REPORT: Jerry Jones Pushed NFL To End Marijuana Ban, Off-Field Conduct Investigations
In recent years, the Dallas Cowboys have seen numerous players—like linebacker Rolando McClain, and pass-rushers Demarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory—suspended due to the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
Owner Jerry Jones wants the NFL to put an end to this practice. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Jerry Jones raised the issue of marijuana use by NFL players and wants the league to end its prohibition of the drug once and for all.
“Jones also raised the question of the NFL’s position on marijuana. Jones, per a source who heard the comments, wants the league to drop its prohibition on marijuana use. Jones was reminded that the issue falls under the umbrella of collective bargaining, which would require the players to make one or more concessions in exchange for significant changes to the marijuana prohibition.
Separately, the league office reiterated to PFT its position that any changes to the substance-abuse policy would occur within the confines of labor negotiations, and that the league is willing to listen to the medical community about any potential changes to the rules regarding marijuana.”
Jones wasn’t finished. He also wants the league to end its practice of conducting its own investigations into players’ off-field misconduct.
“Jones likewise urged an end to the practice of investigating off-field misconduct. The NFL became more proactive regarding these issues after the Ray Rice situation forced the league to no longer defer to the criminal justice system, which often imposes insufficient sanctions for clear acts of misbehavior.
A league spokesman told PFT that the NFL continues to maintain its commitment to pursuing investigations that are relevant and meaningful, and that the league office always looks to be efficient when conducting investigations.”