Randy Gregory suspended indefinitely for substance abuse policy violation

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Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory is back on the suspended list.

Per multiple reports, the NFL has suspended Gregory indefinitely for violating the league’s substance abuse policy as well as the conditions of his reinstatement from a previous suspension. There was word of a violation last September, but Gregory recorded six sacks in 14 regular season games and saw action in both playoff games for the Cowboys last season.

Gregory was reinstated last summer after serving a one-year suspension that kept him off the field for the entire 2017 season. He was also suspended for a total of 14 games during the 2016 season for other violations of the same policy.

The team was already expected to do what it takes to hold onto defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, but losing Gregory and the expected departure of David Irving ups the need to hold onto Lawrence all the more in Dallas.

89 responses to “Randy Gregory suspended indefinitely for substance abuse policy violation

  1. I thought Florio said the NfL relaxed it’s drug suspension cause it was bad for business to have the best players not playing? He was clearly wrong

  2. My old football coach used to say “you cant take a jackass to the Kentucky Derby”. It’s a real shame, I think he keeps getting busted for smoking pot. Yes, I agree that rule is silly, beyond dumb, but those are the current rules. Dont smoke, if you get tested, you get bounced. Pretty simple. More and more the NFL shows how clueless they are. Rape women? Beat women? that’s ok if you are a big enough player or owner. Smoke ganja?–get the eff out!!!Oh the hysterical morality and hypocrisy of it all…..Kraft wont even get his hand slapped.

  3. It’s okay, Randy! You just have to listen to your teammate, David Irving:

    “I’m in the NFL because I’m great at what I do,” Irving wrote. “I’m not in the NFL because I’m an Eagle Scout, or the perfect model citizen. I didn’t put on a mask or kiss ass to be where I am. I’m here on natural ability. This is God’s plan. Not mine. Trust me, I’m adjusting to it as well. Once I step on the field and stop performing, THEN we have a problem … So does anyone have anything to say about my play?”

    Right, David?

    DAVID??????

  4. Dumb as a stump. Spare me the disease BS. People quit drugs all the time for crappy poor paying jobs. This guy has the world at his feet and can’t stay off the herb. Sure it should be legal.But it isn’t.

  5. When you get the urge, chew bubble gum and take CBD oil; otherwise you’ll be out of the league like Josh Gordan

  6. Time to “Flip Burgers” for a living. Most Fans would Love an opportunity to Play in the NFL. – Gregory is an Idiot and needs God in his Life!

  7. richndc says:
    February 26, 2019 at 3:59 pm
    My old football coach used to say “you cant take a jackass to the Kentucky Derby”. It’s a real shame, I think he keeps getting busted for smoking pot. Yes, I agree that rule is silly, beyond dumb, but those are the current rules. Dont smoke, if you get tested, you get bounced. Pretty simple. More and more the NFL shows how clueless they are. Rape women? Beat women? that’s ok if you are a big enough player or owner. Smoke ganja?–get the eff out!!!Oh the hysterical morality and hypocrisy of it all…..Kraft wont even get his hand slapped.

    I think it’s safe to say he’s already gotten more than a slap. Unless you think having your name on these headlines might be enjoyable. But nice deflect onto whitey.

  8. From what I understand, he’s dealing with a lot of emotional issues and is not just being reckless and carefree. I wish him well getting control of his life. Yeah, an Eagles fan said that.

  9. It sounds nothing like Aldon Smith. Guys like Smith and Greg Hardy are dirt bags that are dangerous to everyone around them.

    Guys like Gregory and Gordon are just lost souls that have hurt themselves.

  10. I don’t smoke it but if weed is the issue I think for every NFL player should no longer be a part of the drug testing at this point as you can smoke it legally many places in the country now

  11. Half the people commenting on this story probably smoke weed. Its not becoming legal all over the country because people are not smoking it. As a non smoker I don’t have a dog in the fight but its time the feds and the nfl understand that they are not going to stop it.

