Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones continues to support suspended defensive end Randy Gregory even after reports surfaced that he failed another drug test and is facing a year-long suspension.
Gregory is currently serving a 14-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
Jones said the Cowboys have no plans of giving up Gregory, who might be an “ugly baby, but he’s our ugly baby.”
“I'm not going to get into what is the known about dependence and substance relative to well-meaning people having relapses,” Jones said on his radio show on 105.3 The Fan. “It's a fact of life. He's a young guy and certainly he's got those challenges. And, so, he's our baby, maybe an ugly baby, but he's our baby. And, so, the point is that I really hope he can continue make progress, make progress and I do not want to rule out Randy Gregory being on the field for the Cowboys."
Jones is attitude is different than that of Hall of Fame defensive end Charles Haley, who has given up on Gregory after trying to help himself only to be rebuffed.
"I come out there to help him, and he tells people he wants to fight me. So I'm done," Haley said on 105.3 The Fan earlier Tuesday. "I'm a guy who's been through what he's been through. And I tried to tell the kid, 'OK you don't have to do this for long. Call me. You can come live with me.' But you know what? You're going to do A, B, and C [if you're living with me]. But he don't want to do it, so eff it. He's gotta take responsibility for his actions."
Haley said believes Jones and the Cowboys have babied Gregory. He said Gregory is not going to change until he takes responsibility.
"You know what, you messed up once, OK," Haley said. "You mess up twice, you know you've got a problem. When you do it three and four times, man, how can you help him? He's got to want it himself. Jerry and them baby him by putting somebody in that house with him. They never made him be responsible for himself. Maybe the best thing for him is to be free. Because you know what? At the end of the day, at the end of the year, you know Jerry and them ain't going to keep him around, so I don't understand."