Jerry Jones On Scandrick Suspension And Preseason Moves
DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) – Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones joined the G-Bag Nation on 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday.
Jones elaborated on his announcement from Monday that cornerback Orlando Scandrick has been suspended four games for using a banned substance.
“He’s one of our top, top off-the-field players. It really does disappoint us. Not only for the team, but for him, I know no one regrets it more than he does.” said Jones.
Scandrick’s agent, Ron Slavin, suggested on Tuesday morning that Scandrick’s punishment is unfair.
“The league is very sensitive about the consequences of these penalties. On the other hand, they want a zero tolerance in the program. There’s always room for interpretation — as it should be. The program of appeals is without a doubt is one that is taking seriously b everyone involved. I’m confident that it did get a full hearing.” said Jones.
Scandrick tested positive in April after reportedly drinking a cocktail that included MDMA.
“There’s been some circumstances that are just really sad. These guys can without a doubt accidentally have a performance enhancing drug and that not have been the intent when they took it — to actually enhance their performances.”
Jones was asked about the possibility of decriminalizing marijuana and how that could affect the league’s policy.
“I do support [the policy]. The main reason is we have to have a consistent program, relative to our league stance, and it’s got to apply to every part of the country.”
The owner also had some promising news about defensive end Anthony Spencer, saying it’s “likely” that Spencer – sidelined for almost a year following microfracture knee surgery – will start the season on the active roster rather than on the PUP list.
Meanwhile, the Raiders are in Oxnard and Jones said his anticipation of the workouts kept from sleeping last night.
“It’ll be a happening!” he said.
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