  12. Sjoyner—many places? So just because 5-6 Liberal States legalized a drug, that means the rest of the USA and all sports teams should turn the other cheek and or agree with people who still believe hippies are in and Woodstock was yesterday??? Also, that drug that even though people get addicted to and cannot quit, they whine and whine about how it’s just a part of earth and it doesn’t really do anything to you!

    That’s funny, because most of them can’t keep a job because they don’t have enough self control to stop for a while! But yeah, it’s safe and all!

  13. staff2cj says:

    February 26, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    When you get the urge, chew bubble gum and take CBD oil; otherwise you’ll be out of the league like Josh Gordan

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    You do know that CBD oil still will cost you to fail an drug test.

  14. bwoo72 says:
    February 26, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    addiction is such a cunning enemy of life…
    Hope he can the help he needs
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    So is self absorbed narcissism. He has had the best help that money can buy. Multiple times…

  15. When you get the urge, chew bubble gum and take CBD oil; otherwise you’ll be out of the league like Josh Gordan

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    You do know that CBD oil still will cost you to fail an drug test.

    No it won’t! CBD Oil from hemp has very little THC. You will test negative everytime like I have

  16. I think it quite obvious that the Cowboys can’t count on Gregory and Irving. It’s probably time to say goodbye to both. That makes Lawrence even more valuable. Time to give free agency another look, think about drafting some DE’s, reshuffle the D-Line, or a combination of all 3.

  17. To the people making comments about weed being addictive IT IS NOT. There is no debate about it, it’s not an addictive drug. No matter what anyone says the drug itself doesn’t have any of the addictive qualities that drugs like heroin and cocaine have. They’re not even in the same area code let alone the same ballpark. It’s night and day. People that can’t stop smoking weed is simply because they don’t want to stop smoking weed, plain and simple. Stop with all these comments about guys being addicted to weed because it’s physically and mentally impossible to become addicted to weed

  18. No other owner besides Jerry Jones is as loyal to his players. Randy should have been gone long time ago but Jerry gives too many second, make that third and fourth chances.

  19. I thought Florio said the NfL relaxed it’s drug suspension cause it was bad for business to have the best players not playing? He was clearly wrong
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    He usually is. I suspect there will be an opinion piece forthcoming on how unfair the league drug policy and suspension system is. Make Gregory out be a victim. Par for the course with this guy.

  20. Is Marijuana addictive? Who knows? It depends on how you define addiction. It has been shown, however, to be associated with the DEVELOPMENT of mental illnesses. You read that correct. We are continually told people who already have mental illnesses use it to self medicate; but the evidence is quite strong that it actually LEADS to mental illness (i.e., paranoia). It certainly does nothing to enhance one’s intelligence, Mr. Gregory being exhibit A.

  21. I remember Jerry thinking he got a free first round pick when he got this clown at pick 60. LMAO he couldn’t even pass the drug test at the scouting combine and Jerry thought he got the steal of the draft. Cowboys have no class. Jerry would draft people off death row if he thought it might give him a better chance to win.

  22. This dude got busted the day before the draft, if that wasnt the biggest red flag in the world i dont know what is. did anybody really think giving him a bunch of money would change things for the better?

  23. bamadawg1 says:
    February 26, 2019 at 4:23 pm
    Sjoyner—many places? So just because 5-6 Liberal States legalized a drug, that means the rest of the USA and all sports teams should turn the other cheek and or agree with people who still believe hippies are in and Woodstock was yesterday??? Also, that drug that even though people get addicted to and cannot quit, they whine and whine about how it’s just a part of earth and it doesn’t really do anything to you!

    That’s funny, because most of them can’t keep a job because they don’t have enough self control to stop for a while! But yeah, it’s safe and all!

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    Great post! I agree with you 100%! All the dopers never admit that smoking weed is not this safe drug they keep promoting. It’s a proven fact that smoking weed kills brain cells.
    I don’t know who came up with the name “dope” for marijuana — but they sure picked the right one! So all you dopes keep on getting high and justify doing it. And all you NFL players keep on jeopardizing all the money they pay you because you have to get high.
    The funny thing is, all the dopers will tell you that marijuana isn’t addictive. Well then answer this — if it isn’t addictive, why can’t guys like Randy Gregory stop doing it?

