Browns WR Gordon suspended for 2014 season

'I am very disappointed that the NFL and its hearing office didn't exercise better discretion and judgment in my case'
Associated Press
Aug 27, 2014

 

Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended the entire NFL season for another violation of the league's substance abuse policy.

The league announced Wednesday that arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld Gordon's suspension, which the Pro Bowler appealed. Gordon met with league officials in New York on Aug. 4 and he and the Browns had been patiently awaiting a resolution.

Gordon's suspension is effective immediately and he will have to apply for reinstatement following the season.Gordon is not allowed to practice with the team, attend meetings or other club functions.

Gordon served a two-game suspension for a drug violation.

"I'd like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans," Gordon said in a statement. "I am very disappointed that the NFL and its hearing office didn't exercise better discretion and judgment in my case. I would like to sincerely thank the people who have been incredibly supportive of me during this challenging time, including my family, my agent, my union, my legal team, and the Cleveland Browns staff."

The Browns have been waiting four months for a resolution to Gordon's case. The talented 23-year-old led the league with 1,646 yards receiving last season despite being banned for the first two games for a failed drug test. He became the first player in league history to record consecutive 200-yard games.

Gordon's loss is a crippling blow to Cleveland's offense, depriving the Browns of their best big-play threat. He averaged 18.9 yards per catch in 2013.

The Browns took a risk in selecting Gordon in the 2012 supplemental draft. He failed at least three drug tests in college for marijuana.

 

Comments

Skinny boy from...

He should of knocked his girlfriend flat out. That would have only gotten him a couple of games.

B0ttom Line

Correct. On camera too.

ghall62

Another rich spoil boy who got what he deserved......!

curious

This will just be another "excuse" for yet another losing season! They suck anyway!

whattheBucks

You're disappointed Josh ?? We as browns fans are very disappointed that with all the warnings and previous suspension, you continue to live that life style. Right is right, wrong is wrong, and rules are rules, you have a year to get smart.
Sincerely, a huge browns fan.

jibber jabber

There sure are a LOT of men that likes looking at the football players with there masculine muscular bodies in there nice Tight Spandex tight tights.

Hollie Newton

still don't understand why pot is illegal for football players. It's not like it's a performance enhancing drug... should get paid double for being high and STILL being such a good player

coasterfan

Considering Gordon had already been suspended 3x in college and once in the NFL for drug violations, I wonder if he wishes he had "exercised better judgement" this time. He does know that they test players for drugs, and that pot can be detected, correct?

downthemiddle

It must be very frustrating to be a jocksniffer and base your hopes and happiness on pro sports.

whattheBucks

Jocksniffer ??? Sounds ironic coming from someone named downthemiddle

downthemiddle

Nice comeback... But consider:

My comment touched 2 issues ..

1. Jocksniffers are those who live vicariously through or worship athletes regardless of their teams or sports.

2. And rabid sports fans who invest their entire beings into a particular team.

You apparently are both. I'll bet you still hate Modell.

"Ya shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you". Bob dylan. 1965

arnmcrmn

Illegal is illegal, like it or not. He has failed over and over again. Justified.

knowitall

Ya reap what ya sow.

puddin95

Don't forget the upcoming D.U.I. So I'm sure it will be longer.

puddin95

Don't forget the upcoming D.U.I. So I'm sure it will be longer.

puddin95

Don't forget the upcoming D.U.I. So I'm sure it will be longer.

sandtown born a...

Maybe he comsumed while in Colorado it's legal in Colorado so no crime commited

knowitall

So he can play when browns go to Denver!

Whiskey Tango F...

COME ON! He didn't inhale! Where's Al and Jesse? He said he was sorry! He'll never do it again!