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Report: Josh Gordon facing suspension after marijuana test

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Well, so much for the optimism generated in Cleveland by the drafting of Johnny Manziel.

According to a report from ESPN.com’s T.J. Quinn and Don Van Natta Jr., Browns receiver Josh Gordon could be facing a year-long suspension after failing a test for marijuana.

Gordon was suspended two games and fined two additional game checks last year, saying that test was the result of codeine-based cough syrup. But the report says that this punishment would stem from a failed marijuana test, and that he received a letter from the league telling him he faced a 16-game suspension but had the right to appeal. Gordon has a track record with marijuana suspensions from his days at Baylor as well.

Reached by phone Friday afternoon, Gordon told ESPN: “That’s something you’re going to have to talk to [agent] Drew Rosenhaus about. I really don’t know anything about it.”

Asked about an appeal, Gordon said, “I’m going to have to find out about that later. You need to call Drew,” before hanging up.

Rosenhaus declined comment but said the information was “not true.”

Gordon had 87 catches for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns last year, and would have ostensibly been a big part of the reason for some optimism in Cleveland.

But as usual, that seems to be short-lived.

 

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123 Responses to “Report: Josh Gordon facing suspension after marijuana test”
  1. thewiseowloftruth says: May 9, 2014 6:21 PM

    Listen, debate and complain all you want about how marijuana is less harmful than alcohol is and how it should be legal, etc. But the bottom line is that the NFL, Gordon’s employer, has banned its use; therefore, until that ban is lifted, he has a responsibility like everyone else to abide by the rules. He didn’t.

  2. jh500 says: May 9, 2014 6:21 PM

    its a shame he cant stay out of trouble because this kid is loaded with talent.

  3. classyjacklambert says: May 9, 2014 6:21 PM

    The browns have no luck at all

  4. pdubs212 says: May 9, 2014 6:22 PM

    Let’s wait to hear the whole story, but if true, what a waste of talent.

  5. dickshotdogs says: May 9, 2014 6:22 PM

    Million dollar talent, ten cent head.

  6. 49erfan44 says: May 9, 2014 6:22 PM

    Idiot.

  7. thegregwitul says: May 9, 2014 6:22 PM

    Factory of Sadness could offer the Bills a few number one picks for Sammy Watkins.

  8. redgonewild says: May 9, 2014 6:23 PM

    The NFL is a joke…stop suspending guys for cannabis

  9. that's the best linebacker i've seen since Joe Montana says: May 9, 2014 6:23 PM

    Why do we care if athletes use marijuana?

    16 games would be ridiculous

  10. robgilman says: May 9, 2014 6:23 PM

    He was definitely stoned in his NFL network interview recently. I was thinking that when i watched it.

    Still, I disagree with the league rules. Who cares

  11. hogdropalogonbigd says: May 9, 2014 6:23 PM

    Poor Cleveland. Can’t catch a break.

  12. mypercyhurts2 says: May 9, 2014 6:23 PM

    Timing is everything.

  13. 80sbroncofan says: May 9, 2014 6:23 PM

    Factory of sadness reopens

  14. briscocountyjr says: May 9, 2014 6:23 PM

    Why is cannabis even still illegal.. I mean really? Are we still in the dark ages or what?

  15. thevikesarebest says: May 9, 2014 6:24 PM

    That’s laughable.you get Johnny the bust manziel and we get get future pro bowler teddy bridge water.now you have no wrs.we lol @ the cleveland clowns.SKOL

  16. cadillacjosh says: May 9, 2014 6:24 PM

    Man. I just feel so bad for you Cleveland fans.

    On the other hand, if it’s marijuana, get over it NFL. It’s getting more and more legal. It’s much more safe for an NFL player to roll a joint and sit in his room, instead of getting drunk somewhere and driving home.

