When most people hear the words ‘athletes’ and ‘drugs’ together, they most likely expect the conversation to be about steroids. It may be a surprise, but cannabis use amongst athletes is much more common than you would think.
Of course, marijuana was popular amongst athletes in the ‘60s and ‘70s, but there are many modern competitors that partake as well. From Rohan Marley and Tim Lincecum to Doc Ellis and Ricky Williams, there are a ton of athletes that were able to balance their love of cannabis with their love of sports.
Let’s dive right in and take a look at the 10 greatest stoner athletes of all time!
Sport Played: Bodybuilding (1968-1980)
Accomplishments: Mr. Universe (1968), Mr. Olympia (7x total, 1970-1975, 1980)
From bodybuilder to famous actor to governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger has certainly made a name for himself throughout the years. Not only is Arnold Schwarzenegger a fantastic entertainer, but he has also made major moves in the United States cannabis industry.
Schwarzenegger has never been quiet about his love of marijuana and after stepping into politics, he was finally able to do something positive for the industry. In a game-changing move in 2011, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger reduced possession charges for quantities up to an ounce from a misdemeanor to a simple infraction. This was just a stepping stone towards fully legal adult recreational consumption in the state.
Sport Played: Swimming (2002-present)
Accomplishments: 28 Olympic medals – 23 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze
How many times have you heard people say that stoners are lazy, unmotivated, will not accomplish anything, etc.? If that’s true, then Michael Phelps certainly missed the memo. A true beast, Phelps has won a total of 28 Olympic medals in his career, with 23 of them being gold.
Phelps won the hearts of America as well as Olympic fans worldwide. His reputation was impacted British tabloid News of the World published a photo of Phelps hitting a bong. This negative attention did result in a 3-month suspension from USA swimming as well as losing his endorsement with Kellogg’s.
Sport Played: Baseball (2004-present)
Accomplishments: NL Cy Young Award winner (2x), 2010 World Series Champion, All-Star (4x)
Also known as The Franchise, The Freak, and Seabiscuit, Tim Lincecum is an impressive athlete. In just his first 4 seasons in the MLB, he logged over 800 innings total, with more than 200 per year. He even led the National League in strikeouts three times.
While he is not as vocal about his cannabis consumption as other athletes, Lincecum did recieve a misdemeanor pot charge in ‘09. Whether he’s enjoys using a box mod vape for wax or sticks to an occasional joint, Tim Lincecum’s impressive career shows that stoners can be extremely successful.
Sport Played: F1 Racing (1973-1979)
Accomplishments: 1976 Formula One Champion, 10 Formula One Career wins
A British racing icon of the ‘70s, James Hunt was a name that was well known across the country. Anyone that knew anything about Formula One racing knew who he was. Sure, he was known for his skills behind the wheel, but his life off the track was infamous.
Hunt certainly had a wild streak. He was known to party pretty hard. While he loved to partake in numerous recreational activities, he also loved to toke and said it relaxes him.
Sport Played: Basketball (1993-2010)
Accomplishments: 2004 NBA Champion, 4x NBA All-Star
Record holder Rasheed Wallace is known for having 41 technical fouls in a single season and 317 career technical fouls. In 2002, ‘Sheed was arrested with fellow teammate and stoner Damon “Mighty Mouse” Stoudamire. Following their arrest, the Portland squad gained the nickname “Jail Blazer”.
Sport Played: Basketball (1991-2008)
Accomplishments: 1991 Mr. Basketball of Michigan, Fab Five member, 5x NBA All-Star, 1994 Rookie of the Year
Chris Webber had an impressive basketball career. Webber went hard on the court so it’s no surprise that he relaxed with some good bud when off the court. In May of 1998, police found weed on him during a traffic stop. He was arrested for possesion, DUI, resisting arrest, and second-degree assault, but all charges were dropped.
Sport Played: Football (1991-1995)
Accomplishments: Led the Miami Hurricanes with 95 tackles during the 1993 season
The child of one of the faces of the stoner counterculture, Bob Marley’s son Rohan is not only a stoner but he also had a rather successful college football career. He was the linebacker for the Miami Hurricanes from 1991 through 1995. During the 1993 season, he lead the team with a whopping 95 tackles.
Sport Played: Baseball (1968-1979)
Accomplishments: 1971 All-Star team, 1971 World Series champion, 1976 A.L. Comeback Player of the Year, No-Hitter thrown on June 12, 1970
Famous for throwing a no-hitter while high on LSD, Dock Ellis’ baseball career was extremely successful despite his drug problems. Eventually, they did become a problem but Ellis got clean and ended up becoming an addiction counselor for other players.
Sport Played: Football (1995-2011)
Accomplishments: 1998 Heisman Trophy, 2002 1st team All Pro, 2002 Pro Bowl MVP, 10,000 Rushing Yards Club member
Ricky Williams’ cannabis use put a wedge between him and the NFL numerous times throughout his career. In fact, his first retirement back in 2004 was because he failed 3 drug tests and was at risk of being banned from the NFL for a year.
Williams used his time away from the field studying holistic medicine at the California College of Ayurveda. He has been open about his using cannabis to treat the symptoms of his social anxiety disorder.
Sport Played: Basketball (1966-1989)
Accomlishments: 6x NBA MVP, 6x NBA Champion, 19x NBA All-Star, NBA All-Time Scoring Leader (38,387 points)
Another extremely successful stoner, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was an L.A. superstar during the ‘70s. His run in the NBA was full of scores. Kareem is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer.
As one of the most successul stoner athletes of all time, Kareem Abdul Jabbar has several accomplisments under his belt.