Report: Randy Gregory faces new discipline under substance-abuse policy

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Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory, whose NFL career has been overshadowed by substance-abuse issues since those issues caused him to drop in the 2015 NFL draft, is once again in hot water with the league’s substance-abuse policy.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Gregory relapsed and could be disciplined by the NFL as soon as this week.

There were murmurs about another issue with Gregory all summer, but the Cowboys denied any knowledge of any issue.

Gregory played in just two games in 2016 and zero games in 2017 because of substance-abuse suspensions, and another violation of the league policy would ordinarily result in another suspension. But the NFL has recently shifted gears toward steering players into treatment, rather than suspending them, over substance-abuse issues. So it’s possible that Gregory will be allowed to continue playing.

What is clear is that the cloud that has hung over Gregory throughout his career continues to hang over him three and a half years after he was drafted.

59 responses to “Report: Randy Gregory faces new discipline under substance-abuse policy

  1. Remember back in 2012 offseason when the Detroit Lions franchise was eviscerated by PFT for “discipline” issues. Funny how the story line will never stick with other teams that repeatedly have players suspended/arrested.

  2. Bruh…stop already…He’ll be sleeping on his parent’s couch in about a year. He has a great support from his parents but this is how he chooses to represent them. I will not shed a tear when he’s out the league.

  3. I would normally take this moment to needle Jerry and his character problem players but if this is pot the NFL needs to stop suspending players.

    People are still so brainwashed on the “devil’s lettuce”

  4. It’s just weed! A lot safer with zero side effects then the hard crap that the nfl gives them! Nothing more then a pain reliever for physical and mental health problems. Hell all of us in here do worse when we are drinking hard liquor! Nfl needs to let this go it is already legal.

  5. He smokes to control Anxiety attacks because the other medicine makes him like a Zombie, This won’t be a issue in the next CBA, but I don’t know what more the Cowboys can do with Gregory

  6. I really thought he turned the corner this time and was going to make it. The new CBA needs to fix this issue. The NFL should not police their players for anything other than PEDs and even that’s reached a ridiculous level. The NFL would be ok with a guy on Xanax, alcohol and pain pills but not weed. I find it harder and harder to watch football these days.

  7. When did “a single report two weeks ago” become “murmurs all summer”? Gregory went almost the entire summer without a peep of anything but reports of progress. What the heck has happened to simple fact-checking???

  8. That’s terrible for him as a human being. People should stop throwing criticism at him, unless you’ve ever dealt with addiction yourself.
    All these arm chair quarterbacks, ought to look at yourself in the mirror.

  9. What is the deal w Gregory and M.Bryant being named in public as both being repeat offenders of the substance abuse policy yet in both cases it says they will be suspended as soon as this coming week?

    Bryant’s supposed violation was reported over a month ago and then sent out by the NFL last week but if I understand they are both eligible to play this week. They’ve both been allowed to practice and play in the preseason and neither suspension has been formally announced.

    Bryant has been cut but for some reason the NFL is going to wait to suspend these players even though both have many multiple infractions between them so this is going to be Gregory’s last game for a very long time. Don’t know why the league would wait for suspension and allow them to remain eligible but for his sake hope he has the game of his life as it very well could be last game of his life.

  10. calizcowboyz says:
    September 9, 2018 at 10:53 am
    It’s just weed!

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    The rallying cry of pot heads everywhwre

  11. Wow. As someone who suffers from severe anxiety i kind of get. I used to self medicate with alcohol and marijuana I thought it was helping but it actually made it worse.Finally got professional help and was put on antidepressants and ativan. I have a prescription for this medication. If i am stopped by the police and they ask me about my medication all i do is show them is my prescription and I am on my way. If i don’t have a prescription i will be charged for drug possession. 20 years later I am doing great. Randy marijuana is illegal, you know that. It might be helping you but you need to go about this in the right way. Get professional help and get your life in order. Who cares about football. You don’t want to spend the rest of your life as the butt of peoples jokes. Remember football careers last about 5 years, life lasts quite a bit longer. Good Luck and get yourself some help.

  12. mrwoo72 says:
    September 9, 2018 at 11:06 am
    Addiction is a cunning and baffling disease.
    I hope he can get into recovery and turn things around

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    That would be true if pot was addicting. Commenting on pot when you never used it. Uninformed

  13. The sad part is that most of you commenters would rather see a suspension because it hurts the Cowboys rather than maybe potentially helping RG in the long run. Sad but true. Best thing guys like RG and Josh Gordan can do is block out all of you clowns (including the “insiders”), and just ball out and take it day by day on their rehab.

