The Dallas Cowboys will open the season with three players suspended by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Running back Ezekiel Elliott is being investigated by the NFL and district attorney in Columbus, Ohio, regarding a domestic violence accusation by a former girlfriend.
So owner Jerry Jones was not happy to see a TMZ report on Thursday showing Elliott visiting a legal marijuana shop, “Herban Legends,” in Seattle prior to the preseason game against the Seahawks.
“Well, I think that, in and of itself, the reason we are talking about it is in a way part of the learning process,” Jones said as he measured his words carefully. “But it’s not good. It’s just not good. It’s just not good.”
Marijuana is legal in the state of Washington but is banned by the NFL. The TMZ report indicated that Elliott only browsed like a tourist. He was not seen making a purchase.
The Cowboys also remain behind Elliott in the domestic violence incident as they believe there is no truth to the accusation.
Still, Jones remains troubled by the marijuana situation because of the optics and the perception, not to mention that marijuana is the reason defensive end Randy Gregory has been suspended for the first 10 games of the season and is currently away from the team in drug rehab.
“Again that’s a part of just really getting the big picture here,” Jones said. “No matter if you played at whatever level there is a picture here of interest. So again, I’m aware of it. I heard the report and I would know how he is. And he needs to look at that and the other thing is it’s just not good. I don’t want to say anymore. I do want us do things that in general while it may not be wrong it’s just not good.”
Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will miss the first four games of the season. Middle linebacker Rolando McClain has been suspended for the first 10 games because of the use of codeine and cough syrup in a concoction called the “Purple Drank.” McClain is not expected play at all in the 2016.