  17. bennyb82 says: May 9, 2014 6:24 PM

    Well that changes things…

  18. eblurb37 says: May 9, 2014 6:24 PM

    OMG, From Euphoria to Depression in 24 hours!

  19. godsmacked1 says: May 9, 2014 6:24 PM

    …and the Cleveland Browns select Marqise Lee, WR, USC.

  20. jirashon says: May 9, 2014 6:25 PM

    What a shame to a team that had a great night in the first round. Marqise is waiting for them.

  21. andreweac says: May 9, 2014 6:25 PM

    Clown move alert!

  22. kingpel says: May 9, 2014 6:25 PM

    It is 2014. He should be able to wriggle free from this by manipulating the system to his advantage. It is never the player’s fault.

  23. dickshotdogs says: May 9, 2014 6:25 PM

    And he wanted to play with Marqise Lee. I think you’ll be playing in my backyard with me and Blackmon. All I have is Steveweiser’s, though. Hope that’s okay? SMH

  24. billsbackto81 says: May 9, 2014 6:25 PM

    As a Bills fan whose team just swapped picks with Cleveland to grab the top WR prospect since Calvin Johnson, all I can say is…..LOL!

    I’d like to thank the NFL drug testing board for waiting a day to announce the news.

  25. ctiggs says: May 9, 2014 6:25 PM

    I can’t believe some one outside of my own aldon smith would be this stupid.

  26. patriotsarespygaters says: May 9, 2014 6:25 PM

    lol now he can concentrate FULLTIME on his GM job

  27. Umbra Aeternus says: May 9, 2014 6:26 PM

    Big day, bad day for the Brownies. Its so easy to cheer for them to get something.
    They are like the sad lil boy on the corner of the room. You just want him to be happy.
    I hope they still can kick the Bungals and Ratbirds.

  28. jimfix says: May 9, 2014 6:26 PM

    cleveland.

  29. santoryu64 says: May 9, 2014 6:26 PM

    Welcome to Cleveland, Johnny.

  30. goodtogo28 says: May 9, 2014 6:26 PM

    i bet cleveland regrets trading down from forth overall. they could’ve had watson or evans. cleveland fans just can’t catch a break.

  31. jonnykintzele says: May 9, 2014 6:26 PM

    Later Cleveland try again next year

  32. z561 says: May 9, 2014 6:26 PM

    Who is a bigger waste of talent, Gordon or Blackmon?

  33. chawk12thman says: May 9, 2014 6:27 PM

    Crazy; He had to know he was being tested as he is in the program.

    If the team knew; why not keep their #25 and take WR Watkins? Not sure I like their moves as much as I did last night.

  34. hjb99992013 says: May 9, 2014 6:27 PM

    as a Bills fan I suggest they should have drafted Watkins…would have better for both the Bills and Browns

    Both these franchises would be on the Mount Rushmore for the dumbest sport organizations of all time

  35. jiggy3198 says: May 9, 2014 6:27 PM

    And to think they could have had Watkins now there is nobody to throw too. Such a sad organization.

  36. zsking1 says: May 9, 2014 6:27 PM

    He posted a pic on instagram a couple of weeks ago that featured weed leaves tattooed on his back. Goodell must be following him

  37. coloradofort says: May 9, 2014 6:27 PM

    Legal in Colorado:)………keeping it simple a mile high

  38. champunkind says: May 9, 2014 6:27 PM

    Why would the NFL wait until now to reveal this information? Why would ESPN suddenly break it? Right after the Browns have a great draft night? I hate conspiracy theories and theorists, but this is a little ridiculous not to believe someone is trying to pull something here. What did Cleveland ever do to the NFL and ESPN to deserve this?

  39. dtownsportslions says: May 9, 2014 6:27 PM

    Why waste your career on buds. Just drink.

  40. goodtogo28 says: May 9, 2014 6:27 PM

    sorry meant to say watkins not watson and no i’m not high.

