As we detailed on Friday, now-suspended Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Mike Pennel had to screw up multiple times to get to this point. That point is a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
It was announced that Dallas Cowboys linebacker Randy Gregory was also suspended four games, on Friday. Unlike Pennel’s situation, where no details of the infraction or the substance came out, Ian Rapoport did report some of the details of what got Gregory banned.
The list isn’t exactly short.
Per @NFL drug policy, Randy Gregory failed 4 tests. 1st at combine — in the program. Then 2-gm fine, then 4-gm fine, then 4-gm suspension
Gregory failed four tests.
Did Pennel fail four tests?
He could have. At the very least, he missed tests or otherwise violated the terms of the substance abuse program he was in.
It’s hard to grasp how someone could take their NFL career so lightly. We can only conclude that either Pennel isn’t too bright or he has a real problem.
Hopefully, this is a wake-up call.