Steve Kerr Admits To Having Smoked Weed To Help Treat His Back Pain

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As a direct result of back surgery complications and struggling so badly with nausea and headaches, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr found himself not being able to do his job last year, electing to have Luke Walton coach the first 43 games of the season instead.

As he continued to struggle with the pain and discomfort, Kerr sought relief in various forms, including marijuana.

“I guess maybe I can even get in some trouble for this, but I’ve actually tried it twice during the last year and a half, when I’ve been going through this chronic pain that I’ve been dealing with,” Kerr told CSN’s Monte Poole in a Friday appearance on The Warriors Insider Podcast.

“(After) a lot of research, a lot of advice from people, and I have no idea if maybe I would have failed a drug test. I don’t even know if I’m subject to a drug test or any laws from the NBA.”

Kerr went on to state that he personally didn’t enjoy smoking weed, but feels it is a lot less damaging than the painkillers leagues prescribe their players instead.

“I’m not a pot person; it doesn’t agree with me,” Kerr said. “I’ve tried it a few times, and it did not agree with me at all. So I’m not the expert on this stuff. But I do know this: If you’re an NFL player, in particular, and you’ve got a lot of pain, I don’t think there is any question that pot is better for your body than Vicodin. And yet athletes everywhere are prescribed Vicodin like it’s Vitamin C, like it’s no big deal. …

“It’s way worse for you than pot, especially if you’re looking for a painkiller and you’re talking about medicinal marijuana, the different strains what they’re able to do with it as a pain reliever.

“I think it’s only a matter of time before the NBA and NFL and Major League Baseball realize that.”

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