  41. whitemike55 says: May 9, 2014 6:28 PM

    You can’t fix stupid! Just cost himself MILLIONS! Ohhhhh the things I would do to be in his position.

    Guess now the Browns can trade up to #33 overall and get Marqisee Lee.

  42. mf7krime says: May 9, 2014 6:28 PM

    Straight pumping out sadness on an industrial scale.

  43. jimnaizeeum says: May 9, 2014 6:28 PM

    I smoked a lot of weed when I was young, then I got a job that tested for it…I quit smoking.
    Not a real hard decision

  44. longsufferingkcfan says: May 9, 2014 6:28 PM

    You have to feel bad for Browns fans, especially after such an exciting day for them yesterday. the Factory of Sadness has just increased production.

  45. RG3D says: May 9, 2014 6:28 PM

    This punishes the fans too! I want to see Josh Gordon play.. I don’t give a crap if he smokes weed. I don’t smoke it and I’m a Redskins fan!

  46. rohlo says: May 9, 2014 6:28 PM

    this will bring in the first defesne of i was in the state of colorado/washington and it is not illegal there.. many had predicted this would open the can of worms ….sooner or later leagues are gonna have drop marijuana from the banned list…it will basically become the same thing as alcohol .. now the lean/coedine is a whole different story

  47. mswravens says: May 9, 2014 6:28 PM

    Typical Cleveland…they trade down instead of taking a dynamic playmaker (Watkins) to grab a corner that can’t tackle…& then trade up to grab a QB who will make more headlines than completions…but their fans bite….again (Couch, Quinn, Weeden, Trent Richardson, etc…) …at least Gordon is making quick work of the good feelings instead of having to suffer for another whole season of unmet expectations…

  48. 5150cd says: May 9, 2014 6:28 PM

    I agree with most posters, marijuana should be legalized.

    However, if you’re making millions of dollars and one of the stipulations to that is you can’t smoke marijuana, yet you still choose to, you’re a complete fool and should be removed from the gene pool.

  49. imthedudedude says: May 9, 2014 6:28 PM

    Marijauana ain’t a drug.

  50. thepftpoet says: May 9, 2014 6:29 PM

    The Factory of Sadness always finds a way to dissapoint.

    It’s really irrelevant though.

    The Vikings are winning the Super Bowl this year regardless.

    And Teddy Bridgewater is a top 5 QB already.

  51. puckthefatriots says: May 9, 2014 6:29 PM

    At least Trent Richardson doesn’t smoke dope. Just another chapter to the Factory of Sadness.

  52. stoptrippn says: May 9, 2014 6:29 PM

    What a full fledge idiot

  53. nfl4days says: May 9, 2014 6:30 PM

    So when are we gonna start suspending regular alcohol drinkers and players who regularly take pain killers?

  54. bengalguy says: May 9, 2014 6:30 PM

    Lol. YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME! Is there a constant cloud of crap hanging over Cleveland

  55. laboni64 says: May 9, 2014 6:30 PM

    So remind me how the Browns fleeced the Bills again?

  56. steelerstrong says: May 9, 2014 6:30 PM

    Ah Cleveland. One step forward. More than two steps back. Actually feel sorry for their fans.

  57. purpleguy says: May 9, 2014 6:30 PM

    Because Cleveland.

  58. gomybirdsgo says: May 9, 2014 6:31 PM

    Young man, smoking pot is bad thus illegal. Here have these perks instead ………. America kinda sucks

  59. timmons94 says: May 9, 2014 6:31 PM

    Can u say moron…… He is like a cat. Instead of 9 lives. Insert failed drug tests. 3 in college. 2 in pros. Way to go josh.. Moron

  60. bhagos2 says: May 9, 2014 6:31 PM

    Can the browns fans get a refund with the 1500 season tickets they just sold yesterday? You’re usually okay within 7 days as long as it’s still in the original packaging

  61. abqhawk says: May 9, 2014 6:32 PM

    And with the 35th pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns select .

