As far as NFL suspensions go, the one issued to Cowboys offensive lineman La’el Collins is turning out to me among the strangest ever.
Earlier in the season it was reported that Collins had been suspended by the NFL for five games for missing several drug tests. That suspension was reportedly bargained down to two games by the NFLPA, but Collins decided to appeal it anyway. And in doing so, the arbitrator reevaluated the evidence and decided that the suspension should actually be increased to the original five games, rather than reducing or overturning the penalty.
And that decision likely has everything to do with the recent news that Collins actually tried to bribe the NFL drug test collector.
ESPN reported the following:
Players cannot be suspended for positive marijuana tests under the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, but Collins’ issue was multiple missed tests and trying to bribe the test collector, sources said.
Collins believed he had legitimate reasons for his missed drug tests, but he’ll still have to serve his five games — the first of which he sat out in week 2 against the Chargers.
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