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Josh Gordon’s appeal hearing looms

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When it comes to Browns receiver Josh Gordon, not much is known about his future.  What is known is that the long-awaited hearing on the appeal of his one-year suspension will indeed happen soon.

On Thursday, Gordon’s agent gave the first official acknowledgement that Gordon’s day in court (sort of) is coming.

“Let’s just say [the hearing is] some point in the near future,” Drew Rosenhaus said after cornerback Joe Haden’s charity softball game, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  “I’m not permitted to divulge [the specific date].”

And that’s all he would say about Gordon’s situation.

“I’m not going to talk about Josh,” Rosenhaus said.  “I’m here tonight to support Joe and a really nice event.  I really don’t have anything to add about Josh’s situation. Right now that’s a league matter and as everyone knows he’s got an appeal coming up and I really won’t have anything to say about it until afterwards. . . .  The CBA, the NFLPA regulations really encourage agents not to talk about that kind of stuff.  It’s really confidential, and out of respect to Joe, I’m really here just kind of focused on his situation.”

Per Cabot, Rosenhaus pointed out that Haden endured a four-game suspension for Adderall use in 2012, and that Haden has since cashed in with a $68 million contract extension.  Of course, Haden’s suspension came from a one-time positive test.  Gordon’s predicament has arisen from a pattern of violations of the substance-abuse policy, which implements a suspension after only several incidents and puts a guy on the brink of a one-year suspension only after he has failed more than a few times to comply with the rules.

Rosenhaus added that he’s “sure” he’ll be talking to the Browns about Gordon’s situation before training camp.  It remains possible, but not likely, that the Browns will decide that there’s nothing to discuss, and that they’re ready to move on from a guy who arrived as a second-round pick in the 2012 supplemental draft.

It won’t matter for 2014 if Gordon ultimately receives a one-year suspension.  It won’t matter beyond that if Gordon likewise can’t stay clean while banned from the sport.

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12 Responses to “Josh Gordon’s appeal hearing looms”
  1. hodous says: Jul 18, 2014 9:31 AM

    Justin Blackmon

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 18, 2014 9:33 AM

    Can we get confirmation from the Browns what the highest possible offer was if they were to have traded him last year? We just need to make sure we pin down the precise amount of trade value shrinkage in play here, that way we can be more accurate when screaming at the Browns.

  3. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Jul 18, 2014 9:34 AM

    heh, what a superclown! typical browns stuff. sad.

  4. brownoholic says: Jul 18, 2014 10:12 AM

    The Neverending Storyyyyyyy . . . .

  5. wryly1 says: Jul 18, 2014 10:15 AM

    If Rosehaus is not saying that Gordon is voluntarily getting counseling and treatment to overcome his demons – and is forming a support structure to accomplish same – then it’s a pretty safe bet he isn’t. – and that’s truly a sorry shame.

  6. bostonian13 says: Jul 18, 2014 10:43 AM

    Still waiting on the Ray Rice suspension. What’s taking so long?? How is that process longer than someone getting suspended over weed, etc?!?

  7. mightbegoingtohellforthis says: Jul 18, 2014 11:18 AM

    Roger Goodell suffers from reefer madness.

  8. denverdude7 says: Jul 18, 2014 11:27 AM

    The NFL and the Cleveland Browns both need to do the right thing and suspend Gordon for the full year.

    I agree it is a very harsh penalty but one that will get Gordon’s attention and hopefully get him on track for the future.

    Gordon has already had so many chances and has squandered them all. Any leniency at this point is only enabling him further.

  9. melikefootball says: Jul 18, 2014 2:26 PM

    How can this guy appeal anything, look at his track record and especially the arrest in NC. It is a wonder he is not kicked out of the NFL forever.

  10. fallguy2006 says: Jul 18, 2014 2:45 PM

    The Browns should stand behind Josh . He just needs help . Still very young and if he misses 1 season and gets his head straight , he will be one of the best receivers in the NFL .

  11. djshnooks says: Jul 18, 2014 3:27 PM

    Ban this dirtbag from the league.

    Cleveland deserves it…as does Whitner. Lol.

  12. excessivedrinking says: Jul 18, 2014 9:33 PM

    Another double digit loss season in 2014. Other than the Browns fans, everybody knows it.

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