  14. The XFL should allow there players to use marijuana by just not testing for it or listing it as a banned substance in their league.

    With 2 new spring leagues coming and I’m sure the AAFL or whatever it’s called will tow the NFL alone as it comes banned substances as they want to have a good relationship with the league as sort of its farm system at first.

    XFL is a year behind every step so they have to be more innovative. They should not worry about the NFL or upsetting it at all. Like the CFL won’t deal with any suspended NFL players the XFL should try and sign all NFL players who are suspended especially those w multiple strikes like Gregory and Bryant who are getting suspended indefinitely.

  15. No bro I don’t smoke at all never did never will. But Gregory like a lot of people have mental problems as well. It is proven with out a doubt that weed is a safe medicine. But what you would back hard drugs over this weed thing huh?

  16. flviking says:
    September 9, 2018 at 11:29 am

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    That would be true if pot was addicting. Commenting on pot when you never used it. Uninformed

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    Addictions can be mental, such as gambling. Pot meet Kettle.

  17. If most of the civilized world recognizes that when someone troubled with substance abuse reaches out for help their problem becomes medical, then why doesn’t the NFL? Gregory, by all reported accounts, went above and beyond NFL mandated treatment and even into exploring his mental health issues that were discovered in treatment, leading to him ‘self medicating’.
    It’s likely that when the mental issues this young man is having are resolved, the cannabis issues will be as well. However, rules are rules until they are changed and if true, Gregory will be suspended again. This case could be a bellwether of change for the NFL, or just more of the status quo.
    We do know this: The NFL has no interest in helping anyone for any reason that doesn’t involve money in their pockets. NFL charity is a PR move, nothing more and ‘player safety’ is a euphemism for ‘preventing lawsuit culpability’.

  18. nhpats says:
    September 9, 2018 at 11:27 am
    calizcowboyz says:
    September 9, 2018 at 10:53 am
    It’s just weed!

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    The rallying cry of pot heads everywhwre

    You’ve probably been smashed on alcohol at some point in the last couple months, but that’s perfectly acceptable since it’s been out of prohibition for about 100 years, right?
    It’s the “rallying cry” of the majority of Americans nowadays. Because it’s true. It’s. Just. Weed.
    Oh and flviking, I do smoke, and I am addicted. It can be addicting. But I’m still an extremely hard working, tax paying, business owning, productive member of society.

  19. amishcowboy says:
    September 9, 2018 at 10:54 am
    He smokes to control Anxiety attacks because the other medicine makes him like a Zombie, This won’t be a issue in the next CBA, but I don’t know what more the Cowboys can do with Gregory

    Very well said

  20. The “it’s just weed” crowd is missing the point.

    Yes it’s just weed but it’s also banned. Every player knows that and they know when they’re going to be tested. To turn around and fail a test that you know is coming demonstrates where his priorities are. If you can’t make the sacrifice of not getting high then you don’t deserve to be in the league.

  21. Ladies and gentlemen your 2018 Dallas Cowboys,
    QB skates on a dui
    RB suspended for domestic violence
    Best D player on last leg of NFL’s substance abuse ladder
    Gregory gone AGAIN
    The owner wouldn’t trade his HOF ring for a super bowl ring
    It goes on and on and on and on. Despicable what HAS become of this organization.
    Somewhere in the heaven HOF tom landry looks down and just shakes his head….with a small smirk

  22. While its sad and He is dumb and thrown away any chance he had. Rumors all summer long? The “relapse” or “incident” occurred in August. How again is that all summer long?

  23. If most of the civilized world recognizes that when someone troubled with substance abuse reaches out for help their problem becomes medical, then why doesn’t the NFL? Gregory, by all reported accounts, went above and beyond NFL mandated treatment and even into exploring his mental health issues that were discovered in treatment, leading to him ‘self medicating’.
    It’s likely that when the mental issues this young man is having are resolved, the cannabis issues will be as well. However, rules are rules until they are changed and if true, Gregory will be suspended again. This case could be a bellwether of change for the NFL, or just more of the status quo.
    We do know this: The NFL has no interest in helping anyone for any reason that doesn’t involve money in their pockets. NFL charity is a PR move, nothing more and ‘player safety’ is a euphemism for ‘preventing lawsuit culpability’.
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    This was articulate and well thought out.

