No other system is entrenched in the idea of drug addiction being characterlogical then sports. Any issue with drugs is pegged with the cliches of addicts “waste of talent” “cheater” “undeserving of their talent” “a disgrace to kids”. What is never heard in the alcohol financed sports world is “disease” “Mental health issue” or “Pathology”. There was a time when Ryan Leaf was thought to be a once in a decade type quarterback, one of the greats. What could have happened if the NCAA and NFL had a comprehensive policy and program to deal with issues before they reach a crisis level. As it is, Ryan Leaf is another cautionary tale of lost potential working at a car dealership of maybe a high school coach if he can stabilize. The drug policy in professional sports is arcane and rooted in punishment. That is bad policy rooted in shame and the result is stories like Ryan Leaf’s.