Jerry Jones doesn’t approve of Ezekiel Elliott’s visit to pot shop

Marijuana is legal for recreational use in two of the 22 states in which the NFL does business. It’s legal, that is, for everyone except the NFL players who live in, work in, or visit those states.

The Cowboys visited the Seahawks on Thursday in Washington, one of the two states were marijuana legally can be purchased. Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was photographed in a store that sells marijuana. There’s no evidence he bought any or that he smoked any. Regardless, his boss doesn’t approve of Zeke’s weed window shopping.

“Well, I think that, in and of itself, the reason we are talking about is in a way part of the learning process,” Jones said after Thursday’s game, via Clarence E. Hill, Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “But it’s not good. It’s just not good. It’s just not good.”

Setting aside the fact that Jones has been photographed in compromising situations that weren’t illegal but that were at least ill-advised, why is it not good that Elliott was looking at marijuana that was legally for sale if there’s no evidence he bought it or smoked it? While behavior can get a player evaluated for placement in the substance-abuse program, behaving like a tourist is a far cry from behaving like a pothead, Focker.

It still doesn’t look good, but only because of the NFL’s Big-Shield-Knows-Best mandate regarding things a player can and can’t do on his own time. (And because the Cowboys have more than a few guys who consistently choose consuming banned substances over football.) The mere fact that a guy walking down the street and passing a store can’t even go in the store and look but don’t touch underscores the folly of the league’s lingering finger wagging over marijuana.

But the marijuana ban is here to stay, in part because the issue has become part of the broader push-and-pull of collective bargaining — and in part because the NFL Players Association knows that it’s relatively easy for players not in the program to smoke, if they want to. Regardless of whether they do, they should be able to walk into a store that sells it without being called out by their coach, owner, or anyone else.

100 responses to “Jerry Jones doesn’t approve of Ezekiel Elliott’s visit to pot shop

  1. When I’m in Cincinnati, I like to drive across the Kentucky border to Party Source, a wonderland of good booze. There is “no evidence” that I buy anything. After all, I just like to look at the bottles.

  2. Has he failed a drug test? No.
    Did he buy weed? No.
    Is he allowed to visit stores during his down time? Yes.
    Did he break any NFL rules? No.
    Is TMZ a tabloid site? Yes.

  3. Ha! You think the NFL only does business in 22 states? The NFL sells merchandise all over the world, not to mention every single state in this country. Ever seen “TV”? They push their product all over the world. 22 States? C’mon, man!

  4. it’s not legal for everyone in those states. many employers (not just the NFL) still ban marijuana use. Police Officers can’t use marijuana either, and they get paid chicken feed compared to NFL athletes and you don’t hear them complaining everyday. I’m tired of these millionaire players complaining that they can’t smoke weed. Grow up

  5. Jerry is from the old school mindset that weed is the devils drug. When the Government went all out in propaganda during a time where radio, newspaper and word of mouth were the only forms to deliver information its easy to understand how they brainwashed an entire country. In the 1930’s the DEA was known as the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and the head of that program was Henry J Anslinger who once said “marijuana smoking by white women will make them want to have sexual relations with negro jazz musicians”. That quote not only shows how gullible the american ppl were(are), the stupidity that the negative POV on weed was founded on but also the fact that telling a country that your white daughter, wife, etc would have sex with black men as a means to scare them shows how racism was fundamental in the establishment of many decisions in this country…..

  6. This is the NFLPA big chance to get some leverage. Get a few hundred players to have a smoke in for the media. That would put the NFL between a rock and a hard place. Even players that don’t smoke weed could have a regular smoke (though that would be unhealthy). It would look the same on camera. Even the planning of it would bring the NFL back to the contract early.
    A smoke in would be better than a wildcat strike, without striking.

  7. Where it may be legal in 2 of the 22 states that the NFL plays it – if you chose to partake, there are risks.

    1. Many employers screen for drugs based on Federal Statutes. Try working for one of those companies with marijuana in your blood and see if you are still able to keep your job.

    2. If you are pulled over and a police officer senses you have smoked you may be charged with being under the influence.

    I am not going to get into the debate about whether or not marijuana has medicinal benefits. I do know that anyone who knows they are going to be tested for a substance, and goes out and partakes of that substance (even in a state where it isn’t illegal) is making some very poor career decisions.

