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Josh Gordon already is in Stage 3 of the substance-abuse program

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When it comes to the potential suspension of Browns receiver Josh Gordon, not much is known.  But clarity finally has been achieved on one key point regarding Gordon’s status.

As explained by Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer during a Tuesday visit to PFT Live, Gordon was in Stage 3 of the substance-abuse program at the time of his most recent alleged violation.

The highest level of the program, Stage 3 happens only after multiple violations of the policy.  Under the terms of the policy, the player remains in Stage 3 for the rest of his career.  The league may test him up to 10 times per month; he has the ability to make an annual request to have the frequency of the testing reduced.

Gordon’s current predicament may have resulted from a positive test or some other violation of the policy.  Either way, the policy provides that a violation results in a banishment for a minimum of one year.

Regardless of whether Gordon can avoid a suspension or negotiate a shorter ban, he continues to be one strike away from the kind of violation that could knock him out for a full season.  By getting himself so close to a one-year suspension less than two years after arriving in Cleveland via the supplemental draft, it’s hard not to think that a one-year suspension is inevitable.

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44 Responses to “Josh Gordon already is in Stage 3 of the substance-abuse program”
  1. touchdownroddywhite says: May 28, 2014 9:54 AM

    Let the kid play. Ridiculous.

  2. imthaschmidt says: May 28, 2014 9:56 AM

    If this guy played in Denver or Seattle would this even matter?

  3. ratbirdking says: May 28, 2014 9:58 AM

    Dude is a monster. Hate him as a raven. Loved him as a fantasy player.

    Hope he gets it together. Those stats last season were crazy considering the QBs dumping to him.

  4. clownsfan says: May 28, 2014 10:02 AM

    Gordon MISSED a scheduled test. Won’t get a year long suspension.

  5. bengalguy says: May 28, 2014 10:04 AM

    Kinda Funny:
    The Clowns have Gordon be suspended, the Ratbirds have all they’re RB’s headed for a date w/ Goodell that will lead to @ least 4 game suspensions. And the Squealers QB is upset because he thinks (correctly might I add) that his franchise has list they’re edge on drafting & thats why the franchise has struggled for 3+ years.
    Yet those Cincinnati Bengals just keep plugging along amassing wins & AFC NORTH titles. Ain’t life grand. LMAO

  6. raiderufan says: May 28, 2014 10:05 AM

    I realize that it’s part of the policy so burning a doob is just foolish but….if your system attacks and removes players that smoke weed for full seasons it should just as harshly punish those that knock women unconcious and drag them around hotels. On Camera.

    If it doesn’t your system is flawed. Severely.

  7. jjb0811 says: May 28, 2014 10:08 AM

    If him & Blackmon go for a year, so should the Colts owner.

  8. uglydingo says: May 28, 2014 10:20 AM

    If Cleveland GM knew that Gordon was facing massive suspension, why didn’t they draft a top WR?

  9. discountdoublecheck says: May 28, 2014 10:20 AM

    Absolutely zero sympathy for this idiot. Seems to be determined to waste his talent and throw away his career.

    Shame because together with Manziel he could’ve made for some very exciting football.

  10. solidmarine says: May 28, 2014 10:21 AM

    At least Ray Rice gets to play, AMIRITE?

  11. lbcoach34 says: May 28, 2014 10:25 AM

    I realize that it’s part of the policy so burning a doob is just foolish but….if your system attacks and removes players that smoke weed for full seasons it should just as harshly punish those that knock women unconcious and drag them around hotels. On Camera.

    FIX IT

  12. flushdownmikebrown says: May 28, 2014 10:29 AM

    Hes an idiot. Rules are rules. You make millions to play a sport….. follow the policy and rules regardless of it you like them or not.

  13. mancave001 says: May 28, 2014 10:31 AM

    You want to criticize the NFL’s marijuana policy? Fine. I’m all for changing it. But until then, it is what it is. This guy is going to get a solid year-long ban.

  14. hawkstradamus says: May 28, 2014 10:33 AM

    It’s time for the league to take a post Nixon era view on marajuana.

  15. daburgher says: May 28, 2014 10:35 AM

    Those condemning josh Gordon need to get real. Please remove the stick from your butts

  16. mustangbryk says: May 28, 2014 10:39 AM

    The guys was not even in the country when they wanted him to take a test. You just can’t hop on a plane at a drop of a hat when your not in the US. The league rules are rules but come on missing a test while on vacation is crazy. Last thing i want is to here from work when im on vacation. These guys have private lives as well.

