Hargreaves Says It Wasn’t Marijuana

June 1st, 2018

It’s been a couple of months since the Vernon Hargreaves smoking video emerged, quickly putting a darker cloud over the Buccaneers’ first-round pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Since, Hargreaves has been working hard and trying to earn a starting job through spring conditioning and practices.

He chatted at One Buc Palace this week with Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times and said that it wasn’t marijuana he was smoking in that brief and mysterious video.

Hargreaves also said he has been a disappointing but “average” player through his NFL career.

“Well, the first two years I’ve had, they’ve been down years,” Hargreaves conceded following the Bucs’ final organized team activity Thursday. “They’ve been average. You know, as a first-rounder, obviously, they’re expecting production. It’s plain and simple. It’s not that complicated. I haven’t been producing.”

There was more from Hargreaves, but what’s clear is he has the right attitude. He knows he has been a bust so far, getting benched and forcing management into investing heavily at cornerback.

Hargreaves turns 23 next week and Joe certainly isn’t counting him out. He wouldn’t be the first talented and young cornerback to need a couple of years to mature and realize he can’t rely on pure athleticism in the NFL.

32 Responses to “Hargreaves Says It Wasn’t Marijuana”

  1. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Bounce back season coming.

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    He may simply end up being a pretty good slot corner……hopefully not. He has the skills to be good….does he have the heart?
    Somehow it averages out……who knows the UDFA Elliott may bust out and be our best….

  3. Trench War Says:

    Third season’s usually productive once they get past that sophomore slump.

  4. Trench War Says:

    For a lot of players the third season is they usually become productive once they get past that sophomore slump.

  5. John Meeks Says:

    Vernon still has a chance to save his career and age is on his side.however,if the rookies (Carlton Davis specifically)come in and show him up then it will get in his head and he will fail.he has to make it happen this year!!that being said,Carlton Davis will not be on the bench long!he will take the outside spot opposite of grimes (1st regular season game he will start)so Vernon better take the slot!that means he will have to beat out MJ another rookie!better get your head out of your ass Vernon cause play time is over!what ya gonna do???

  6. dnatt Says:

    Well if it wasn’t marijuana in that brief n mysterious video, then what was the mysterious smoke…crack,tobacco,hash…

    So since he told what it wasn’t, then please share what it was.

  7. Bird Says:

    That’s hilarious.

    Yah it was oregano. Deep puffs on a hand rolled Jay filled with oregano. Everybody is doing it these days. It has a spicy finish

  8. Dooshlarue Says:

    That pic of VH always reminds me of the time I told my ex-girlfriend, Shakira, that I ate all of her Cheese Doodles.

  9. brooks55hof Says:

    My dog ate my homework. @dooshlarue = funny stuff

  10. Buc4lyfe79 Says:

    Sure thing Vernon smh…if i was in vegas right now, I’d be ready to throw down a grand on you pissing nothing but vinegar since that video came out…and even though you looked and acted like you were auditioning for a role as an extra in another Friday movie, it wasn’t weed lmao..SURE.

  11. Pickgrin Says:

    Why should anyone care if it was marijuana?

    Would anyone care if he was shown in a video drinking a margarita?

    Its pretty commonly accepted these days that Alcohol is worse than weed.

    Feds need to stop their charade that cannabis is “dangerous” and has no medicinal purposes so that the NFL can follow suit.

    But that would cut off all the lobbying “contributions” from Big Pharma wouldn’t it?

  12. Anonymous Says:

    ^^^ What Pick just said. I have dropped more weed than most people have smoked. It is medically legal here in Montana and basically cops won’t even search your car if they smell it. Fact is that it is NOT a “performance enhancer”.
    Prolly the opposite actually. I smoke it at work to help me concentrate and for my back pain but it Does Not make me stronger or faster in any way. This said, it doesn’t absolve VH3 of any wrongdoing either.

  13. AtlBucs Says:

    How many cornerbacks can guard their man for 15 seconds, the time opposing qb’s had to sit back there?

  14. SB Says:

    What Pick just said^^^^

  15. Mike in LOL Says:

    Pickgrin hit the nail on the head… who cares if he did smoke marijuana… unless he’s doing it all night and day during the regular season… who cares…

    I get that it’s against league policy and therefore there’s reason to worry but hey as long as he pisses clean then I could care less.

    Alcohol has a waaaaaaaaay worse effect on the body… and makes you slow and hungover… weed? Might just make you sleep better and therefore recover better…

    It angers me thinking how badly weed is viewed… even though I could smoke a full blunt or 2 and put some eye drops and some cologne on and walk into my office and convince my boss not to fire me right after doing so… try doing that same thing after you’ve had 10 shots…

  16. Not there yet Says:

    Can’t be a busy going into your third year, not until the team that drafted you gives up on you

  17. Greecosuave Says:

    Keep at it VH. I’m pulling for you to have a breakout Season.

