Given the recent rash of suspensions due to failed drug tests in the Dallas Cowboys organization, it’s unsurprising that the Jones’s have a unique stance on the NFL’s marijuana policy.
“Well, our system, our testing, has been in place for years and not unlike we do in our organization . . . we always look to see how we can do it better,” Stephen Jones said. “I think Jerry’s opinion, my opinion, is this program, this system has been in place for a long time. I think it needs to be heavily scrutinized in terms of its results.”
Jones doesn’t underestimate the importance of keeping players clean. He supports having policies and programs in place to keep players accountable but feels the age of the current system leads to severe inaccuracies in testing. Jones wants the current system to be reviewed to be more player friendly.
“Is it helping players in terms of their accountability? And, obviously, addiction is a sickness and you want to make sure — obviously, there’s accountability, but it’s also a program that helps players get better. I think personally, I know Jerry and I think that it might could be done better and we just need to take a look at it. Like I said, it’s been the same program that’s been in place for many, many years and I think all things to do with the NFL, we should all want the very best for our players. We should want the very best for our organizations and we should want the very best for our fans, and that’s anything that has to do with the NFL,” stated Jones.
“In my opinion, we should take a long hard look at how we’re doing this and see if there’s a way, a better way to do it. What that is, I don’t have the answer,” Jones declared. “But we have a lot of smart people that can get in there and analyze something and really make some good decisions and see if there need to be changes.”
Jones sees the biggest need is to not only re-examine the system, but thoroughly investigate every aspect of how the system works in hopes that it will improve the game overall. It’s not just the testing itself, but the repercussions and discipline handed out by the NFL that concerns him as well.
“You know, I think it should be a part of what’s looked at,” Jones said. “When you re-look at the whole program, I think you should take a look at every aspect of it. From the testing to the discipline to the amounts, anything to do with this. At the end of the day our goal should be to help players who have sicknesses and addictions and make them better people off the field, and then how we go about that I think is what needs to be looked at and make sure we’re doing everything the best way we can do it. Obviously, when you look at something like that you have to look at, ‘How do we do it in society right now? How does that affect the way a player sees his situation in that lens?’ And then make decisions based on that.”