  17. ballboy48 says: May 28, 2014 10:47 AM

    There is talk that he didn’t fail a drug test, rather that he missed it on accident because his agent didn’t tell him about it.

  18. ravenswhat says: May 28, 2014 10:54 AM

    In other words, given his inability to be clean…his career is effectively over. Hey Gordon, GROW UP.

  19. 1rockyracoon says: May 28, 2014 10:59 AM

    The NFLPA agreed to the conditions of banned substances. Don’t compare Gordon’s situation to anyone else’s. He is a repeat offender and knew the consequences of his actions. Every Ayer in the league is responsible to follow the rules.

  20. arkadyrenko says: May 28, 2014 11:00 AM

    “Gordon was in Stage 3 of the substance-abuse program at the time of his most recent alleged violation.

    The highest level of the program, Stage 3 happens only after multiple violations of the policy.”

    Now he’ll be put on Double-Secret Stage 3™.

  21. r8rsfan says: May 28, 2014 11:16 AM

    He has literally watched his career go up in smoke.

  22. chrisbr215 says: May 28, 2014 11:22 AM

    So many people bashing this man for smoking pot which is absolutely without a doubt the safest drug any NFL player can consume. Most of you people are part of the problem in this country where the most dangerous drugs can be purchased legally at a pharmacy while smoking plant matter can get you in a substance abuse program or incarcerated. The NFL is about to get sued for how doped up they let players get on painkillers and all you can complain about is a guy who prefers to deal with the pain by smoking a plant. You have guys that are dealing with kidney failure from ingesting painkilles before each game for several years and yet you find fault in a guy that smoked a plant which causes you to relax and get the munchies. How does that make sense to anyone regardless if you smoke or not?

  23. ronketonk says: May 28, 2014 11:23 AM

    I love the media and everyone else talking about how crazy and idiotic it was for the Browns to not have drafted a WR because of Gordon’s looming suspension.

    Anyone who knows football or plays fantasy for that matter knows that rookies rarely produce much. It may not be the three year acclimation period it traditionally has been but unless a rookie WR is put into the perfect situation (see Brandin Cooks) you won’t see a whole lot of production until their second or third year.

  24. Kaz says: May 28, 2014 11:24 AM

    Can’t support passing on Watkins with this info. Don’t care about what the talking points were, not smart to go with a cb who can’t tackle over a top 3 talent.

  25. greymares says: May 28, 2014 11:26 AM

    why wait for the league, he’s team property get his butt in rehab.

  26. denverdude7 says: May 28, 2014 11:26 AM

    Suspend this Clown for a year.

    If complains or appeals make it 2 years.

    Do the crime, do the time. See ya Josh. You were good while it lasted.

    Gordon has watched too many Cheech & Chong movies or something.

  27. denverdude7 says: May 28, 2014 11:30 AM

    ballboy48 says:
    May 28, 2014 10:47 AM
    There is talk that he didn’t fail a drug test, rather that he missed it on accident because his agent didn’t tell him about it.
    ————————————————
    Sounds like the old dog ate my homework excuse…

  28. ballboy48 says: May 28, 2014 11:32 AM

    For those saying Cleveland was crazy to pass up a WR in the draft, consider this. Of the top 30 WR last year, only 11 made it to the playoffs, 5 were from DEN, NE, or NO. Seattle had “ZERO”, and won the Super Bowl. Cleveland had the top WR and won four games.

  29. poesports says: May 28, 2014 11:44 AM

    So Bengal guy is happy the Bengals are amassing AFC North titles. Try winning a playoff game first and then you can smile. I’m still smiling from the Ravens winning a SB two years ago :)

  30. troy43mvp says: May 28, 2014 11:45 AM

    I don’t smoke weed and I am a Steelers fan. It would behoove the rest of the division if Gordon didn’t play. In saying that…LET THE MAN PLAY FOOTBALL. The crime does not fit the punishment here. Don’t give me “rules are rules” lines either. Sounds like players have all of the rules and owners have none. They can take prescribed (to other people) pills and drive drunk and have zero immediate ramifications. Hypocritical league to say the least.

  31. grd55 says: May 28, 2014 11:51 AM

    Sounds like she’s speculating on top of speculating. She’s been speculating he was in stage three for a year now.

