. BUT when a guy has been nabbed for numerous dirty drops the last thing I want to hear is his position on constitutional rights.Mr. Harrison is a mirror image of a petulant high schooler who wants to enlighten the world with his fast knowledge of all things unrightous. Save your shortened breath David, the world doesn,t really care about your position on anything.
andrea

Indianapolis, IN

#109 Jan 25, 2008
you could smoke up but i guess that doesn't make you play any better. are we the indiana pacers or the compton pacers. Larry and Donnie please get them cleaned up
I love this game

United States

#110 Jan 25, 2008
For all the idiots that post wondering if David thinks weed is illegal, you probably think you are smart, but even some of the biggest fools realize his argument is that he disagrees with the NBA being able to randomly test for it. He wasn't busted by the cops driving down the street in his car or anything. And speaking of cops, yes, many cops have smoked weed, and many people in every profession out there have done the same. Doctors have smoked weed as well, so while the gentleman above, as a doctor, stands up against it, there are people in his profession who have done the same. Whether they would admit it to him or not is one thing, which is why he might not know, but chances are he does know of at least one. And the ones that do all know each other, but obviously won't announce that to people likely to a) look down on that fact, or even b) report that person. I can understand how people can be surprised by much of the truth on this board if you've never had anyone of such status confide this information to you. But you understand the reason why cops and doctors would not tell you that kind of stuff.
coach acie earl

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#111 Jan 26, 2008
if a person doesnt want to adhere to the work ruels even then get another job- if a guys makes 1-5 million or more annualy you cant be smart or disipliend to enough to leave pot alone for 8-10 months, he got caught 3 times =thats not a choice thats a problem, he needs to have his whole contract recended, kids leave freakin drugs alone their whole life and never get chances to play in the nba and he so just under messed it up[ www.venomsportstraining.com
Fell Down Funked Up

Westminster, CO

#112 Jan 26, 2008
big dog wrote:
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Ely Lilly, Citizens Gas, Nucor Steel, KOne Cranes just to name a few.
My dad worked at Lilly for over 35 years. NOT ONCE was his car searched or his urine tested.
Fell Down Funked Up

Westminster, CO

#113 Jan 26, 2008
The law wrote:
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You're unemployed right now, aren't you?
Admit it, come on...
Nope, I am gainfully employed. I took the drug test as part of pre-employment, and that wasn't a problem at all. What WOULD be a problem is if my employer suddenly decided that they wanted me to take a drug test for no cause. What WOULD be a problem is if my employer told me that they were going to search my car for no probable cause.

I agree with the other posters who have pointed out that a person's privacy shouldn't be given up so willingly. How would you like it if your employer was searching your lunch to make sure you weren't eating badly? How would you like it if your employer demanded a list of everyone you slept with in the last year? Since you have no trouble with having your private property searched and your bodily fluids tested at a whim, what else are you willing to give up?

Oh, by the way, alcohol is more harmful than pot. I personally don't smoke pot because I don't smoke anything.
Fell Down Funked Up

Westminster, CO

#114 Jan 26, 2008
One more thing, the beloved 2000 Finals edition of the Pacers smoked BALES of weed.

Harrison isn't necessarily wrong in what he said. The fact that the Pacers have refused to extend his contract past this season has probably given him the freedom to speak his mind.
Mike

Miamisburg, OH

#115 Jan 26, 2008
shelbystreet wrote:
The NBA is skating on thin ice if they really intend to give this drug testing thing more than lip service. A second basketball league could easily be formed that could treat their players like human beings. Then all the best players would jump to the new league. Remember the ABA? They could successfully challenge the NBA because the NBA had banned a lot of the best players. Roger Brown, Connie Hawkins, Doug Moe....
I believe this agreement was negotiated with the poayers union so I don't think they are on thin ice at all.

The players are representatives for the organizations/teams and the NBA.

Precedence has been set by other professional sports also.

Any way about it, the majority of people in Indianapolis do not want players who break the law, do drugs, are very poor examples and representatives for the team and our city.

If they don't like, most of us would be fine if they just left.
Mike

Miamisburg, OH

#116 Jan 26, 2008
Fell Down Funked Up wrote:
One more thing, the beloved 2000 Finals edition of the Pacers smoked BALES of weed.
Harrison isn't necessarily wrong in what he said. The fact that the Pacers have refused to extend his contract past this season has probably given him the freedom to speak his mind.
I always love it when someone makes an accusation such as you have made.

How do you know this? What facts do you have to support this statement?

Unless you can prove this, I would guess that it is all innuendo and insinuations that have no basis. This does indicate that you are incorrect but that is a very strong statement!
Mike

Miamisburg, OH

#117 Jan 26, 2008
I love this game wrote:
For all the idiots that post wondering if David thinks weed is illegal, you probably think you are smart, but even some of the biggest fools realize his argument is that he disagrees with the NBA being able to randomly test for it. He wasn't busted by the cops driving down the street in his car or anything. And speaking of cops, yes, many cops have smoked weed, and many people in every profession out there have done the same. Doctors have smoked weed as well, so while the gentleman above, as a doctor, stands up against it, there are people in his profession who have done the same. Whether they would admit it to him or not is one thing, which is why he might not know, but chances are he does know of at least one. And the ones that do all know each other, but obviously won't announce that to people likely to a) look down on that fact, or even b) report that person. I can understand how people can be surprised by much of the truth on this board if you've never had anyone of such status confide this information to you. But you understand the reason why cops and doctors would not tell you that kind of stuff.
Whether the NBA has a right or not (though as I stated in another post), he got caught three times.

Does he really think he is going to get any sympathy from Indianapolis? He is a terrible player along with Tinsley.

The real question is when the Simons will fire Bird and find someone with some ethics and backbone to lead the team!
BDG

Montgomery, AL

#118 Jan 28, 2008
I am a die hard INDY fan now living in VA via the Navy. Trade him and free up money from the drug testing to get someone who will be on the court and not in court. And hate to offend other Pacer fans but O'neal and Tinsley should not be far behind him. Start fresh from the guys who still have that fight others instead of a fighting spirit on the court.
Cheech

Indianapolis, IN

#119 Jan 29, 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?
Yeah, it has certainly helped Ricky Williams' NFL career, hasn't it? Sounds like "Killa" is killin' some of his own brain cells with that natural healing power.
Cheech

Indianapolis, IN

#120 Jan 29, 2008
Fell Down Funked Up wrote:
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Nope, I am gainfully employed. I took the drug test as part of pre-employment, and that wasn't a problem at all. What WOULD be a problem is if my employer suddenly decided that they wanted me to take a drug test for no cause. What WOULD be a problem is if my employer told me that they were going to search my car for no probable cause.
I agree with the other posters who have pointed out that a person's privacy shouldn't be given up so willingly. How would you like it if your employer was searching your lunch to make sure you weren't eating badly? How would you like it if your employer demanded a list of everyone you slept with in the last year? Since you have no trouble with having your private property searched and your bodily fluids tested at a whim, what else are you willing to give up?
Oh, by the way, alcohol is more harmful than pot. I personally don't smoke pot because I don't smoke anything.
The last time I checked, high fat grams weren't illegal, and neither was adult intercourse. Since I have nothing to be afraid of concerning ILLEGAL behavior, they can go ahead and search. Nothing to fear, so bring it on.

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