  62. cornellsteelers says: May 9, 2014 6:32 PM

    I hope the Browns enjoyed their 20 hours of optimism. It’s all they’re going to get for the forseeable future.

  63. schmitty2 says: May 9, 2014 6:32 PM

    I’m thinking the Browns just changed their draft board.

  64. gary2525 says: May 9, 2014 6:32 PM

    I bet they r kicking there selves now for passing on Watkins

  65. ceejayb says: May 9, 2014 6:32 PM

    Because we all know a joint if more dangerous than football….

  66. remyje says: May 9, 2014 6:33 PM

    the browns being the browns

  67. warhammer420 says: May 9, 2014 6:33 PM

    Meanwhile countless players are poisoning themselves with pain killers like Vicodin, and no one cares. Stop with the witch hunt! Weed is a safe and effective pain reliever when used properly.

  68. dtp1056 says: May 9, 2014 6:33 PM

    The dichotomy of the Browns is unbelievable…Just when we start having things looking up, we get torn right back down. Should not penalize a guy for what he does with HIS offseason. If he shows up to camp clean is all that should matter. The fact that they even test for pot is neanderthal.

  69. smitty113 says: May 9, 2014 6:33 PM

    Amusing. Men living in a peanut butter castle in Mom’s basement wondering why grass is not legal in the NFL or outside of Colorado. The same people who think that wealth is luck and that you deserve my money, homes or assets. No one is responsible for your lack or work in high school or overall poor decision making but you. People that don’t get it don’t get that they don’t get it. Now let me nap I have to work on Monday. Some Lazy people on welfare are depending on me.

  70. 49erfan44 says: May 9, 2014 6:34 PM

    Maybe LeBron can play wideout?

  71. mypercyhurts2 says: May 9, 2014 6:34 PM

    You guys need to understand that the 2 Super Bowl teams are from the only 2 states where pot is legal. It is OBVIOUSLY Performance Enhancing.

  72. realhaley says: May 9, 2014 6:34 PM

    For a few million dollars this guy doesn’t have the self control to put down the sticky?

  73. raymondtx says: May 9, 2014 6:34 PM

    DOH!

    signed, Cleveland.

  74. skins2357 says: May 9, 2014 6:34 PM

    Trade up with skins for Lee. We need more picks

  75. motown81 says: May 9, 2014 6:35 PM

    With the fourth pick the Cleveland Browns, oops, Buffalo Bills choose Sammy Watkins.

  76. TheDPR says: May 9, 2014 6:35 PM

    It has been said. Whether the rule is a bad one or a good one, every player is aware of it. You can be a multi-million dollar professional athlete, OR you can smoke weed. Not both at the exact same time. Try it, and pay the price.

  77. reif99 says: May 9, 2014 6:35 PM

    So … if marijuana isn’t a problem for people, why is it they can’t stop using it even though they are risking millions of dollars to do so?

  78. laxer37 says: May 9, 2014 6:35 PM

    Josh Gordon chose to break his employer’s rules. He’s clearly the victim here.

  79. clashpoint says: May 9, 2014 6:36 PM

    Even as a Steelers fan, I’m sorry to hear this. The Browns and their fans deserve better. Y’all just can’t get a break.

  80. nfcrulz says: May 9, 2014 6:37 PM

    Wow from Euphoria to Depression

  81. tvjules says: May 9, 2014 6:38 PM

    Way to hand over Sammy Watkins.

  82. aldavismustdie1108 says: May 9, 2014 6:39 PM

    DPR…puhlease the guys been lighting up since college. it obviously isnt inhibiting his play. this rule is archaic.

  83. Lord Oswald Bupkis III says: May 9, 2014 6:39 PM

    Some guys will never get it.

  84. st1llerz1 says: May 9, 2014 6:40 PM

    Marqise Lee…Ray Farmer on Line 1.

