Bill Walton criticized NCAA rules and national laws regarding marijuana use during an ESPN2 broadcast of the basketball game between the Washington Huskies and Oregon Ducks on Wednesday night.
Walton’s comments centered on the recent dismissal of Washington sophomore center Robert Upshaw. Upshaw was dismissed for a violation of team rules, but had failed drug tests earlier in his time at Washington.
During the broadcast, Walton urged the NCAA to modernize its rules on marijuana use and called on President Obama to address inconsistencies in the nation’s drug laws.
“You know how I talk every week and complain the NCAA not modernizing the rules? That’s another rule they’ve got to modernize. This whole War on Drugs has been an absolute failure across the board.”
“Somebody’s gotta step forward and we’re looking for Obama to step up and say ‘Why are we punishing people for things that are legal?’ ‘Why are people languishing in jail for things that are legal?’ Look at the front page of Register-Guard right here in Eugene today, addressing that same exact point,” said Walton.
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