DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) – With the latest news that Dallas Cowboys LB Rolando McClain will be suspended for the first 4 games of the 2015 season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy…we look back at some of the recent suspensions of Dallas Cowboys players for doing the same stupid thing.
Jakar Hamilton – August 2014
A second-year member of the Cowboys secondary, Hamilton got popped for violating the policy at the beginning of the 2014 season and had to sit out 4 games.
According to Hamilton said the reason for the suspension was due to missing a urine test during OTAs. He claimed he showed up to provide the little yellow sample after the Cowboys’ workout, but the league’s ‘collector’ was gone.
At the time this was Hamilton’s second violation of the policy. According to the CBA, he must remain in Stage Two for 24 months or two full seasons, whichever is shorter. In Stage Two, a player is subject to unannounced testing up to 10 times – per month!
Orlando Scandrick – August 2014
Blame it on Mexico! Scandrick was slapped with a 4-game suspension after he allegedly took something while on vacation in Mexico.
Luckily the league’s new drug policy saved him after he tested positive for a banned amphetamine in the offseason, a violation that was no longer classified under the new performance enhancing drug policy.
Scandrick was reinstated and did not miss any games.
Leon Lett – December 1996, September 1999
This was Lett’s fifth time for violating the policy. Lett wasn’t suspended for his first two violations and they weren’t publicized. He tested positive for weed in 1995 and cocaine in 1996 which resulted in a one-year suspension (16 games)
The Pro Bowl defensive tackle was finally suspended for eight games by then NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue for violating the substance abuse policy a fifth time.
Michael Irvin – July 1996
Then Commissioner Paul Tagliabue suspended Michael Irvin, the Cowboys Pro Bowl receiver for the first five games of the 1996 season after Irvin halted his trial in Dallas by pleading no contest to a felony charge of cocaine possession.
Clayton Holmes – November 1996
The Cowboys cornerback was hit with a 4-game suspension for undisclosed violations of the NFL’s drug policy in 96. But it may have been a blessing in disguise as Holmes was being used as an extra back on passing downs after surrendering his starting job to an upcoming Cowboys star – Deion Sanders.
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