Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott appeared in court on Friday to testify against accusations of bribery made against right tackle La’el Collins, who is fighting a five-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
Collins, 28, was suspended on Sept. 10 for missing seven drug tests and allegedly trying to bribe the league’s test collector. The league said during Friday’s hearing that the person who collects the tests noted last November that Collins asked to meet with him “man to man,” adding that he felt he was “being tested too much.”
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Collins, a reporter claims, asked Collins to tell him if there was anything “we could do” during the conversation. He later offered $10,000 and $5,000 respectively.
Prescott was requested to testify in the matter of his relation with the collector. The name Roy was used in court records.
“I’ve always messed with Roy,” he said, via USA TodayRoy sort of laughed at it and accepted it the way it was. He joked. And as I would say, Roy, I mean, wants to be everybody’s friend in a sense.”
Prescott was directly asked about the bribery accusations, but denied having any knowledge.
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“No, I never heard from La’el or anybody ever think about something like that.”
Prescott answered “No” when asked whether he had ever seen Collins wearing such a large sum of money. Yes. It is not.
Although the NFLPA initially offered to help negotiate a two-game suspension, Collins appealed. An arbitrator was appointed by the Players Association and the league. He reinstated the penalty following evidence of bribery.
He is now appealing that ruling based on his claim that there were circumstances excusing him from some tests, including his uncle’s funeral and the death of Cowboys strength coach Markus Paul last November.
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Peter Schaffer (a player agent for Collins) strongly denies the accusations of corruption against Collins. Collins was still recovering from hip surgery and wasn’t playing in 2020.
He allegedly offered to bribe a collector, but not giving any money. This was in order for him to ignore a negative test. Schaffer said. Schaffer said, “No witnesses. No nothing. He was wearing a T-shirt, shorts and crutches. What is the best way to bribe someone?
This report was contributed by The Associated Press.
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