UPDATE: 9:30 a.m. - Part three of Sports Illustrated’s “Dirty Game” series alleges widespread untreated drug use on the OSU football team including meth, cocaine, codeine and hydrocodone.
“Drugs were everywhere,” Donnell Williams said in the article.
In particular, marijuana was described as “rampant.”
According to Sports Illustrated, player William Bell admitted to dealing drugs on the team; marijuana and meth, making $300 to $400 a week.
Thirty former Oklahoma State players who were members of the program between 2000 and 2011 told SI they used marijuana while on the football team:
Alexander, Anthony, Bell, Cruz, Furr, Rodrick Johnson, McGill, Mickens, wide receiver Eric Allen (2003 and ’04), running back Tatum Bell (2000 to ’03), offensive lineman Doug Bond (2002 to ’04), wide receiver Jeremy Broadway (2005 to ’08), wide receiver William Cole (2007 to ’08), defensive back Ricky Coxeff (2003 to ’04), wide receiver Damian Davis (2007 and ’08), linebacker Victor DeGrate (2003 to ’06), linebacker Ahmed Denson (2000), defensive tackle Brad Girtman (2003 and ’04), safety Victor Johnson (2008 to ’10), wide receiver Chijuan Mack (2003 to ’06), wide receiver Isaac McCoy (2011), defensive lineman Richard Murphy (2000 and ’01), running back Dexter Pratt (2009), linebacker Marcus Richardson (2007), running back Seymore Shaw (2002 to ’04), defensive tackle Walter Thomas (2004 and ’05), offensive lineman Javius Townsend (2010), linebacker Kevin White (2005 and ’06), wide receiver Artrell Woods (2006 to ’08), and safety Thomas Wright (2002 to ’04).
The story also states the drug use was ignored by coaching staff.
SI reported a Stillwater law enforcement official, who asked to remain anonymous, said when officers called coach Les Miles to tell him about players with drug problems, his usual response was, “What do you want me to do?”
Player Doug Bond said he remembered seeing one uninformed teammate drinking bleach, thinking it would purge the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) from his system, before a drug test.
SI accuses the team’s substance-abuse counselor of being underqualified.
Counselor Joel Tudman started in 2007 as an assistant strength-and-conditioning coach with no experience treating drug users, no license to treat drug addicts, no formal degree in drug use management.
SI said they uncovered multiple errors in Tudman’s posted credentials.
Frequent positive tests by stars were ignored while lesser players were suspended or kicked off the team, according to Sports Illustrated.
They said players reported the coaching staff did little to deter marijuana use, even joked about it on occasion.
Jonathan Cruz, an offensive lineman on the 2002 team said in the article, “It was tied to how well you could produce. If you could produce on Saturday, things could be overlooked.”
“Weed Circle” was the team’s nickname for a regular counseling session for marijuana users, the story stated.
Several players said the “weed circle” was reserved for only the most talented players, which the coaching staff wanted to remain on the team despite multiple failed drug tests.
According to SI, “According to attendees, it came with an extraordinary perk: Players who went to the sessions could continue to use marijuana without penalty.”
STILLWATER, Okla. – We are on day three of the Sports Illustrated “Dirty Game” saga alleging misconduct in the Oklahoma State football program.
Thursday morning the magazine will release part three which is to cover alleged drug use among the OSU football team.
According to Sports Illustrated:
“As the Cowboys became one of the nation’s elite teams, players were not only using drugs, but also dealing them. It was common for some players to smoke marijuana before games. Says Donnell Williams, a linebacker on the 2006 team, “Drugs were everywhere.” School officials largely ignored use and abuse by elite players but cast aside those players deemed expendable.”
The previous stories released in the series have sparked outrage from players, coaches, staff, fans and even those not associated with the university.
However, others have said there could be a bit of truth to the allegations.
Friday part four will cover OSU’s “Orange Pride” program and reports that sex played a prominent role in recruiting athletes.
Finally part five will be online Tuesday on what Sports Illustrated calls “The Fallout.”
The magazine interviews players who said they believe they were cast aside by the program and later ended up living on the streets or battling drug abuse.