    She asked him a leading question about being in stage three and he answered “I think that’s what it means.”
    That, and since no one has told her different is her basis for reporting he is in stage three.

    Now he may actually be in S3 but it sounds like she is making an educated guess at best and you and everybody else is reporting it as fact.

  32. vikingferd says: May 28, 2014 12:04 PM

    For those of you who think the NFL policy is flawed, think about speed limits. You know what the speed limit is and if you get caught speeding, guess what? It’s on you for making that choice. This buffoon should own his choices.

  33. oldcracker says: May 28, 2014 12:11 PM

    Your coffee in the AM, your cigarettes throughout the day, the drinks after work, and all that red meat, sugar and salt you consume are as bad, if not worse, than that weed. However, rules are rules.

    I just don’t understand how the “mistakes of youth,” before employment, or signing of professional contracts should impact your career. I know I did some pretty stupid things (minor infractions) as a kid, should that limit my ability to have a career?

    However, if my employer wants me to show up at 7 AM, and I don’t show up until 8 AM (repeatedly) then I can see punishment by him…because I violated his rules of employment!

  34. guiness17 says: May 28, 2014 12:11 PM

    Where is the claim that he was out of the country on vacation, causing him to miss a test, coming from? No official reason for the suspension was released. Would suck if that is the reason. He is contractually obligated to be available for testing, but does that mean he can’t go to Cuba for a week?

    Oh wait, you guys aren’t allowed to go there anyways :)

  35. supermadelf says: May 28, 2014 12:12 PM

    How in the heck does that vapid moron of a beat reporter “know” what stage he’s in? I’ll give you the answer…vapid headed moron builds story on the words of a vipid headed moron…news at 11.

  36. blkandgld4eva says: May 28, 2014 12:15 PM

    Kinda Funny:
    The Clowns have Gordon be suspended, the Ratbirds have all they’re RB’s headed for a date w/ Goodell that will lead to @ least 4 game suspensions. And the Squealers QB is upset because he thinks (correctly might I add) that his franchise has list they’re edge on drafting & thats why the franchise has struggled for 3+ years.
    Yet those Cincinnati Bengals just keep plugging along amassing wins & AFC NORTH titles. Ain’t life grand. LMAO
    ———————————————–
    LOL a bungleguy bragging about all the AFCN titles. Let us know when you actually WIN a playoff game.

  37. crownofthehelmet says: May 28, 2014 12:31 PM

    Poor kid is going to miss the boat by a few. In 5 years this will be a non-issue, and he could live life how he chooses and take advantage of his god-given talents.

  38. pbrady89 says: May 28, 2014 12:51 PM

    Maybe I misunderstand the word minimum, but how can he negotiate down his suspension from a year?

  39. gallogj says: May 28, 2014 2:27 PM

    Wow! The kid knows he gets tested 10 times per month and he STILL smokes weed? Maybe it IS addictive! Why else would he be so dumb. He is saying to you, me and the NFL that weed is more important than his career! How can he risk the lottery ticket of a job for sticky icky? I question his decision-making ability! How does he tie his shoes?

  40. stleo65 says: May 28, 2014 2:28 PM

    LOL!!! Mary Kay Cabott was already proven wrong, on this subject. Gordon is in stage 2.

    He didn’t even FAIL a test. He MISSED a test.

  41. stleo65 says: May 28, 2014 5:11 PM

    He DIDN’T do drugs! He missed a test. He was in Europe and didn’t get back in time. Learn how to read.

  42. irvfin3 says: May 28, 2014 9:32 PM

    Those of you saying he was in Europe and missed the test and that he’s in stage 2 where’s the source???

  43. snag535 says: May 28, 2014 9:56 PM

    owners do not get game suspendsions they lose draft picks

  44. snakeskinsoul says: May 29, 2014 9:29 AM

    ALL the “information” listed here is nothing more than SPECULATION> IF he missed a test because EITHER his agent didn’t get him the information, OR because he was on vacation outside the country and couldn’t get back in time to take it then it would be COMPLETE BS for him to be suspended for an entire season…due to confidentiality the NFL probably won’t give us all the details, but as a Browns life-ling fan I would love to know. The kid has ACTED much more mature and has seemed to be team-driven and well-spoken…I would LOVE to know if it has all just been an act.

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