  24. boyso3 says:

    February 26, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    To the people making comments about weed being addictive IT IS NOT. There is no debate about it, it’s not an addictive drug. No matter what anyone says the drug itself doesn’t have any of the addictive qualities that drugs like heroin and cocaine have. They’re not even in the same area code let alone the same ballpark. It’s night and day. People that can’t stop smoking weed is simply because they don’t want to stop smoking weed, plain and simple. Stop with all these comments about guys being addicted to weed because it’s physically and mentally impossible to become addicted to weed

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    Wow. First off I smoke. Secondly it’s people like you that make the rest of us look idiotic. Just because there isn’t the same physical (physical is the keyword here) addiction from it other than maybe a slight haze. It is still can be mentally addicting to some. Just like cigarettes, gambling or whippits. Still we can be addicting to some. Especially for someone who needs to have their mind altered to cope with everyday life. But I bet your the type of person that says weed cures cancer as well. Remember boyso3 Mental and Physical….

  25. If Gregory was smoking to self medicate in order to deal with anxiety and other issues, as was reported, are the legal alternative prescription drugs also prohibited by the NFL. In other words, was there a legal alternative that would have addressed his issues that the NFL would have had no problem with? If the best alternative was a substance that the NFL considers a PED, then it would leave the player in a really difficult situation.

  26. Everyone knew this was coming…

    The league was out to get him from the beginning. Look how the officials targeted him on the field

  27. At 1st he was just a punch line, the guy that wouldnt get off the herb. Now I’m starting to worry for this kid. If the chance at millions and stardom doesnt make you put it down at least until you retire, your problems may be deep rooted. I read a piece on him and he struggles with a few things. Hope he doesnt end up on one of those 30 For 30s in 10 yrs…

  28. Wow, it’s Judge Judee day! I wanted to cut & paste a comment to respond to but there are so many I don’t know where to begin. First, and as usual, the loudest voices are the least accurate. I’d also like to say the lack of understanding about addiction shown by some is shocking but, it’s not. Nothing is safe is used improperly. Alcohol, Nicotine, food, porn take your pic, all potentially addictive. I know it’s fun to sit up on high and proclaim all addicts lacking in character. I know you can’t understand why they can’t just quit. If you haven’t been there, it can’t be explained to you, not so you’d really understand. As far a pot goes, it like everything else on this earth, dangerous if used improperly. I know the flat-earthers won’t agree with a doper but pot can be used for many legitimate reasons. I won’t bother listing. Your minds are made up.

  29. Welcome to the NFL, where progress doesn’t matter and fat cats with Prohibition-era principles rule the day.

    Nothing helps someone who is functioning well but perhaps struggling in one area quite like cutting them off from their livelihood and support structure! This will make everything better.

  30. Ricky Williams 2.0, except that Ricky knew to hang them up rather than stop smoking the devil’s lettuce.

  31. Gregory is an Idiot and needs God in his Life!
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    The name calling is so religious and tolerant of you.

    How predictable…..

  32. The NFL must start getting serious about these druggies – you get ONE chance – do a year of rehab (paid for by the league and the team which counts against the salary cap at full cost to the team) and you are re-admitted to the team. Should you ever test dirty again you are banned from the sport for your life and if Sherry McClain comes back as you in another life.

  33. kcflake says:
    February 26, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    How many times does it take for someone to be suspended before they are just kicked out of the league?

