Steve Kerr says he used marijuana for his chronic back pain

Saturday December 3rd, 2016

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr missed most of the beginning to last season as he recovered from two back operations and tells The Warriors Insider podcast that he used marijuana to treat the pain. 

“I guess maybe I can even get in some trouble for this, but I’ve actually tried it twice during the last year and a half, when I’ve been going through this chronic pain that I’ve been dealing with,” Kerr said.

“A lot of research, a lot of advice from people, and I have no idea if maybe I would have failed a drug test. I don’t even know if I’m subject to a drug test or any laws from the NBA, but I tried it and it didn’t help it all,” he added. “But it was worth it because I’m searching for answers on pain. I’ve tried painkillers and drugs of other kinds as well, and those have been worse. It’s tricky.”

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Kerr also told the podcast that he does not believe players should be disciplined for using marijuana as a pain reliever.

The Warriors went 39-4 during Kerr’s absence from the sidelines and went on to reach the NBA Finals.


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