    Want to smoke pot? Go work in an industry that doesnt test its employees….

  8. It may be legal in two states that the NFL does business, but it is still Federally illegal. And federal law trumps state law. Just because the feds don’t actually enforce it doesn’t make it any less illegal.

  9. To be fair, we have some really great shops. There are super passionate employees working there that can talk about weed like a sommelier talks about wine. I think anyone could find it interesting whether you are buying it or not.

  10. Its legal for everyone in the state. The NFL does not make law. They , like any other employer can ban the substance use. Just like many business do in both states. But its still legal for the players to use.

  11. Doesn’t matter how good this guy may be Cowboys D sucks. Saw what Vikings defense did to Wilson compare to Cowboys. No pass rush whatsoever, good luck playing catch up.

  12. You hired woman beater Greg Hardy along with a cast of other questionable characters and then say “It’s just not good…” for Zeek to stop by a pot shop? Can you say hypocrite?

  13. “It’s legal, that is, for everyone except the NFL players who live in, work in, or visit those states.”

    Add to that list: anyone who has a CDL, all airline employees, all medical personnel, all security personnel, all members of the military, all police employees, all employees of companies that test for drugs.

    Que the commenters who think it should be legal for airline pilots and truck drivers to dabble in it.

  14. I’d also like to add that it seems rather odd that you’d be coming down on JJ for actually trying to nip something like this in the bud considering the problems he’s had with issues such as there with many of his players recently.

    1 month ago: Jerry needs to make a stand and stop being an enabler

    Today: What’s wrong with letting his guys hang out at a pot store?

    Yeah, Zeke was just there to “look”. Please.

  15. This is too obvious for even the casual observer to figure out. When a video from an extreme organization like Al Jazeera can prompt an NFL investigation, what makes you think that a player’s presence in a store that sells a banned substance won’t do the same? Engage brain before typing.

  16. Oh great, another dope smoker. Be a professional and grow up, Elliot. Suck it up, follow the rules, don’t hurt our team with an idiotic drug suspension, keep your nose clean, make your millions and when you retire move to Amsterdam or something. In the grown up world you have to follow rules you don’t like. Millennials will disagree.

  17. Florio – there are lots of jobs that screen for drugs, including marijuana, in the “legalized states.”

    I’m saying players shouldn’t be allowed to smoke, but lots of people work jobs that don’t allow THC to be in your system.

  18. You just made me laugh out loud. You take American media serious and criticize Al… As Michael Jackson would say, “that’s ignorant… don’t be ignorant”
    I imagine the NFL might be taking a different view on marijuana in the next few years. Much better than opiates for sure.

  19. On another note, as much as I despise the High Times crowd, if I were running for president I would announce the night before the election that I would legalize pot my first day in office. I would probably win every single state. Seriously.

  20. Come on Grandpa Jones, quit yelling at the kids and telling them to get off the lawn. Jerry Jones is in the oil and alcohol industries, both which are threatened by the legality of marijuana, however the whole Cowboy team can be shot in a beer commercial and you will never see Jones stop his players from visiting liquor stores or bars (because it affects their income). Trust me, if Jones owned a marijuana cafe, he would have his players in there doing commercials one after the other. Elliott is partaking in a legal activity in the state he is in, no different than a liquor store or bar and to make a big deal of it shows Jones’ ties to the alcohol and oil industries. And just because the NFL tests for drugs doesn’t make it illegal for him to visit the shop. Many industries in Colorado still test for marijuana and if you come up positive you can still be refused employment.

  21. Legalized marijuana is bad for the alcohol business. Medical marijuana is bad for pharmaceutical companies. Alcohol and pharmaceutical companies advertise during NFL commercial breaks. NFL refuses to change it’s stance on marijuana, continues to allow endorsement of more harmful substances and allows opioids to be given to their players for pain management, yet refuse to acknowledge medicinal pain relieving benefits of NON-PSYCHOACTIVE (aka: doesn’t get you “high”) CBD extracts. I wonder if money has anything to do with this….

