CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4) – Marijuana in Colorado has a Texas baseball coach making headlines for the wrong reasons.
In an email to a student from Centennial, he says they no longer recruit from Colorado because he says too many past athletes from Colorado failed drug tests.
The email was first tweeted out by Denver sports radio host Darren Mckee.
Gavin Bell, a senior at Cherokee Trail High School, emailed the Texas Weslyan baseball coach Mike Jeffcoat looking for any insight into their recruitment process.
He says the response he got back was unexpected.
“I didnt know what to think to be honest at all,” Bell said.
In his email back to Bell, Jeffcoat thanked him for his interest in the program, but said, “In the past, players have had trouble passing our drug test. We have decided to not take a chance on student-athletes from your state. You can thank your liberal politicians.”
Presumably Jeffcoat is referring to Colorado’s legal marijuana laws.
Marijuana laws that Colorado voters passed more than five years ago.
“That’s not what I’m about. I’m about playing baseball and getting good grades in school,” Bell said. “Back then, I wasn’t even 18 to have any say in this, and now it’s being brought upon me.”
Those concerns prompted Bell to share the email with his teacher and coaches.
One of them decided to take it a step further and share it publicly. It has now been shared thousands of times.
Bell says the response has