Tuesday, July 04, 2006

RVD the Pothead

I received a couple e-mails today about RVD blowing his opportunity and being down on him morally. And it's funny, because I hadn't even considered that angle previously. I guess that's because a) I always assumed RVD was doing this b) I don't think there's anything wrong with it. If I were banning substances in the US from scratch and had to order them in terms of what should be banned, hard drugs would be the first to go. Next on the list would be cigarettes. Then third would probably be alcohol (although that's clearly not worth banning in my mind). Pulling up next and towards the rear would be weed. RVD is stupid for letting a silly habit cost him a potentially great opportunity, but I don't really attach any moral significance to the act.


Blogger Dave Ling & Franchise said...

RVD 4:20
C'mon, everyone knows RVD blazes so the only point is that he got busted for possession by the police. I would've thought ECW fans would love that and find more unintential humor in the whole situation. I know I do.
The old ECW would've ran with a variation this story for exposure, instead the WWECW is killing the only two over figures WWECW has.

6:27 AM  
Anonymous Cisco said...

You need to remember, WWE is a public dompany. You can't have employees getting busted for an illegal drug, no matter how small of an amt of it was, or if you feel weed should be banned or not. RVD has to be smarter not to light up if he's in a car, if he's a public figure.

7:48 AM  
Blogger Dave Ling & Franchise said...

WWE also has a lot of money and sure enough that if they were to leverage some of the lawyers they have, surely this could've been kept quiet... certainly quieter then splashing it all over WWE.com

8:10 AM  
Blogger Swain said...

For me the problem lies in the combination of smoking and driving. I've had this argument with my potsmoking friends who believe that weed makes you a better driver. I couldn't disagree with that argument more. Pot is a great relaxant, but to say that it heightens your senses and sharpens your reflexes is asinine. You shouldn't smoke and drive, any more than you should drink and drive. For me, this issue isn't legal, but ethical and moral. If RVD was smoking & driving, then he should be reprimanded.

9:36 AM  
Anonymous Phil said...

Van Dam gets 30 days w/o pay while Sabu receives a $1000 fine. The disparate treatment tells me Van Dam was under the influence when he was driving; otherwise, their offenses were identical. If that's the case, the punishment for Sabu is fair while if anything the Van Dam punishment is light.

12:48 PM  
Blogger 17Haze said...

Whether you believe it should be legal or not, its illegal in the country right now so he should be punished. If they did nothing to either one of these guys it would make their new drug policy a joke. I think everyone has made excellent points on this issue.

2:02 PM  
Blogger Todd Martin said...

I agree that WWE should punish RVD for this, because it makes them look bad to the public. And I agree RVD shouldn't be doing this, for reasons of perception. But those are pragmatic arguments, not moral arguments. And I don't think there's anything morally wrong with what he did. I knew someone would make the point about smoking and driving, and I'm with your friends Swain. I just don't view it as anything close to analogous to drinking and driving. I feel extremely strongly about drinking and driving. But I'm not convinced that smoking and driving is any more dangerous than driving regularly. Studies have suggested the same thing. I think talking on your cell while driving is probably worse. As far as the disparate treatment of Sabu and RVD, it's also possible that RVD was smoking and Sabu was just riding along and not doing anything.

6:53 PM  

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