  18. SB Says:

    Wow Anonymous……….you saw my entire first post that didn’t post on my end and pasted it. The problems here with posting comments must be real. I didn’t even want to bother re-posting the rest of my comment.

  19. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    He was pretty young in the video. Is everyone here going to never pretended to smoke weed in their teens while joking around?

    If so, I call you liars.

  20. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I think this website is infected. Or breaking.

  21. Trench War Says:

    @Buccaneer Bonzai

    I’m an old schooler and I’d be an outright liar if I said I never experimented.

    a lot.

  22. SB Says:

    Bonzai………….I am Legal to smoke as much as I want. WIfe is too. Sure VH3 was smoking too but he is not allowed to admit it. Weed should be legal EVERYWHERE with a prescription. .

  23. SB Says:

    Bonzai………I am going to repost this and it will prolly double post but I am legal to smoke all I want. So is the wife. Should be everywhere. The pain benefits are incredible and they are learning to do it with CBD instead of THC.

  24. ManzielMadness Says:

    The problem isn’t that he smokes, it’s if he shows up on Sundays….

  25. The Buc Realist Says:

    The problem is that it is not allowed by the NFL!!!! He might just get randomly selected to take an extra test or two!!! Players that have gotten into their program (regular test) have missed games because they could not put the bong down!!!!!!

    For the rest of you, we have no problem with your wacky tabacco!!!! Until you get behind the wheel and on the road!!!!! I don’t care that you just wanted some ice cream!! the Punishment should be severe and you go straight to jail!!!!!!! I don’t care if your doctor gave you a card that says you made something up or phantom pain to get high!!!!!!!

    The buffoon can’t handle a phone in the car, let alone the left handed cigarettes!!!!!

    GO Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. unbelievable Says:


    1. Natural
    2. Real medical benefits
    3. CBD medical benefits with no psychoactive effects
    4. Far less destructive than alcohol or prescription pain killers

    The drug war is nothing more than a revenue stream for the prison industrial complex

  27. unbelievable Says:

    so many comments just disappearing into the ether, not even showing as mod…

    oh well.

    Preach it pickgrin! 100%

  28. Capt. Tim Says:

    Once again, posters here fight over a molehill, and the mountain falls on their head.
    Nobody gives a damn if hes smoking pot.

    Until his 12th pick butt starts playing like an UFa from scrubville college.
    Until he gets benched. Until A 4th round rookie takes his job, and keeps it all season. Until- despite the coaches telling him not to- he keeps playing 10 yards off his man.
    Until, after getting absolutely abused for 3 quarters- you celebrate a tackle like you just won the Superbowl

    Until you play like you stoned. Veeeery stoned. Til he’s playing in the same condition Id go to a Grateful dead concert.
    Or at least appears that way.

    If Vh3 wasnt the 12th pick, they would have cut him last year.
    Instead, they moved him to the slot. Where he still sucked, and wasnt as good as McClain.
    I know some of you will argue, saying VH3 was great in the slot. Thats what the Bucs were turing to sell, but its not true.
    They drafted MJ Stewart to play the slot.
    Unless a miracle happens- they will kerp VH3 here one more season- to save face, and then will cut him.

    And it would take a miracle. Hes short, Slow, and um, not the sharpest tool in the shed.
    Thats a heck of alot to overcome
    Id love to see him do it. You absolutely cant have too many cornerbacks or Pass rushers. I hate seeing that high of a pick going to waste.

    But it would be a big turn around. If he does it- Ill burn one in his honor!

  29. John5 Says:

    Lmao @dooshlarue with that comment about the photo!

    I don’t care what Softgreaves was smoking. Bottom line is he seemed to get more absorbed in being a big money star than a hard working NFL player. I think he has most definitely gotten the message and a wake up call. But his efforts last year got him lots of competition this year. Let’s see these guys go to work!

  30. Buccfan37 Says:

    Me and my brothers always smoked MJ before going out and playing football and tennis with no mishaps whatsoever. All the way into our late 40’s. Also drove across country multiple times high without incident.

  31. K_Bassuka Says:

    Let’s hope he can bounce back. We need all the help we can get! Let’s go Bucs!

  32. Anonymous Says:

    “He wouldn’t be the first talented and young cornerback to need a couple of years to mature and realize he can’t rely on pure athleticism in the NFL”

    What athleticism? Undersized and slow if you ask me… Any Wes Welker/ Julian Edelman type would kill him in the slot too….