    Josh Gordon…Celebrity Rehab on Line 2.

    The clowns are going to have to hope they get the Marqise Lee from two years ago. Otherwise Johnny Busto is going to be lobbing footballs to himself.

    Can’t wait to see the little dude get lined up by an NFL DE or Linebacker on one of those Tinkerbell spins…

    The City of Sorrow keeps churning out the hits!

    GO STEELERS!

  85. thetooloftools says: May 9, 2014 6:41 PM

    Couldn’t happen at a better time. At least we know what we need to go after now. This was only a matter of time before this went down.
    It’s just beyond stupid seeing how it’s not a P.E.D.

  86. phillyfanyoo says: May 9, 2014 6:41 PM

    This is ridiculous. Why even test for marijuana anymore. It’s basically legal now. This will kill Gordon’s career, for something so minuscule. I know he had a bad rap before but damn this sucks. I’m hoping he’ll beat this. It’s not as bad as a DUI.

  87. flaccounibrow says: May 9, 2014 6:41 PM

    This just in Cleveland offers their #1, the Bills #1 for 2015, and their #1 in 2016 to trade back for Watkins. What a joke of a franchise.

  88. reptar310 says: May 9, 2014 6:42 PM

    Classic Cleveland.

  89. 4512dawg4512 says: May 9, 2014 6:43 PM

    His two game suspension last year basically buried Weedens career as a quarterback, and now this? I know testing for pot is ridiculous but C’mon man!!! You know the rules!

  90. sean222 says: May 9, 2014 6:45 PM

    Now I don’t want to hear any more study’s that show marijuana is not addicting. It is so addicting that athletes give up millions of dollars to smoke it. They give up on their team to party with it. They give up on their fans to feel painless for a few hours. They give up their future to have a cloudy mind. The definition of addiction.

  91. ravensbob says: May 9, 2014 6:46 PM

    Andre Rison just got on a treadmill……lol.

  92. craigkintexas says: May 9, 2014 6:46 PM

    It is called dope for a reason.

  93. fordmandalay says: May 9, 2014 6:47 PM

    Man, that must be some REALLY good weed if all these guys are willing to give up years of their careers and millions of dollars rather than just stop smoking for the few years of their careers.

  94. jolink653 says: May 9, 2014 6:48 PM

    You really can’t fix stupid. How could he possibly mess this up

  95. jimthebuilder27 says: May 9, 2014 6:50 PM

    Use marijauna, one year suspension.

    Get two DUIs, have a felony weapons charge, and talk about having a bomb on an aircraft, you get an attaboy from Roger Goodell.

    That’s just how the NFL rolls.

  96. pittsburghdamned says: May 9, 2014 6:51 PM

    blah blah blah legalize it blah blah it’s harmless blah blah

    I’ve never met a stoner who wasn’t a complete idiot.

  97. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain says: May 9, 2014 6:51 PM

    Factory of Sadness, still going strong.

  98. victoreviking says: May 9, 2014 6:51 PM

    Title should read…”Josh Gordon no longer a Brown”

  99. rupp246 says: May 9, 2014 6:53 PM

    Can’t believe team didn’t know this was going down before the draft. If they did, they are pretty stupid for not taking Watkins . Oh yeah, I forgot where taking about Cleveland

  100. flannlv says: May 9, 2014 6:55 PM

    Factory of Sadness. It never ends.

  101. jeepguy14 says: May 9, 2014 6:58 PM

    LOL @ NFL. Test positive for marijuana = season long ban. Get popped for domestic violence = 4 game suspension reduced to zero after appeal. I don’t get it.

  102. rajbais says: May 9, 2014 7:01 PM

    If you need a WR, this is your draft.

    You gained picks from other teams. Use them to get pass catchers ASAP!!!

  103. Slim Charles says: May 9, 2014 7:02 PM

    Oh my god. It’s just weed. The NFL is a joke.

