Randy Gregory Files Lawsuit Against NFL and Broncos Over $500K Fines for THC Use

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Randy Gregory, now playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has filed a lawsuit against the NFL and the Denver Broncos, alleging discrimination over being fined $532,500 for using medication containing THC to treat his disabilities during his time in Denver.

In the complaint filed in Arapahoe County District Court, the 31-year-old pass-rusher stated that he was prescribed Dronabinol for social anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorders but was denied accommodations to use that medicine. While the NFL no longer suspends players for THC use, it remains a banned substance subject to fines.

The lawsuit claims that Gregory, who was diagnosed with social anxiety disorder in 2021 and post-traumatic stress disorder in February 2023, was denied the use of Dronabinol during non-work hours by the Broncos and the NFL. Despite his agent’s request for a therapeutic use exemption being denied, Gregory continued to test positive for THC, resulting in fines totaling $532,500 since March 2023.

The complaint argues that the league and the club’s refusal to provide accommodations to Gregory for his disabilities is discriminatory under Colorado law. Gregory, a former second-round draft pick of the Cowboys, has faced suspensions in the past for violating the NFL’s drug policies.

Having played for Dallas and Denver before signing with the Buccaneers this spring, Gregory seeks to challenge the fines imposed on him for using medication to manage his mental health conditions.

The NFL and the Broncos have declined to comment on Gregory’s lawsuit as the legal proceedings unfold. This case sheds light on the intersection of player health, league policies, and the ongoing debate surrounding the use of medical marijuana in professional sports.