I haven't heard the term "angel dust" since my mid-90's drug awareness classes, and now all of a sudden, it's emerged in relation to New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones!? Wild stuff. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.
Here's the deal: yesterday ESPN reported that Jones, wearing no shirt and some blue sweatpants, showed up to the back of a Foxboro public safety building at 7:40 AM, dodging between parked cars until he arrived at the back door, where he put his hands behind his head and dropped to his knees without provocation.
"It was quite evident that Mr. Jones was desperately seeking our assistance, and he had certainly not committed any crimes—nor had he violated any laws or town by-laws," officer David J. Foscaldo wrote in a report cited by ESPN, adding, "It was a medical issue and it was certainly not a police matter."
On his way to the hospital, Jones said he left his keys in his apartment. When officers arrived on the scene to retrieve the keys, they said they smelled burnt marijuana. According to the Boston Globe, sources say that Jones was under the influence of synthetic marijuana, a substance known to cause confusion, altered perception, paranoia, and anxiety. Seems to match up.
Hall of Famer and ESPN's resident narcotics expert Cris Carter, on the other hand, seemed to think the whole thing was a little too convenient of an excuse.
"I don't know this. Um … umm … I think that the synthetic marijuana story might be just a story," Carter said this morning on ESPN's "Mike & Mike" radio show. "Just for me, it don't pass the smell test for me."
He posits something else instead:
"To me, I think that … [long pause] … I think he was smoking marijuana, and I think he was smoking some marijuana laced with PCP, or angel dust," Carter said. "And I think that's what made him trip out."
Carter later admitted that he doesn't know all the details, and that his claim was based on evidence known by all parties.
"Based on the police report, you know, so I'm gonna wait to see as far as he plays, and everything, I'm not going to get into that," Carter said. "That to me is someone else's decision."
Carter sounds more like a dad who once heard a PSA about PCP than a journalist. Probably best to keep that angel dust speculation to yourself.