[UPDATED Jan 30, 2014] Brendon Ayanbadejo said Jan. 30 that teammates on at least one of the Super Bowl teams he played on smoked marijuana during Super Bowl week.
However, Ayanbadejo, who played with two Super Bowl victors– the 2012-13 Baltimore Ravens and the 2006-07 Chicago Bears —declined to identify which team or teammates were involved in the pot-smoking episode he described.
“I'm not going to say which Super Bowl it was, but I just remember getting off the elevator one night,” Ayanbadejo said during a Fox Sports podcast. “It was early on in the Super Bowl 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.
“I could just imagine there were a few young guys just toking it up in more than one room," Ayanbadejo said.
The Ravens released the 37-year-old linebacker and special teams standout on April 3, 2013.He did not play in the 2013-14 season. He is currently a free agent.
Marijuana, currently listed as banned substances by the National Football League (NFL), remains a hot topic during the week leading to Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos.
Cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond, two members of the Seattle Seahawks, were hit with suspensions after testing positive for non-performance enhancing substances in the season that concludes Feb. 2 with Super Bowl XLVIII.
Thurmond’s four-game suspension ended Dec. 27. Browner was suspended indefinitely Dec. 19.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told Super Bowl week interviewers that he believes that the NFL should look into allowing players to use marijuana for medicinal purposes.
"I would say that we have to explore and find ways to make our game a better game and take care of our players in whatever way possible," Carroll said at a news conference Monday. "Regardless of what other stigmas might be involved, we have to do this because the world of medicine is doing this."
Medicinal marijuana is legal in 20 states and the District of Columbia.
Ayanbadejo’s older brother Obafemi, a fullback, was suspended for the first four games of the 2007 season for violating the NFL Policy on anabolic steroids and related substances. The Ayanbadejo brothers were teammates on the Baltimore Ravens in 2001, the Miami Dolphins in 2003 and in 2007 with the Chicago Bears.
The Chicago Bears cut Obafemi Ayanbadejo on Oct. 1, 2007, after the fullback served his suspension. He signed with the California Redwoods of the United Football League in August 2009.