Former NFL linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo says teammates smoked marijuana during the week of Super Bowl, but he did not provide specifics or name names during a podcast with Fox Sports.
Ayanbadejo, who was on Super Bowl teams with the Chicago Bears in 2007 and the Baltimore Ravens last year, would not identify which team or players were involved.
"I'm not going to say which Super Bowl it was, but I just remember getting off the elevator one night -- it was early on in the week, just to start the week off -- and all of the sudden I just got hit over the head with fumes of marijuana on the entire floor of the hotel that the team was staying on," Ayanbadejo said. "I could just imagine there were a few young guys just toking it up in more than one room. I was like, 'Man this is the week of the Super Bowl and you're just going in?'
"So then I was looking around, and I'm like, 'OK, where is the security?' I looked and for some reason we didn't have regular police -- coach was smart enough to have rent-a-cops on our floor instead of regular police like we usually do. I scratched my head, but I was like, 'OK, uh, that's a good thing 'cause ... that's it. That's all I've got to say about that."
The outspoken Ayanbadejo, who did not play in the NFL this past season, made headlines last year when he championed legalizing same-sex marriage.
Medicinal marijuana is legal in 20 states and the District of Columbia but remains on the NFL's banned substance list.