Steven Jackson’s one-day contract triggers a drug test

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NFL players who sign a one-day retirement contract may also endure the one-minute (or longer if shy bladder kicks in) indignity of urinating in front of a grown man.

Former Rams running back Steven Jackson learned this lesson the hard way when returning to the Rams for a ceremonial walk into the sunset. Jackson, via the New York Post, received an invitation to submit to a drug test based on his non-return return to the Rams.

“Dear NFL can you tell Mr. Lombardo that I signed a one day contract,” Jackson said. “I will not be reporting today for my random drug test screening. Thanks in advance #retirement life.”

Apparently, it’s not joke.

“As you know more than most, this is done by the independent administrator,” a league spokesman told PFT via email. “This is done for all players who sign and have not had an annual test completed.”

All players are subject to a once-per-year substance-abuse test, during a window that opens on April 20 (yes, 4/20) and that closes in early August. And by “all players,” the league means all players — even those who join the roster and immediately exit it, and even though there was never any contemplation that the player will actually join the team.

While it’s true that the administrator and not the league randomly picks players for testing, the system should be set up to exclude players who aren’t really planning to play football.

Jackson last played in 2015, capping a 12-year career that included nine with the Rams, two with the Falcons, and a short stint in 2015 with the Patriots.

51 responses to “Steven Jackson’s one-day contract triggers a drug test

  1. this shows where the NFL’s collective heads are located.
    they dont have anything else to do except hassle a guy whos signed a 1 day to retire with a certain team.
    pretty ignorant, even by Roger’s standards

  2. NFL should allow for a handful of PEDs that are focused on rehabilitation plus weed for players in States where it is legal and outlaw the rest with lifetime bans. Problem solved

  3. exinsidetrader says:
    August 2, 2019 at 1:29 pm
    NFL should allow for a handful of PEDs that are focused on rehabilitation plus weed for players in States where it is legal and outlaw the rest with lifetime bans. Problem solved

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    Nothing in life is that simple. First the NFL doesn’t just get to impose just any rule without it being bargained with the Players Union. That players union will never go for a life time ban for several reasons.

  4. One would think this could have been manually filtered out before contacting Jackson, if it was really a random selection… Time to update the algorithm I suppose.

  5. Conduct detrimental to the shield. There are pretty big penalties for that in the NFL.

    I look forward to this 3rd party administrator receiving his punishment.

  6. So if he fails since this is a retirement contract does that mean his punishment would be reversed and he’d be forced to play in 4 games?

  7. How silly. What are you going to do to force him to take it, suspend him? lol. Common sense guys.

  8. The NFL does this on purpose so they can counter any claims that their drug testing is not random

  9. kenmasters34 says:

    August 2, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    Not reporting for the test? What does he have to hide?

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    One thing he was joking by saying he wasn’t going to report to take it and the second thing he’s retired so doesn’t matter if he was taking something or not

  10. So what watta they gonna do suspend him if he fails? Take the test you’re retiring that day anyway

  11. Its clear that most all NFL retirees will be living in pain while suffering from various disabilities – especially a 13 yr RB. I would HOPE that after retirement from the physical beatings of the NFL, retiring players could receive treatment from physicians specializing in rejuvenation where they CAN be prescribed steroidal therapy in trying to heal their battered bodies.

  12. Man he was good. I’m gonna draft him in my fantasy league again for one day.

  13. Tashan Harrison says:
    August 2, 2019 at 3:13 pm
    kenmasters34 says:

    August 2, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    Not reporting for the test? What does he have to hide?

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    One thing he was joking by saying he wasn’t going to report to take it and the second thing he’s retired so doesn’t matter if he was taking something or not

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    I dont think he was joking. If he doesn’t show he faces suspension. I suppose if Roger acts fast enough he can get him a letter by mid afternoon saying that he is suspended until the close of the business day or the end of his career, whichever comes first.

  14. Wise that he didn’t choose to retire a Patriot. He would have automatically got 4 games.

  15. This guy could become a hero… forever… with one simple move. “Show up and blaze up.” Yep. Fire up a blunt as he’s walking into the test facility. What are they gonna do? Suspend him?

  16. The NFL with their great priorities. Good thing he didn’t hit his kid or he would have been suspended………oh wait, not anymore.

  17. Batmanuel says:
    August 2, 2019 at 5:18 pm
    So apparently none of us can come up with a one liner that is funnier than the comedy that wrote itself.
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    I beg to differ, sir. See below.

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    mrfrostyj says:
    August 2, 2019 at 2:31 pm
    So if he fails since this is a retirement contract does that mean his punishment would be reversed and he’d be forced to play in 4 games?

  18. Same thing would have happened to any one Archie Manning kids, eh Rog? Does the commish even have a public image person on the payroll? Guess not.

  19. They shouldn’t test anyone. These guys risk their lives on every play. Let them do whatever they want to their own bodies.

  20. How did the independent administrator even know to put Jackson on the list for the “random” drug test. He signs a contract then files his retirement papers the same day. By the time the league has added him to the active list, he’s already retired. There’s something fishy here.

  21. If you’re not planning on playing what’s the big deal? I’d say just don’t use weed for a month, but as an everyday marijuana user I don’t recommend it.

  22. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    August 2, 2019 at 6:54 pm
    Batmanuel says:
    August 2, 2019 at 5:18 pm
    So apparently none of us can come up with a one liner that is funnier than the comedy that wrote itself.
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    I beg to differ, sir. See below.

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    mrfrostyj says:
    August 2, 2019 at 2:31 pm
    So if he fails since this is a retirement contract does that mean his punishment would be reversed and he’d be forced to play in 4 games?

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    That and several others were pretty funny. But the real story still wins.

  23. bonerack says:
    August 2, 2019 at 5:57 pm
    Wise that he didn’t choose to retire a Patriot. He would have automatically got 4 games.

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    The NFL would have declined to accept his retirement papers until he served the suspension. They would find some way to force a roster slot to be used on him for those weeks. And why just four?

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