Datone Jones suspension arises from marijuana possession

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As expected, the one-game suspension imposed on Packers defensive lineman Datone Jones came from a violation of the law relating to a banned recreational substance.

According to Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com, Jones was cited for marijuana possession in Green Bay on January 19, one day after the Packers lost the NFC title game in Seattle.

The following month, Jones paid an $880 fine to dismiss the charge. It now gets a lot more expensive, due to the suspension.

He’ll lose $65,088 in base salary for the one-game suspension (1/17th of his 2015 salary of $1.106 million), and he’ll be subject to the forfeiture of $57,677 in signing bonus money (1/17th of the 2015 allocation of his $3.922 million signing bonus).

That’s a total cost of $122,765 for possession a substance that is now legal in two of the 22 states in which the NFL does business — including the state where Jones had been simply one day before he was caught with marijuana in his possession.

64 responses to “Datone Jones suspension arises from marijuana possession

  1. Dating myself but a new nickname “Jethro” (Tull).
    To be Thick as a Brick.
    “Really don’t mind if you sit this one out”.

  2. But the shield is protected.

    Gee, I wonder if he was generally aware of his quarterback’s preference for footballs pressured higher than the limit? Goodell could really throw the book at him in that case.

  3. I’m as pro legalization as they get. But no sympathy from me if you choose to do it and get caught, especially if you have hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line. To his defense though, i got really high after watching what happened in that game too.

  4. Vikings fan here. This punishment is beyond idiotic. Marijuana is not a drug. It’s a plant. Other states have figured that out finally. Crazy that it’s legal some places and punishable in others. As a former player marijuana helps me through pain associated with hits I took while playing. I feel for this guy.

  5. Haha I don’t blame the guy for wanting to forget that nightmare of a game the next day. I had some drinks myself! I wonder if Jones and Guion hangout outside of football for defensive smoki…I mean, defensive bonding time lol… And they play the Bears the first game, I think its alright if he sits that one out hah.. All jokes aside- Can’t wait until my Packers are SB 50 Champs!!!

  6. The nfl needs the top 20 nfl players to hold a press conference and let the world know that football is a violent sport and due to massive collisions pain medication is needed in order to sleep through the night.

    However if they take the amount of prescribed needed to take the pain away and let them sleep for 8 hours it could kill them.

    However getting high and going to bed won’t.

    It’s about player safety

  7. Had to smoke weed after the nfc championship game because of the late touchdown, circus 2 point conversion, bounce of the hands onside kick, final regulation score to tie it, and then the bomb game winner to go to the superbowl… Skol!

  8. I’m a Packers fan. I am angry at Jones because he knows fully well it’s against the NFL rules to smoke weed.
    Jones has done very little so far in his pro career and you would think he’d have brains enough to realize he needs to step up his play big time this year.
    But he’s another doper who is clueless. I hope the Packers cut him.

  9. My trick knee tells me that the “mighty” pack is beginning to fall apart. As long as Rodgers is on the field, the pack is a force, but after the CHOKE there is a chink in that armor.

    Who is the next great packer headed for a fall?

  10. He knew the risk….my guess he was planning on using it which would have resulted in a 4 game suspension…

  11. Have some marijuana on you, you get a 1 game suspension (and lose your paycheck for that game); beat your child with a weapon to point of causing lacerations and bleeding, you get paid vacation. The NFL’s system of punishment is still no better than throwing darts at a board with random amounts for suspensions and fines on it.

  12. Maybe it’s time for the players to stage a “smoke in”. What would the NFL do if they all went to Denver and lit up for the media. Players (as a group) have more power than they know.

  13. Maybe he should have stayed where he was, one day earlier.

    The law is the law, whether you agree with it or not.

  14. Prohibition of Cannabis is not good domestic legal policy; law enforcement resources could be put to better use (this is my opinion). Now if the terms of your employment as collectively bargained by your union require you to not use certain substances (school bus driver, air traffic controller, NFL player) then you need to abide by the rules. If the NFL players want to use Cannabis then they need to negotiate this into the next agreement; this is the direction the country is going.

  15. As soon as it’s legal at State and Federal you can be assured it’ll come off the NFL’s banned recreational substances. Even if one state holds out, or all states but Federal holds out, it’ll stay on the list. That’s a lot of politics to happen.

  16. Ridiculous rule? Maybe, but until it becomes legal in the eyes of the NFL, the only thing that’s ridiculous is the conscious choice to smoke a $122k blunt.

