From the outside, it would seem that NFL athletes live a charmed life. The recent death of a young player reveals the profound error in such an assumption.
Authorities have ruled that Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson death from a fatal mix of fentanyl and cocaine was accidental, Fox News reported. The 26-year-old was found dead last month and initial reports suspected an overdose.
Ferguson’s family had issued a statement following his well-publicized death. “We wholeheartedly appreciate the calls, text and post of support from his many friends and fans upon learning of his tragedy,” the statement at the time said.
“Despite the speculation in earlier reports, at this point in time the case of Jaylon’s death has yet to be determined,” it continued. “This is one of the darkest moments in our lives and we are still utterly shocked. We ask that you please respect our privacy as we navigate through this difficult time.”
However, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner told The Baltimore Sun that Ferguson’s death was indeed due to the illegal drugs in his system. The Ravens declined to make a statement on the findings, saying instead their “priority is focused on the man Jaylon was and the positive impact he made on so many as a father, son, fiancé, friend and teammate.”
The team had picked Ferguson in the third round of the 2019 draft. He went on to play 14 games for the Ravens during his rookie season where he made 2.5 sacks, 31 tackles, and a single fumble recovery.
The number of overdose deaths in America rose to 108,00 last year in part due to fentanyl, the New York Post reported. This dangerous drug is making its way into the U.S. through its porous borders thanks to President Joe Biden’s laissez-faire approach to illegal immigration.
It’s a tragedy that another young man in his prime is dead. Ferguson may have had access to other illegal drugs, but it’s unconscionable that the government is allowing such a deadly substance as fentanyl into the nation.