‘This is why the country has gone from World Cup to 20,000 leagues under the sea’
“It sucks to hear that he has quit for the time being, he is in fine form and one of our better players, but it is a decision that won’t go favourably for –Bermuda.
“Drugs plays a major role in a lot of things, including the sporting aspect of the country, and to a certain extent towards the anti-social behaviour in Bermuda.
“In the end the decision was up to Lionel to make and he seems to be an advocate of –anti-drugs so more power to him for standing up for what he believes.”
“My personal opinion is that if there is a case of drugs in the dressing room and he has –decided to remove himself from the situation, this being cricket and his club, then I totally agree with it.
“Everyone knows that you can’t perform well if you are under the influence and the governing body doesn’t want that in the sport period.
“A situation like this doesn’t look good for the youngsters as people going forward in life today, so I totally agree with his decision and if it was me I would have done the same thing.
“There should not be drugs involved in any type of sport whatsoever.”
“It is a fair decision. He has to make the best decisions for his child, as anyone who is a parent does at an early stage in their life, but drugs as a whole is an issue that has to be addressed in sports and this one incident isn’t going to change how people go about their day or their ideas of smoking and drugs.
“I think education is needed on drugs in Bermuda and get feedback so that steps are taken on any issues that players and officials have about anything in regards to this.
“Lionel isn’t wrong for making this decision, if I was in his shoes I would have done the same thing and it is a shame that he is heavily involved in the club and something like this has happened.”
“Drugs are bad regardless if they are performance enhancing or just recreational drugs, at the end of the day it is illegal and doesn’t help you on the field.
“You can’t go smoke a joint before going to the crease and perform at your best, the same as me going to work high and trying to perform at my best, the two can’t be together or even associated.
“Anyone who tries to aspire to do things in life can’t be taking these chances and risking their careers, both in sports and in the real world, because you think you have a right in certain places to do as you please.
“A changing room is an out of bounds place to most, but is also a professional environment that should be kept professional, and at the end of the day situations like this are the reason why the country has gone from World Cup to 20,000 leagues under the sea.”