Musician and cannabis fanatic Snoop Dogg is dealing with an internet backlash over a social media put up designed to spotlight the disparate risks between marijuana and alcohol. 

Pot advocates have lengthy touted its security relative to booze and different medicine, in fact, however Snoop ran afoul through the use of a legendary however troubled former English soccer participant as an example that comparability.

The meme posted Wednesday on Snoop Dogg’s Instagram account confirmed 4 photographs: two of the long-lasting West Coast rapper and two of Paul Gascogine, a embellished soccer participant who starred for the England nationwide crew and golf equipment like Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur within the 1980s and 1990s. 

The 2 photographs of Gascogine, positioned beneath a caption that learn “Alcohol Abuse,” present him at age 20 and 47 with clear indicators of bodily deterioration evident. Underneath the caption “ Marijuana Abuse” are a pair of photographs of Snoop on the identical two ages with no main variations in his look. 

As good as he was as a participant, Gascoigne’s life has been equally turbulent off the sphere. He entered remedy within the late 1990s, whereas nonetheless a participant, to deal with his alcoholism—the primary of a number of stints in therapy. He has struggled to keep up his sobriety since then. In 2008, Gascoigne was rushed to the hospital after an obvious drug overdose. He was arrested for drunk driving in 2010 after getting behind the wheel whereas greater than 4 instances over the authorized restrict, for which he was warned that he might face jail time. A day after that court docket look, he was arrested for possession of cocaine. 

Along with his substance abuse, Gascoigne has additionally battled psychological sickness, being identified with bipolar dysfunction within the early 2000s. 

That tumultuous historical past prompted many to decry Snoop Dogg’s put up and specific sympathy for Gascogine, who is understood to English soccer followers as “Gazza.”  

“This has way more to do with psychological well being than abuse,” stated one Instagram commenter. “It’s really fairly unhappy you’re utilizing him as a scapegoat.”

The British broadcaster Piers Morgan additionally got here to Gascogine’s protection. 

“That is nasty,” Morgan tweeted Thursday. “Disgrace on you @SnoopDogg.”

Gascoigne appeared to specific his gratitude for the solidarity in a Twitter put up of his personal on Thursday that included a photograph of himself with stickers of tears on his cheek.

“Wow thanks a lot re your tweets beloved them…as you’ll be able to see a number of tears…however truthfully I like you’s guys be good get pleasure from the remainder of the day large hugs from GAZZA,” he stated.

Gascogine is extensively thought of to be one of the vital gifted English soccer gamers of all time. He made 57 appearances for nation—together with one in opposition to Scotland within the 1996 European Championships highlighted by Gascoigne scoring one of the vital memorable targets of all time.