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.