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    According to Pac-Man Jones and the amount of times he’s been suspended there is NO SET NUMBER, IT’S UNLIMITED!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. Cowboys don’t have a first round pick in April. Gonna be interesting to see who they get to replace Irving and Gregory

  35. Lemmy Aksyadis says:
    February 26, 2019 at 6:00 pm
    Wow, it’s Judge Judee day! I wanted to cut & paste a comment to respond to but there are so many I don’t know where to begin. First, and as usual, the loudest voices are the least accurate. I’d also like to say the lack of understanding about addiction shown by some is shocking but, it’s not. Nothing is safe is used improperly. Alcohol, Nicotine, food, porn take your pic, all potentially addictive. I know it’s fun to sit up on high and proclaim all addicts lacking in character. I know you can’t understand why they can’t just quit. If you haven’t been there, it can’t be explained to you, not so you’d really understand. As far a pot goes, it like everything else on this earth, dangerous if used improperly. I know the flat-earthers won’t agree with a doper but pot can be used for many legitimate reasons. I won’t bother listing. Your minds are made up

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    Hey lemmy, just because some people enjoy getting stoned and watching cartoons doesn’t mean that weed is addictive. I’ve been there as a teenager and guess what, when I became an adult I quit. No pacing the floor, no night sweats no going through withdrawals. But at retirement I plan to enjoy some herb and a couple episodes of Scooby-Doo

  36. If y’all are so passionate about legalizing weed, then stop voting for conservative politicians who cater to the fire and brimstone religious fanatics.

  37. kcflake says:
    February 26, 2019 at 4:17 pm
    How many times does it take for someone to be suspended before they are just kicked out of the league?
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    Gordon is on #6 I believe. 9 if you count college. They still want to give him another shot even though he is not only an addict but was a dealer as well. He also admitted to cheating the tests several times as well. Talent trumps morals. I don’t care if people smoke weed as long as they don’t endanger others (like driving) but if you choose to ignore rules over and over like that, get out. I think if a player has been suspended twice (for any reason–drugs, team discipline, illegal hits) and they get suspended for a 3rd time then they should never be allowed to work in the league anymore. I said work, not play. That means play/coach/scout/league office or any other capacity.

  38. boyso3 says:
    February 26, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    To the people making comments about weed being addictive IT IS NOT. There is no debate about it, it’s not an addictive drug. No matter what anyone says the drug itself doesn’t have any of the addictive qualities that drugs like heroin and cocaine have. They’re not even in the same area code let alone the same ballpark. It’s night and day. People that can’t stop smoking weed is simply because they don’t want to stop smoking weed, plain and simple. Stop with all these comments about guys being addicted to weed because it’s physically and mentally impossible to become addicted to weed
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    But, can yo still be “cool” if you stop using it? The call it dope for a reason.

  39. Not an idiot…many of these guys wouldn’t make it this far without PEDs. He got paid and kept an honest player out of the league. Sad, but true Julian.

  40. People keep saying idiot. It’s his decision. I’m sure people would call many of us idiots for decisions we all have made in our lives. It is what he wants to do. It’s his life and we only get one. It doesn’t affect you . It affects him and it is his decision and his only.

  41. boyso3 says:
    February 26, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    To the people making comments about weed being addictive IT IS NOT. There is no debate about it, it’s not an addictive drug. No matter what anyone says the drug itself doesn’t have any of the addictive qualities that drugs like heroin and cocaine have.
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    Maybe for the majority of people it is not addictive. But there have been studies that indicate approximately 30% of people have some sort of marijuana use disorder, and up to 17% percent become dependent depending on age of first use. Plus, the potency comes into play.
    Maybe some of these Pro players fall in the latter description. It’s one of two things, they have developed some type of dependency or they are just dumb, as they either can’t or won’t give it up long enough to make millions of dollars.

  42. Well we have over 50 Million in cap space so looks like we might grab a FA or 2 to fill both Gregory and Irving spot. Both talented players but rather waste their talents. Unreal I tell you.

  43. Well we have over 50 Million in cap space so looks like we might grab a FA or 2 to fill both Gregory and Irving spot. Both talented players but rather waste their talents. Unreal I tell you.
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    True…but we have to budget for Tank Lawrence, we might extend Dak, we’re still probably looking hard at Earl Thomas, and Amari Cooper, Byron Jones and Zeke are all going to be coming due soon.

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