07 July 2006

POT LUCK FOR JOHNNY D.

From the NY Daily News:

Yankees star Johnny Damon is finally opening up about his pot-smoking past.

"It's part of life, it's natural, it's from the earth," proclaims the slugger, sounding like he's ready to give praise to Rastafari.

You may remember that Damon's brother, James, told the Daily News' Sam Borden this year that he came to blows with 13-year-old Johnny when he came home to find him totally baked.

The MLB star says that his father was more tolerant about his herbal refreshment.

"He'd tell me, 'If you ever want to experiment with anything, let me know,'" Damon tells Bob Klapisch in the new issue of Men's Journal. "He smoked a little bit, so he said just let him know. Like, 'Don't have me get a call when you're in jail. If you want to skip school, that's cool, as long as you get good grades.'"

Damon says his reefer use "was all right" back then, "but you have to grow up sometime."

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