December 2, 2004
Ricky Williams, age 27, stunned the football world earlier this season. Williams at age 27 was at the top of his game. In the 2002 season Williams leaded the league in rushing with 1,853 yards. He had accumulated 3,225 yards in just two seasons. Williams was going to be the backbone of the Dolphins offense this season until announcing his retirement prior to the Dolphins training camp earlier this season. This forced the Miami Dolphins to file a lawsuit on Williams for 8.6 million. The Dolphins are currently 2-9, which is quite unusual recalling the last time the Dolphins had a loosing season was in 1988. The NFL provided Williams with a chance to return to the league, assuming that he serves a 4 week drug suspension. Williams did not accept this offer and is fighting the lawsuit by the Miami Dolphins. Williams said that marijuana helped him with his social-anxiety.
Posted by borc0075 at December 2, 2004 3:20 PM
weed should totally be legalized. Its ridiculous that we still have to worry about legal ramifications.
I understand that people like their weed, but millions of dollars would be a heck of a motivator to quit.
Oh Ricky, Ricky, Ricky. Man I can not believe this guy. Wonder what he is going to do with all the time he has on his hands.
In a way marijuana is cool but it is not when smoked excessively after all it is legal in the Netherlands and every one is getting on well there. I personally thing it might help people suffering from social phobia but the question is for how long?
I don't know he could claim the canabis would help with social anxiety. From personal experience it certainly didn't help me, it made it worse.
If anything, it made me more paranoid! What about you guys?
Everyone should be allowed to smoke this magical herb, used the world over all through history by advanced civilization. And what about freedom, does that count for anything. President Obama smokes it, I smoke it and it would do you well to smoke it too, especially if you smoke cigarettes, it would protect you against lung cancer.
A much better solution for Ricky Williams social-anxiety problem would be support groups: My own social anxiety has been helped tremendously by (free) Social Anxiety Anonymous telephone support groups (they are a nonprofit and you can call into their support groups from anywhere in complete privacy and even use a made up name if needed): http://www.healsocialanxiety.com
did not expect was that sport man lot using dopping to maintain their stamina.in the reality athletes maintain their health by not wearing such a thing
There are more effective ways in fighting social-anxiety other than marijuana. One needs to improve his social skills by practicing more of his communication skills.
It is better to develop one's social skills than using marijuana because it will just make a person dependent to it. Whereas, if he developed his social and communication skills, it would be easy for him to get along with other people and it will just come out naturally.
While I feel I may be dredging this back up the story of Ricky Williams is similar to many people living with Social Phobia/Anxiety, I see it everyday, social anxiety sufferers (including myself) dealing with a social crutch in many cases being an addiction (particularly drugs and alcohol). I applaud anybody who can "come out of the closet" in such a public way and sort out their life.
Williams has been a great athlete and should be given due respect. Even a great athlete like him deserves to do other things that he wants. Given that he is popular, he might have problems with his social skills.
Drugs could be one of the solutions some may think in helping them with their social anxiety, but we all know the negative effects of it. We can develop our social skills through practice. We need to be positive about it to be able to gain social skills.
Ricky is a Great football player. I'm doing a report on him. I believe he shall go back on the team an should not pay the 8.6 million dollars ,but pay back the bonus money. I an NOT happy that he went to Africa to run away. I don't like that he smoked and failed 3 test.
11 years old in 5th grade
I do not believe that Williams should have been considered a pothead either. If you are going to consider Williams a pothead, you might as well consider every professional athlete one. I like the fact that he stuck with his decision. It might have not been the right one at the time, however, like you said some people find more in life than just sports.
I, along with everyone, was completely suprised by Ricky's pre-mature retirement earlier this year. I do not agree with how he handled the situation, leaving the Dolphins high and dry, but I also don't agree with the majority of the sports world take on it. Everyone wanted to paint him as a pothead, but, in the end he simply saw more in life than football. I thought he made a huge statement by picking up and traveling the world for a few months. Unfortunately, the point is lost if he comes back to the NFL.