The worst thing Collins could do was appeal the two games that the NFLPA negotiated with the NFL.
Dallas Cowboys right tackle, La’el Collins was suspended after attempting to bribe the clerk conducting the league’s drug test, sources told ESPN.
Players cannot be suspended for positive marijuana tests under the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, but the problem with Collins was that multiple tests were not conducted and he tried to bribe staff.
The NFL would initially suspend Collins five games for his actions, but the NFL Players Association, aware of the planned five-game suspension, helped negotiate a two-game reduction.
Collins, however, appealed the suspension and the appeal was heard by a referee appointed jointly by the league and the NFLPA. The authority not only rejected Collins’ appeal, but also ruled that, based on the evidence, the suspension should be increased to the original five games.
Collins’ attorney will appeal the referee’s decision, but league sources believe the suspension, which was announced Sept. 10, will not be lowered.
Both the NFL and the NFLPA declined to comment. this weekend when ESPN contacted them.
Collins served the first game of his suspension in Sunday’s win over the Los Angeles Chargers and will also miss the Monday Night Football showdown against rival Philadelphia Eagles.
He believed he had legitimate reasons for missing seven drug tests, one of which was scheduled for the day Cowboys strength and conditioning coach Markus Paul died. Collins missed another drug test the day of his uncle’s funeral.
Collins isn’t the first NFL player to try to circumvent the league’s drug testing policy. In 2013, the NFL suspended Denver Broncos star Von Miller six games after he was caught trying to corrupt the drug testing program with the help of a urine collector.
If his suspension is not reduced or lifted, Collins will be eligible to return to the roster until October 18, the day after the Cowboys play the New England Patriots.
The suspension will cost Collins approximately $ 2 million and, under the collective agreement, voids the warranty for injuries worth $ 6.48 million on his 2022 salary.
Collins has started 62 of the 63 games he has played for the Cowboys since 2015 as a left guard or right tackle. He missed 13 games in 2016 due to a toe injury and all of last season due to hip surgery.