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DE Randy Gregory Calls Out NFL Over His Reinstatement

The Dallas Cowboys have bolstered the defensive end position quite a bit this season. They signed former All-Pro Aldon Smith back in April and drafted Bradlee Anae in the fifth round of the NFL Draft. However, the elephant in the room has been the reinstatement of Randy Gregory. After being suspended indefinitely by the league in February of 2019, he filed for reinstatement in March and had his contract extended in April.

Even with those positive steps, Gregory is still awaiting word from the NFL, and he took to Twitter on Wednesday to voice his displeasure:

“I really miss playing football and being a player in the NFL. I’m doing everything that is asked of me and I’m in great shape physically, mentally, and emotionally but I’m being held back from furthering my career because of Covid and testing. I’ve been ready to play and test for months but still have gotten little to no help to resolve my reinstatement. I’m asking more questions than I’m getting answered. It’s amazing that the powers that be can keep passing the buck and also use this pandemic as a way to prevent me from joining my team. Telling me to just sit and wait in limbo over things I can’t control, all the while doing everything right off the field is unfair and flat out wrong!!!”

This isn’t the first time he’s taken to Twitter to state his frustration. Last week, he had an exchange with Joe Briggs who is counsel for the NFLPA, and it wasn’t a pleasant one.

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Randy Gregory was obviously very frustrated with the NFL Players Association last week.Joe Briggs is staff counsel for the NFLPA. pic.twitter.com/rJUCl3b3dZ

The NFL altered their substance abuse policy back in March, eliminating suspensions for positive marijuana tests. Once that came about, the expectation was for Gregory to be back with the organization in no time, yet he’s still left wondering what the decision of his NFL fate will be.

Jori Epstein of USA Today Sports gave some insight about the current state of affairs involving Gregory according to a person with knowledge of his application:

“In May, Gregory met by video conference with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, a necessary step before he could be granted reinstatement. But the person said Gregory hasn’t been able to prove via testing he conforms with NFL policy on substances of abuse due to pandemic challenges. He’s expected to have access to that testing again this weekend, the person said.”

The last time Gregory was on the field in 2018, he showed signs of why the Cowboys drafted him in the second round in 2016. In 14 games (one start), he totaled 25 tackles, six sacks (second on the team), two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and 15 quarterback hits.

The hope is that Gregory can hopefully rejoin the Cowboys soon and start preparations for the upcoming season that’s set to kick off next month. When or if that will happen is unknown.

What do you think?

Matthew Lenix

Written by Matthew Lenix

I write dope stuff about the Dallas Cowboys and what not.

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  1. I was hoping and rooting Gregory would get himself straightened out, and maybe he has. I have commented about this a few times previously, wishing him good luck.

    But, now, I don’t particularly like this whining. YOU made this bed you’re lying in. YOU have been suspended FOUR TIMES. The Cowboys and the NFL have given you MULTIPLES opportunities and YOU HAVE FAILED them (and yourself) every time. So IMHO, you should be grateful that you may be getting YET ANOTHER CHANCE. And one would think the Cowboys have also been “frustrated” with YOU and YOUR past behavior.

    • I don’t see it as whining…. He’s pissed that they’re leaving him in the dark!! And quite frankly I would be too if I was in his shoes!! The only thing he was suspended for was failed drug tests for Marijuana, while Aldon Smith was suspended for Marijuana, drunk driving, and many other things, but he was reinstated almost instantly, and Randy Gregory is still sitting around waiting with no clue on what’s going on!! That’s not right!! I understand why he’s acting the way he is, I would be acting the same way if I was in his shoes!! They’re doing him dirty and it’s not right…. The least they can do is tell him something so he’s not in the dark on the whole situation!! And you wanna talk about how he should be grateful he may be getting another chance….. AGAIN…. He was only suspended over using Marijuana, which the NFL has changed the rules on, while Aldon Smith was suspend several times over Marijuana drunk driving and plenty of other things, but yet he’s already reinstated!! So IMHO Gregory should have been reinstated already and Aldon Smith should be the one sitting around wondering what’s going on!! Gregory was only suspended for something that’s pretty much legal now, so how is it fair that he’s not even being told anything, but somebody that’s done what Gregory did plus a lot of other stuff is already reinstated!?

  2. This is another example of The Commissioner’s continued prejudice against Cowboys players. They railroaded Zeke and this is another example of his prejudice. If Gregory was a Giant or an Eagle he’d be reinstated. He hates Jerry Jones and black Cowboys players are paying the price.

    • Zeke has a LONG history of BAD behavior. Suspending him may have been a good thing, as preventive maintenance to save him from a downward spiral.

      An example of this is ex NFL WR Chris Carter. Carter was a rising star with the Eagles in 1990. But after failing a test for cocaine use, the late Buddy Ryan cut him during pre-season. He was the team’s best WR. Carter then signed with Vikings, received the help he needed and has been alcohol and drug free ever since. That’s a success story. Carter credits Ryan with saving his life, not just his career.

      It’s apparent Zeke has some kind of behavioral issues. BTW, how exactly was he railroaded? And how does his race come into the equation. Is what you are trying to say is Goodell is racist?

      • Zeke was railroaded by getting a 6 game suspension for something he pretty much didn’t do!! They had no proof of it and the charges were dropped against him!! They had nothing on him but still suspended him for 6 games!! That’s how he was railroaded!! Not to mention the fact that another NFL player was caught doing the exact same thing and had video evidence showing him hitting and kicking a woman that was on the floor and only got suspended for 8 games!! So AGAIN, they had NOTHING on Zeke, but suspend him 6 games, while this other guy was on video beating and kicking the crap out of a woman who was already on the floor and they only suspend him for 8 games!! And there’s another thing to show that Zeke was railroaded!!

  3. Some people don’t understand the world of psychological problems and the ways of dealing with them. The individual suffering from the mental health issue is too often blamed. Gregory has used what is now a more widely accepted therapy to treat his condition. The NFL has finally come around to realize and accept it’s caveman mentality was wrong. Now, others need to do the same and stop blaming the victims with mental health issues. Let this man play the sport he loves!!!

  4. I’ve stated before that if the commissioner reinstates Josh Gordon he has to reinstate Randy Gregory ! With that said I believe In forgiveness and Second third chances! I truly hope RG gets his life together and even JG or any other young man that has let alcohol or drugs put their life on a path that leads to failure! There comes a time in life that you have to realize how much GOD has blessed you and grow up be a man and turn away from the things that will only ruin you! One other thought…… it’s a proven FACT that you can never get hooked on ANYTHING that you NEVER TRY!

  5. I agree the whining is a bad look. Shows poor judgement showing up the commish when trying to get reinstated. But Unless there is something we don’t know, what has Gregory done that was so unforgivable? Smoke weed? The NFL has already stopped making a big deal out of that, which apparently shows how benign it is considered now. Other players have committed much more serious crimes and been reinstated much sooner, including Aldon Smith (look up his rap sheet). Just don’t get it

  6. Why isn’t the Cowboy brass making noise about this? Did the Elliott episode scare them? Does Goodell “own” Jerry now? Their lack of noise is deafening!

  7. Good point VAM! I’m not sure Zeke is a bad guy but he was very young when he came into the league and just strikes me as really immature. He definately needed to be checked. For the before mentioned reasons I was apprehensive about signing him long term and still worry about his commitment to conditioning and staying out of trouble. Plus RBs tend to begin a slow descent going into 5th yr

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