  22. question for anyone that has been to one of these stores: can pot be smoked in the store, like is there a smoking area within them?

    just curious if one can catch some second hand smoke.

  23. Jim Irsay has a better drug store in his briefcase.

    Marijuana laws are so outdated. The NFL should treat its use no different from alcohol and the league has no prevailing interest in determining whether its players get high. This is just silly.

  24. keithdylan says:
    Aug 26, 2016 9:09 AM

    Walking into a legal shop he has a problem with, and yet he signed Greg Hardy.
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    I wish I could “thumbs up” this comment 1,000 times.

  25. Everyone thinks that Marijuana is an innocent recreation… it’s not folks.

    Legalization has nothing to do with it. It’s easier to abuse than alcohol, because the side effects of more and more frequent use are not as uncomfortable.

    Walking in is a reflection of immature poor judgement… which is WHY someone took his picture. And yes… Jerry Jones possesses some of those same immature traits… but doesn’t make Zeke’s decision good, sound, or innocuous.

  26. SparkyGump says:
    Aug 26, 2016 8:40 AM
    Just legalize it already. Ask any athlete who uses cannabis to help recover from game day, it really works.

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    Even if all 52 states legalize it . That does not mean your employer has to let you smoke it. Or can not drug test you for it.

  27. abninf says:
    Aug 26, 2016 9:01 AM

    In the grown up world you have to follow rules you don’t like. Millennials will disagree.

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    almost every millennial I know does not fit your stereotype, and I know a lot of them.

    you should get out and meet them….get to know them personally.

  28. I find it funny how a lawyer would use the word “legal” in such a Willy nilly way. It’s legal for the players but they lose their job if they’re caught. I’m sure there are numerous other professions in those states that that applies to also.

  29. Recreational Marijuana is not legal for ALL residents of the state. Federal employees, people working in transportation or other jobs involving public safety and have drug testing policies are not allowed even the recreational use due to the latency of the affects.

  30. Zeke should be more careful. If the NFL has shown anything in the past, it’s that they take drug-related infractions and “PSI” violations more seriously than wife beaters, rapists, and murderers.

  31. You don’t go into a store and “browse” at marijuana dispensaries. It’s not like you walk in the front door and see display cases of pot. You have to go through a multiple step identification process before you can even get near the product.

    I personally don’t see someone going through that to “browse”. Not that I care, because I think it should be legal in all 50 states and that the NFL shouldn’t test for it, just trying to add some facts to the debate.

  32. Even if all 52 states legalize it . That does not mean your employer has to let you smoke it. Or can not drug test you for it.
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    52? *faceslap

    Actually I think you may be wrong there… If its legal its legal

    That would be like an employer saying you cant eat meat or you cant ride a bike or you cant drink alchohol.

    Sure they can enforce it when your on the clock but not on your free time

  33. rodgerstonelson says:
    Aug 26, 2016 9:19 AM
    SparkyGump says:
    Aug 26, 2016 8:40 AM
    Just legalize it already. Ask any athlete who uses cannabis to help recover from game day, it really works.

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    Even if all 52 states legalize it . That does not mean your employer has to let you smoke it. Or can not drug test you for it.

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    Put down the bong Cheech……there are still on 50 states…..

  34. I think the league would be much happier if Zeke (and LeVeion and Martavius and Josh etc.) turned to the pills supplied by their pharmaceutical sponsors.

    If these guys want to loosen up and dull the pain pop a pill. Pot is immoral or and abomination or a travesty or something.

  35. Even if all 52 states legalize it . That does not mean your employer has to let you smoke it. Or can not drug test you for it.
    ===========
    52? *faceslap

    Actually I think you may be wrong there… If its legal its legal

    That would be like an employer saying you cant eat meat or you cant ride a bike or you cant drink alchohol.

    Sure they can enforce it when your on the clock but not on your free time
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    how old are you? companies can and do prohibit people from doing all sorts of things on their own time. The newest thing is tobacco- companies are now mandating employees cannot use tobacco.

    Welcome to the real world.

  36. “why is it not good that Elliott was looking at marijuana that was legally for sale if there’s no evidence he bought it or smoked it? ”

    Drug test. Duh. So if he smoked any at all, he gone.