    You must be on the wrong website……

  24. calizcowboyz says:
    September 9, 2018 at 10:53 am
    It’s just weed! A lot safer with zero side effects then the hard crap that the nfl gives them! Nothing more then a pain reliever for physical and mental health problems. Hell all of us in here do worse when we are drinking hard liquor! Nfl needs to let this go it is already legal.

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    While your point is well taken and I even see things the same way the fact still remains that the NFL rules are quite clear and he broke them. When he did that he willingly took the risk that he might face the consequences so this is all on him, not the rule.

  25. “Finally got professional help and was put on antidepressants and ativan. ”

    I wouldn’t touch antidepressents or ativan if you paid me. The few people I know who were on those drugs became zombies unable to make a decision.

  26. mrcneff says:
    Sad. This guy needs rehab.
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    Yes he does need rehab, and deserves suspension. BUT I hope the new policy doesn't lock these players out of their teams facilities when suspended, as they were in the past.
    If they need rehab they also need a support system in the background,…. and that's usually his teammates and coaches. That is his family.

  27. harrietknutczak says:

    More evidence that marijuana doesn’t make you smarter.
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    Correct, but I don’t know why everyone always assumes these guys just smoke dope. They all claim that for PR purposes, knowing the league can’t make their test results public.

  28. Further proof that the only solution to the substance abuse issue is a one and done program. If you are caught in a substance abuse violation, you are banned for a year, must be in a substance abuse program with perpetual monitoring, and then when you are clean FOR A YEAR (with random drug testing throughout the year), then you can be cleared to play in the NFL again. If caught being dirty again, you are banned for life.

  29. Smoking pot should not be a banned substance for professional athletes. Cannabinoids are proven to reduce inflammation and they dull the receptors in the brain that sense pain.
    Now I’m not saying they should be exempt from local, state, or federal laws. My point being if they have it, smoke it or eat it in the privacy of their home. Do not use it for your Friday night entertainment and head out to the clubs. The NFLPA would have to set up guidelines.

  30. This is what is wrong with our country. Let’s not make excuses. The real issue is that there are rules that players must abide to make millions of dollars. The fact that he can’t do this is flat out insane. I do understand addiction. I do understand the effect of marijuana versus other alternatives. The fact remains. Marijuana is a banned substance for NFL players. He is gone and his career is over. He has nobody to blame but himself – the Cowboys did all they could do for him. They gave him multiple chances and he flushed them all. There is nothing left to do but release him and give someone else a shot. Make no mistake, the blame clearly should be placed on Randy Greggory’s shoulders where it belongs.

    Jussaguy

  31. flviking says:
    September 9, 2018 at 11:29 am

    That would be true if pot was addicting. Commenting on pot when you never used it. Uninformed

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    You can be addicted to anything. The human mind is complex. I’ve smoked before. I used to smoke anywhere from 7-15 blunts a day. There was rarely a time I wasn’t high. I was heavily addicted. Even though it affected my relationships and other aspects of my life, I didn’t care. And that what’s happening here. I’m all for pot but it is addictive. As is a lot of other non drugs.

  32. I do understand addiction. I do understand the effect of marijuana versus other alternatives. The fact remains. Marijuana is a banned substance for NFL players.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<
    I can't argue against what the rules state,……. however I support the use of THC only because it is a much safer alternative drug than Percocet, Torodol, Morphine, Vicodin, etc……

  33. The Truth says:
    September 9, 2018 at 12:10 pm
    Ladies and gentlemen your 2018 Dallas Cowboys,
    QB skates on a dui
    RB suspended for domestic violence
    Best D player on last leg of NFL’s substance abuse ladder
    Gregory gone AGAIN
    The owner wouldn’t trade his HOF ring for a super bowl ring
    It goes on and on and on and on. Despicable what HAS become of this organization.
    Somewhere in the heaven HOF tom landry looks down and just shakes his head….with a small smirk.
    =============================================

    I doubt Landry is smirking but thinking “Thank god the NFL wasn’t drug testing back in the seventies. Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson, Golden Richards are two off the top of my head that were blitz out on cocaine on game day. The movie, “North Dallas Forty” was based on what was going on off field that makes smoking a little pot look like child’s play.

    This is what you get when the league decides it will be the “Hall monitor” and not let the real police handle lawbreakers.

    Football? What’s that?

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