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Legendary Striker Ian Wright Admits To Smoking Weed Before Palace Matches

Legendary Striker Ian Wright Admits To Smoking Weed Before Palace Matches

Arsenal and Crystal Palace legend Ian Wright has revealed that he used to have a pre-game spliff before turning out for Palace back in the day.

The now-footie pundit has detailed the habit while explaining how he nearly threw his career down the toilet until a massive wake-up call. Wright addressed the weed smoking escapades via The Sun.

"I'd been smoking weed since I was about 17, not in a smoke-myself-into-uselessness type of way and I wasn't worried about becoming an addict.

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As a kid I preferred smoking to drinking when I went out. I'd been around weed smokers from a very early age, and recently it had become something of an end-of-the-week ritual. It didn't even dawn on me that I was doing anything wrong."

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"We beat WBA 4-1 that Saturday, the whole team came into the dressing room still excited and then the drug testers arrived. It's the first time I'd ever seen them and I panicked inside - I've been smoking cannabis, less than 24 hours earlier, and if that test comes back positive that's it. It is literally all over for me."

Though, fortunately for him, his name wasn't called out as he waited in dreaded anticipation. "I sit down - more or less collapse - and think, "Somebody's looking out for me, now I know it!"

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The situation proved to be an eye opener as he claims he has never smoked the wacky tobacky ever since.

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