NFL News of July 15, 2004

Oakland Raiders linemen Chris Cooper and Barret Robbins and former teammate Dana Stubblefield were fined three game checks and face “reasonable-cause” drug testing for the rest of their careers in a settlement arising from the players’ positive tests for a designer steroid.

The settlement, announced Wednesday, was reached before a disciplinary hearing scheduled this week and after months of discussions between the league and theNFL Players Association. The three players also would be subject to an eight-game suspension for any future violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy, the league said in a prepared statement.

—Dennis Georgatos, The Mercury News “Two Raiders, former teammate punished in drug case”

Cooper played for five teams between 2001 – 2010, beginning and ending his career with the Raiders.

Robbins was a Pro Bowl center in 2002, but then disappeared the day before the Super Bowl and was left off the roster for the game. Following the incident, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He rejoined the team for the 2003 season, but was released in the summer 2004 following this failed drug test.

Barret was arrested December 24, 2004, for punching a security guard. On January 15, 2005, he was shot three times during an altercation with police. He was found with crack-cocaine in 2010 and sentenced to five years in jail for this offense in 2011.

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