By: Micah Peters – USA Today – January 21, 2016 11:21 pm
Cliff Robinson played for five teams over his 18-year NBA career, including four successful years in Detroit playing for a Pistons team that won the title in 2004. These days Robinson, now 49, is retired and looking to get into the marijuana business. Particularly in Portland, Oregon, where he played for the Trail Blazers from 1989 to 1997, according to the Detroit Free Press.
“I think I’ve always been an advocate for cannabis,” Robinsontold KOIN 6 News in Portland. “(It’s) calming, calm my stomach, calm my nerves a little bit. So from that standpoint, I see a lot of positives.”
Robinson’s had a number of run-ins with the law, as well as with the league for his marijuana use over his playing career, but things are different now.
“When I did it, it was wrong. I did it, I was wrong, I paid the penalty. But now we’re in a new time, and we’re trying to move forward.”
He’ll be speaking in Portland this February at the 2016 Cannabis Collaborative Conference as an advocate for the usage of medical marijuana by team doctors, as marijuana usage in the NBA is still not allowed in any capacity.
From the Portland Business Journal:
“It’s an opportunity for me to get out there and tell people a little bit about myself outside of basketball. People in Oregon know me as a basketball player, but I want to distill the stigma around cannabis, the misperception that athletes and cannabis are incompatible.”
Ok. Honestly, all of this was just a set up for me to share the splash page for Robinson’s online weed store, which, while unfinished, does have a name: “Uncle Spliffy.”