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Bills OL Seantrel Henderson Suspended For Using Medicinal Marijuana to Treat Crohn’s Disease
For the second time this year, Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson had been suspended for using medical marijuana to treat his Crohn’s disease.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport confirmed the suspension:
“Sources informed of his situation say Henderson has officially been informed that he’s facing a 10-game suspension for violating the NFL’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. He is appealing the ruling, and a final decision on the potential suspension will be made this week.”
Henderson has Crohn’s disease and uses marijuana to deal with the pain resulting from the illness and two intestinal surgeries. As his agent Brian Fettner said after his first suspension, “There is zero allowable medical exemption for this per the NFL; however, there clearly should be.”
Rapoport’s second source stated, “He needs cannabis. You can’t take pain killers with the way his intestines are.”
Henderson had this to say back in August and October:
You can’t take anything for granted. Last year could have been the last year I’d ever play football. At one point, the doctors were saying I’d have to have that ileostomy bag on the rest of my life. My intestines were so poisonous on the inside. But I healed up really fast. I’m lucky to be working out and looking toward playing again.
“I’ve got doctors telling me this is the No. 1 medicine that would help your disease,” Henderson said in October. “You try to tell that to the league and it seems like they didn’t care too much.”
A horrible situation made worse by a league that is just behind the times.