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Eugene Monroe: Ravens 'distance themselves from me and my cause'

Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Eugene Monroe has posted hundreds of tweets touting the benefits of medical marijuana and the need to remove it from the NFL's banned substances list.

On Friday, Monroe mentioned the Ravens in his public campaign, saying he's not getting support from the organization he's played for over the past three seasons.



The Ravens have repeatedly said Monroe's opinion on medical marijuana is his own.

"I'm aware of [Monroe's comments] because I read like you guys do," coach John Harbaugh said earlier this month. "That's really all I know about it."

Monroe's tweet about the Ravens came a week after he took what could be perceived as a shot at the team. He responded to the team's official Instagram account -- which featured a photo of a Ravens event that was sponsored by a major beer company -- by saying, "When will the NFL stop supporting alcohol, a known KILLER."

This sets up an interesting week for Monroe and the Ravens, who will begin their mandatory minicamp Tuesday. Monroe announced last week that he has been cleared after missing the previous offseason practices with a shoulder injury, and it'll be interesting to see how much time Monroe spends at left tackle with the starters.

The Ravens used the No. 6 overall pick on offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley, and it's possible Baltimore will look to trade Monroe before the start of the regular season. Monroe's $6.5 million base salary tops the Ravens this season.

Earlier this month, Monroe told ESPN he's not worried about how his stance on medical marijuana will affect his future in the game.

"I don't have any personal concerns about repercussions for speaking about medical cannabis," Monroe said. "My health and wellness future as a father [and] as a friend is far more important."