  37. I hate all you beer drinkers you’re all alcoholics in violent people and then you look down upon pot smokers who are actually peaceful I hate this country and everyone who drinks alcohol which is pretty much everyone who comments on this site I love being Superior to you all

  38. Unless you’re a doctor or a pilot it should be illegal to drug test an employee anyways. Either you can do your job and you’re a good employee or your city employee and they should fire you for not doing a good job the drugs you use on your own time should have nothing to do with the job you work. You can smoke weed at night and have it not affect you whatsoever during the day there’s no reason people can’t smoke and work important jobs

  39. And for everybody making fun of the guy for saying there 52 states in America just remember Puerto Rico is federally a Providence of the United States and I believe Guam is to or one of those small Islands over there. So yet again all you alcoholics are wrong and the pot smoker is right. I love how stupid Americans are

  40. “Que the commenters who think it should be legal for airline pilots and truck drivers to dabble in it.”

    Yes it should be, but DUI laws should apply.

    They are trusted to not drink and fly or drink and drive the big rig, there is no difference with this.

    Don’t have a flight to do for the next 4 days? No reason a pilot shouldn’t be able to smoke. Same thing if a driver can have a beer after he’s done driving for the day, he should be able to smoke it he wants.

    I don’t think anyone is suggesting blanket legalization where DUI does not apply.

  41. it’s not legal for everyone in those states. many employers (not just the NFL) still ban marijuana use. Police Officers can’t use marijuana either, and they get paid chicken feed compared to NFL athletes and you don’t hear them complaining everyday.

    Hey…guy…”against company policy” is not the same thing as “illegal.”

  42. Should have picked Jalen Ramsey over this guy. The defense is a joke and a RB doesn’t impact games that much no matter how good he is.

  43. Jerry Jones is a hypocrite and a baffoon, but he’s not wrong here. Ezekiel Elliott hasn’t done anything wrong, but it certainly doesn’t seem like a smart decision, either. Yes, the league is stupid and a lot of their rules are silly. But don’t put you or your team in a situation where these sort of things have to be addressed.

  44. Amazing insight by patriot420blog. I wasn’t convinced before but I sure am now. He is articulate, persuasive, brilliant, and stoned. Thank you.

    Translated for patriot420blog:

    Amazing insight by patriot420blog I wasn’t convinced before but I sure am now he is articulate persuasive brilliant and stoned thank you

  45. Yeah, there’s no “evidence” he violated NFL policy as he was “just looking”… As do visitors to the Mustang Ranch. Just looking, honey, really I was …

  46. Browsing is easy and quick to do. The only “identification process” is showing an ID at the door to show you are 21 or older.

    Can’t smoke in the shops or even open the packages in public. But you can easily speak with knowledgeable staff and take a look at what they are selling.

    Every shop has lots of security cameras but generally they frown upon customers taking photos so it surprises me someone got photos of this kid.

  47. Maybe he was just stopping by to get some 100% federally legal cbd? As nate diaz stated, its great for inflammation and recovery. The NFL should look into its benefits from an unbiased position. As should the rest of the world. Maybe keep some of that in the ol medicine cabinet instead of vicodin.

  48. silvernblackpride says:
    Aug 26, 2016 10:54 AM

    Alcoholics look down on pot heads
    Potheads look down on alcoholics

    Guess Jerry needs to lighten up and have a few beers and a bong load after ……….Yeah !!
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    based on my experience from a LONG time ago, it’s better to do the bong first, then the beers.

  49. Nothing against Elliott, but how is the NFL not drug testing him right now? He claims he didn’t buy anything? OK, let’s prove it.

    Judging by the comments on drug issues, it appears that the vast majority of PFT readers are in favor of legalizing weed. Well, it’s time to take action instead of just whining about it. Vote out the old uber conservative and religious fanatic politicians who view weed as the devil’s drug.

  50. So tired of the excuses people keep coming up with for or against it – Guess what? The NFL has a policy that states the marijuana is a banned substance, and until that changes, if you get caught with it in your system, you get suspended.

