The NFL and the Pittsburgh Steelers are considering whether they should impose a $100-million fine on the Oakland Raiders for using marijuana in the past and whether they could be punished by the league for using the drug, sources told NFL Network’s Albert Breer.
The league and Raiders had previously reached an agreement to address the use of marijuana in games, which had been suspended pending an investigation by the NFL’s Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Policy Advisory Committee.
A settlement was reached earlier this month.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Raiders owner Mark Davis said the Raiders will “not be going anywhere.”
“I think we’re in the middle of a very significant investigation,” he said.
“I don’t want to comment on what the investigation will come to, but I think there’s been a lot of progress.
It’s a matter of getting to the truth of it.”
In a statement, the Raiders said: “We are confident that the NFL and our owners will continue to fully cooperate with the NFLPA on any potential resolution of the issue and continue to work closely with the league to address any lingering issues.”
The NFL’s Policy Advisory Commission released a report in August that recommended that the league suspend the Raiders for three games for using illegal drugs in the 2016 regular season and a year for failing to report marijuana use by players.
Raiders owner Jed York, who is also an NFL executive, has previously said that he supports the NFL going after pot use.
He and other Raiders owners in 2016 also were ordered to pay $1.2 million in back-pay and fines after the league said they violated the league’s substance abuse policy by using illegal substances in the locker room.