  17. It’s still a Federal law.

    It’s still a condition of employment.

    Can we agree to stop making excuses and follow the rules until they are properly changed?

  18. minnesotablizzard says:
    Jul 4, 2015 12:24 AM
    It is beyond ridiculous he has to go through these fines for a plant people have been using for thousands of years. This coming from a Vikings fan too.
    ——————————-

    Based on that logic, then cocaine and heroine should be legal because they are plants as well.

  19. “Prohibition of Cannabis is not good domestic legal policy; law enforcement resources could be put to better use (this is my opinion)”
    —————-

    It’s not really an opinion; we learned nearly a century ago that prohibition doesn’t work.

    Prohibition just funds murderous gangsters instead of taxpaying businesses. It hemorrhages government, police, and jail resources in the effort to enforce this prohibition. We learned of these high costs long ago which is in large part why alcohol prohibition was overturned.

    The costs, including the cost in lives, are definitely far higher to prohibit alcohol and marijuana than they are to legalize and regulate them.

  20. gsomatt says:
    Jul 4, 2015 8:53 AM
    It’s still a Federal law.

    It’s still a condition of employment.

    Can we agree to stop making excuses and follow the rules until they are properly changed?
    _______________________________

    By that logic law=ethics.

    There’s a long and proud American tradition of being unwilling to follow foolish or unjust laws, particularly in the context of “that’s my business, not yours.”

  21. Weed still being illegal in 2015, both in society and in sports leagues, is absolutely ABSURD. Especially considering that alcohol companies, who provide a more harmful and addictive product, are major advertisers with the NFL and other leagues. Why do I see 20 beer commercials a game, but everyone clutches their pearls in horror ate idea of a guy smoking a doob? Makes no sense whatsoever.

  22. The NBA condones Marijuana use. Basketball has had only a few failed doping tests — none from top-tier players. the NBA didn’t officially start testing for marijuana until 1999, so the NBA has already had a time where marijuana was a big part of the league (still is) and wasn’t being tested for.

    MLB condones Marijuana use. Teams promote top prospects to their 40-man rosters to shield them from minor league rules on marijuana.

    The NHL condones Marijuana use. It does not include marijuana among its banned substances.

    The NFL…. still suffers from refer madness.

  23. @screamingyellowzonkers

    FYI, Cocaine and heroin are processed to get the final results. Weed is not.

  24. We will never know the true numbers but my guess is a significant percentage of NFL players smoke weed. So how dumb do you have to be to get caught? That’s the part of the story that I wish was covered in this story.

  25. Stupid penalty, but the guy should still play by the rules. Wonder if he was stopped while in Letroy’s truck?

  26. Even if pot were legal, there is no guarantee that, as a condition of employment, NFL players will be allowed to smoke. Apparently, there are a lot of confused people who seem to think that if weed is legal, employers will not be able to do drug tests and enact discipline on their employess who smoke. I for one don’t have any interest in working with potheads. Too many times where my life is in the hands of my coworkers.

  27. So the league will pump the players full of narcotic, addictive painkillers, but not allow them to smoke weed.

    Isn’t there a lawsuit from former players about being forced to abuse painkillers without proper information about the effects from the league ?

    Stupidity marches onwards.

  28. There is a time and place for any activity. Choose the time and place wisely…..and enjoy yourself.

    Or, face the consequences.

  29. whatjusthapped says:
    Jul 4, 2015 10:08 AM

    We will never know the true numbers but my guess is a significant percentage of NFL players smoke weed. So how dumb do you have to be to get caught? That’s the part of the story that I wish was covered in this story.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    NFL players are not noted for their intelligence overall. Perhaps there is a direct causual relationship to their use of pot? Food for thought.

  30. Fine is too “high”. Dude should get a credit of about $120,000 for having to spend so much time in Green Bay! (I wonder if Guion is his hookup?)

  31. Legalize it? Really?

    You pro-legalization people will start the slippery slope. First pot, then coke, then heroin, then crack, then meth, then rape, then pedophilia, etc.

    Let me ask you this, when potheads get hooked, and look for better highs, and lose their jobs/careers, families, and possessions as a result, who pays for their rehab?

    The taxpayer should NOT be forced to foot the bill for a loser who chose weed (and/or other drugs), to get over his/her addiction and get their life back together.