    It doesn’t matter what we think. If my boss has a policy against smoking dope or drinking and I show up to work stoned or drunk, I get fired. Doesn’t matter if it is legal or not. It’s against company policy. Stop whining that it is legal in certain states. It could be legal in all 50, but if the NFL has a policy against it, they take their ball back (and your paycheck) and send your butt on it’s way home

  51. The season isnt here yet and Zeke is under investigation for domestic violence and now possible substance abuse. Jerr knows how to pick em. Maybe Michael Irving should be hired as a babysitter?

  52. Well it shows some stupidity. As long as that’s the rule, it behooves him to follow it. Like it or not, he can lose millions, even a future place in the HOF (due to missed games and potential derail of career [this is the risk for anyone]), lose endorsements.

    Suspensions also take you out of your rhythm and might contribute to higher risk of injury.

    But that’s not the only thing. Remember around draft the blurbs were out that Ezekiel was a weird person, and the hint was he liked to go to do psychedelics. Say whatever you want about weed, but psychedelics have no shot of becoming ‘legal’ within the NFL anytime soon. Pot maybe will be within the next CBA, but not psychedelics.

    So this lends credence to those rumors. That he uses multiple drugs. At that point you have to question what else he’s doing, or might eventually do.

    Plus it shows he’s a moron for going in there. You’re there to play a game. Plus how are you going to get it back, transport it on the plane?

    Overall it shows a lack of judgement.

  53. “Well, I think that, in and of itself, the reason we are talking about is in a way part of the learning process”

    Anyone else notice this guy’s language is always a chaotic mess of disconnected sentence fragments. He sounds like Yoda might sound with taser electrodes vibrating in his leathery hide.

  54. “Even if all 52 states legalize it . That does not mean your employer has to let you smoke it. Or can not drug test you for it.”

    Whoever posted that Federal law trumps state laws is correct. And unless there’s a test that can more accurately define how much the THC levels in the body are likely to affect judgement, reflexes, etc., the feds aren’t likely to repeal anti-marijuana laws.
    I’ve seen how much adipose some of these NFL guys are carrying at the beginning of the season, and I’d guess they’d test positive weeks after the effects have long worn off.But if marijuana ever IS legalized, all the anti-pot zealots can go suck it.

  55. it’s quasi legal. Marijuana is still illegal under federal law and a new administration could crack down on it if it chooses to. Also they have plenty of jobs that screen for alcohol use despite that it’s legal. So i don’t see Florio point.
    It’s not illegal to believe marriage is between a man and a woman or that people can’t change their gender at will, but people have been fired for stating that..

  56. I am not going to call him “stupid” as many of the holier-than-thou posters have been. He’s 22 years old. But with that said, given his status it just not a good idea. I have a fairly visible position at the University I work for and if photos surfaced of me in a pot store, I would probably be in my deans’ office the next day. It doesn’t matter that I was just curious… it just doesn’t look good.

    He’ll learn and he’ll move on.

  57. Oh give me a break, Jones. You’re drunk as a skunk half the time and your passing judgement on a player seen in a pot dispensary? What a riot!

  58. Ii knew this guy was a dip when he showed up at the draft in a wonky midriff shirt under his skin tight tuxedo.

  59. patriot420blog says:
    Aug 26, 2016 10:39 AM
    And for everybody making fun of the guy for saying there 52 states in America just remember Puerto Rico is federally a Providence of the United States and I believe Guam is to or one of those small Islands over there. So yet again all you alcoholics are wrong and the pot smoker is right. I love how stupid Americans are

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    You know, I was going to joke about maybe he also meant Puerto Rico and The Philippines, but then you had to say it like it’s an actual fact. For the record, there are only 50 STATES in the United States, our protectorates don’t count. They aren’t states, they have no voting power in our government. If you need a refresher on what the 50 states are, go search youtube for the Animaniacs video that explains it. And also for the record, I don’t drink, and have no problem with legalized marijuana.

  60. I haven’t been in any such stores in Seattle or elsewhere, but you can often smell it if someone has been using marijuana.

    if you can smell it, can’t your skin absorb it? And if so, couldn’t just going into the store affect whether you’d test positive in a drug test?

    I don’t know the answers to the questions I’m asking. But anybody who works in an industry where drug testing is part of deal should research these questions before even visiting these places for curiosity reason.

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