Apparently it isn’t just NBA players like Josh Howard who love “the weed” - the pot menace is now hitting sumo wrestling. CNN reports that 335-pound Russian sumo Wakanoho was arrested this week after police say they found a dime bag in his wallet. Needless to say, they take their sports heroes smoking pot a little more seriously in Japan than we do in the U.S. - Wakanoho has been fired by the Japanese Sumo Association, as has his manager.
Which leads to more questions than answers: could 1/3 ounce of pot have any impact on a massive sumo? If so, this stuff must make “The Pineapple Express” seem like oregano. And more importantly, just what does a sumo wrestler eat when he has the “munchies?” I can’t imagine they have enough Twinkies, Corn Nuts and gas station corn dogs in Tokyo to last. Picture Michael Phelps’ daily food binge times 100.
This isn’t the first time Wakanoho has been in trouble with the sumo elite.
He was warned earlier this year by the JSA after he went Paul O’Neill on the wrestler’s communal bathroom following a poor performance. On a related note, I dare anyone to think of a more disgusting-sounding place than the “sumo wrestler’s communal bathroom” - God help the poor plumber called in for that job.
Let’s see…wrestler warned to control his temper is busted for pot a few months later. Nope, can’t see the possible connection here. You either get the angry version of Wakanoho or the Sam Perkins version of Wakanoho - there’s no in between.
Getting fired might be the least of Wakanoho’s worries. Thanks to strict Japanese laws, he could face up to five years of strict labor if convicted. Which would be hard enough if you weren’t a 330-pound stoner. But I guess if Hurley can survive on the island so far and have dropped dead of a heart attack…