    THAT is what potheads will demand if pot is legalized. They’ll claim “no one told me is was addictive…due” or “hey man it’s just weed and it doesn’t hurt anyone…except me, my kids, my family, my co-workers, etc”. Then they’ll cry that “I spent all my money on weed, I have no money for rehab. Liberals will pity this loser and say “it’s in society’s best interest to help this person”.

    If pot is legalized, then I say legalize tax evasion. It’s doesn’t hurt anyone else, and it’s a non-violent thing so liberals should be happy about that.

  32. If players use pot, which is illegal, then they should be cut and banned. No second chances.

    What part of ILLEGAL don’t you people understand?

  33. Chris6523, if weed was legal, how would companies be allowed to test you for it? They don’t test you for alcohol, do they? Alcohol alters your mind and body much more than marijuana. I’m actually prescribed pot by a medical doctor, and not some Dr. Nick Riviera, for anxiety. I’m pretty much fully operational when using it. I’m not supposed to drive on it, but I can easily with little to no impairment (much less dangerous than texting!), and I go to work, go to the gym, cook, clean, do chores and household projects with ease. I couldn’t do any of that at a reliable level after a few drinks. But I can buy booze at like 20 different places in the small town I live in. Weed is decriminalized and I’m legal now anyway, but ten years ago that would have been a night in jail for possessing it, an unprocessed plant that grows like every other plant on the planet. That’s just crazy. And as far as jobs, I’d trust a pothead over an alcoholic 10 times out of 10. I have nothing against kicking back with some beers now and again, but I’ve seen families destroyed by alcohol, and it almost destroyed my own when I was growing up. I’ve never seen that happen over weed. I don’t mean to soapbox here, but it blows my mind that so many people are just buying into what the government was/is selling them and believing that weed qualifies as “drugs” while two much more potentially harmful substances in alcohol and tobacco are available at your local corner store. As fr testing for employment, I would never work somewhere that invaded my privacy like that in the first place. I get it if it’s like an airline pilot job or something, but what you do at home on your own time in most cases is no ones business but your own.

  34. “You pro-legalization people will start the slippery slope. First pot, then coke, then heroin, then crack, then meth, then rape, then pedophilia, etc.”

    You’re coocoo for cocoa puffs nuts. How you draw the conclusion that legalizing weed will lead to legalizing rape, pedophila etc is beyond me.

    Making such irrational claims only undermines any point you’re trying to make.

  35. Too bad for the Packers. If they would have suspended him 4 games that would have been a benefit to the team. One game? I mean the guy is a bum. Last year they were talking break out (year three). Who the hell breaks out if year three.
    “Hey in ten years we expect this guy to be pretty good and even know the play book by then”.

    I have him as a bust and he stays a bust until he breaks out. Not holding my breath for that.

  36. irishgary says:
    Jul 4, 2015 9:51 AM
    @screamingyellowzonkers

    FYI, Cocaine and heroin are processed to get the final results. Weed is not.
    ——————–
    No kiidding Sherlock.
    That’s not the point that was made, however.

    The fool stated that since pot was a plant it should be legal.
    I am glad you agree that that was stupid logic.

  37. @fearadmiral

    That’s quite a distinction you’ve made — ‘it’s not a drug, it’s a plant’. Do you realize how many drugs come from plants? And those that are synthetically made are designed based on a plant. Marijuana has a medicinal effect in the body and that is what counts. If it did nothing, like lettuce when you eat it, then no one would use it.

  38. The NFL and all employers should just quit testing for weed. Who/what are they protecting? Weed can’t damage anyone as much as playing in the NFL can that’s for sure.

  39. lizzzy321 says:
    Jul 4, 2015 2:22 PM
    @fearadmiral

    That’s quite a distinction you’ve made — ‘it’s not a drug, it’s a plant’. Do you realize how many drugs come from plants? And those that are synthetically made are designed based on a plant. Marijuana has a medicinal effect in the body and that is what counts. If it did nothing, like lettuce when you eat it, then no one would use it.

    Lizzy. I can walk into the woods find wild cannibis, harvest it and smoke it. If anything else with medicinal benefits can be used the same way I’m all for it.

    We can’t live off oxy. It destroys our bodies. Plants like cannabis help me better than pills. All I’m saying.

  40. Packers players are biting the dust this offseason. Damn they are starting to make the 90s Cowboys look like choir boys

  41. You have to be pretty stupid to be caught for weed if you are not in the disciplinary program already.

    That said, can’t we all agree that it’s time for this policy, and for the federal laws regarding marijuana, to change? Hard to see what’s so immoral about a plant that anyone should lose any time on the job for using it off the job.

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