  104. douchebigelow says: May 9, 2014 7:04 PM

    Darwin was right

  105. jerrykill4pres says: May 9, 2014 7:05 PM

    This just stinks.

    Why is it, so many NFL, MLB, and NBA players feel it’s ok to smoke dope, juice up, and do things they shouldn’t do, and break so many laws? When they know these things are illegal! It’s just stupid! Why waste the talent that you have just to smoke up?

    Saddens me to see so many people waste so much God given talent.

  106. godofwine330 says: May 9, 2014 7:08 PM

    Damn, man. I just heard. I cannot believe this. What a dummy. I remember when I was in the Navy there were guys who were in 15-18 years getting popped for weed and coke and you looked at them like, “Really?” You throw your career away for drugs, man? Really?”

    I’m hoping as a Browns fan that there is more to this, maybe contact and not actually smoking it, maybe trace elements, but even still I wouldn’t have that stuff around me knowing that I was a slip away from a year suspension. Damn. This is just baffling. He is a dummy and I’m being easy on him with that word.

  107. trav3911 says: May 9, 2014 7:09 PM

    If I was in Cleveland, I’d be doing drugs too.

  108. zo121179 says: May 9, 2014 7:11 PM

    LOL

  109. drewzducks says: May 9, 2014 7:12 PM

    Just say “I didn’t inhale”. I’ve heard it’s worked for people of lower character than Gordon.

  110. Pump&Quiver says: May 9, 2014 7:13 PM

    What an idiot

  111. mrtrappedinmymindsr says: May 9, 2014 7:16 PM

    What else is there to do in Cleveland but smoke weed?

  112. mogogo1 says: May 9, 2014 7:17 PM

    He knows absolutely nothing about the league sending him a letter telling him he’s going to be suspended for a full season? He might want to look into that, though I’m sure he is REALLY busy.

  113. flyinghighphil says: May 9, 2014 7:27 PM

    COME ON MAN. You can’t be serious.The whole season for smoking a joint? That is so unfair especially since its no longer a secret that weed is much safer, and healthier. Than alcohol,or the prescription drugs the N.F.L. Pumps down players throats. Do the right thing Goodell take marijuana off the banned list. (This is one change to the game. Iam sure everyone will approve of. To penalize not only the player, but the team, and the fans for a player smoking a harmless weed is a joke.

  114. chiadam says: May 9, 2014 7:31 PM

    Didn’t he technically pass the marijuana test?

  115. rekroot says: May 9, 2014 7:42 PM

    A lot of money was lost today due to outdated policies that have created unnatural market forces. NFL’s business model for punishing marihuana smokers makes the NFL the laughing stock of big business. Markets need to be free and competition needs to be fair.

  116. Vim says: May 9, 2014 7:45 PM

    I don’t think it matters. The Brownies Brass knew this was coming down the pipe, and that is why they picked a running QB.

  117. wisconsinhillfolk says: May 9, 2014 7:49 PM

    Pathetic.

  118. clashpoint says: May 9, 2014 9:36 PM

    Just for grins and giggles I’d like to point out that marijuana is NOT a performance enhancing drug. Quite the opposite. It’s a pizza enhancing drug.

  119. mfrizzle says: May 9, 2014 10:10 PM

    That’s a Brown move, bro.

  120. ufgrad2007 says: May 10, 2014 4:30 PM

    Well, it’s a good thing Johnny can scramble.

  121. piratehookerfrombootybay says: May 11, 2014 9:54 AM

    For those that think marijuana is the devil (in mrs Boucher voice) Check out rick Simpsons (phoenix tears) Run From The Cure.

  122. BigAlHeBDMan says: May 15, 2014 12:21 PM

    As that great philosopher Forest Gump once said: “Stupid is as stupid does”.

  123. hopelessinseattle says: May 16, 2014 2:51 PM

    Selfish jerk, can’t stay out of the bud long enough to help his teammates.

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