The Curious Case of Tae Hayes

The Jets released cornerback Tae Hayes on Monday, one day after he was arrested in Alabama for marijuana possession.

What Hayes was arrested for in Alabama, perhaps he would not have been arrested for in New Jersey, where the Jets train and play.

Alabama has much stricter marijuana laws than New Jersey.

Not to get into the whole marijuana legalization debate, but from an NFL standpoint, the league has certainly softened its rules about the use of weed.

When was the last time you heard of a player getting suspended for smoking pot?

In the last Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), in exchange for a 17th game, the player’s union got some things in return, like less on-field work in the off-season and softening their rules on marijuana use.

So some might argue Hayes getting released was a little harsh, since his crime in Alabama is seemingly legal in the state he works.

But the bottom line is NFL teams are private companies, and they can choose to cut or keep whomever they want.

And when you are a fringe player, it’s perhaps best to avoid getting arrested.


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