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Josh Gordon appeal hearing resumes

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After a Friday marathon session that began at 9:30 a.m. ET and lasted until 7:00 p.m. ET, Browns receiver Josh Gordon’s appeal hearing has resumed.

Gordon, who’s in Cleveland for the continuation of the session, will participate via phone.  Former NFL executive V.P. for labor relations Harold Henderson has been presiding over the hearing.  Attorney Maurice Suh, who helped Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman avoid a four-game suspension under the PED policy in 2012, represents Gordon along with the NFLPA.

The substance-abuse policy requires a ruling to be issued within a “reasonable time” after the hearing ends.  Gordon faces a full-year suspension for his latest violation of the substance-abuse policy, and the NFL interprets the relevant portion of the document to require an all-or-nothing outcome.

A negotiated compromise of fewer than 16 games and more than zero remains possible.  The NFL has done that in the past, specifically with Gordon.  Last year, a four-game suspension was reduced to two games via negotiations.

This time around, the NFL must balance the plain language of the policy (which if applied literally compels a one-year suspension) with the ongoing reaction to the Ray Rice suspension — and with the potential reaction to any discipline that will be imposed on Colts owner Jim Irsay, whose behavior (like Gordon’s) may have resulted from an addiction.

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  1. Heretopissuoff says: Aug 4, 2014 12:45 PM

    Top 5 WR
    1. Calvin Johnson
    2. Josh Gordon
    3. AJ Green
    4. Dez Bryant
    5. Rod Streater

  2. Stiller43 says: Aug 4, 2014 12:48 PM

    This time around, the NFL must balance the plain language of the policy (which if applied literally compels a one-year suspension) with the ongoing reaction to the Ray Rice suspension — and with the potential reaction to any discipline that will be imposed on Colts owner Jim Irsay, whose behavior (like Gordon’s) may have resulted from an addiction.
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    This is hilarious. You actually think the NFL cares what the public writes or says about what they do? They don’t care…they just laugh as they continue to collect our money. Hell, they probably just do this stuff to troll us and give us all talking points.

  3. mason527 says: Aug 4, 2014 1:00 PM

    Do the right thing Roger. FreeJoshGordan!!!!!

  4. fitzhughave says: Aug 4, 2014 1:03 PM

    Josh is sorry and won’t do it again. Now can we just let him play? It will be fun.

  5. clarkisgod says: Aug 4, 2014 1:07 PM

    Please stop referencing Ray Rice and his ordeal with Josh Gordon… They are not at all related issues. If they were 2 months apart nobody would be talking about it.

  6. blmonroe12 says: Aug 4, 2014 1:09 PM

    The NFL needs to work the the NFLPA and get this process cleaned up. Rice, Gordon, Mathis – everything taking place right now is a public relations nightmare. Letter of the law is being chosen over common sense and that’s a bad look.

  7. chip56 says: Aug 4, 2014 1:09 PM

    I am begging for him to go in there and say that he will spend his suspended year doing a media tour about how insane the NFL is to suspend him for a year while giving a guy who punched out a woman 2 games.

  8. brownsclown says: Aug 4, 2014 1:11 PM

    Last year the NFL let Joe Bummer and Mike Dumbturdi to run the Browns and both appeared to be under the influence of something way more powerful than marijuana. So let Josh smoke and play!

  9. mattcloudobr says: Aug 4, 2014 1:20 PM

    Heretopissuoff says:
    Aug 4, 2014 12:45 PM
    Top 5 WR
    1. Calvin Johnson
    2. Josh Gordon
    3. AJ Green
    4. Dez Bryant
    5. Rod Streater
    ________________________________

    Where is:
    Alshon Jeffery, Demaryius Thomas, Brandon Marshall, Keenan Allen, Antonio Brown, Vincent Jackson, DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, TY Hilton, Julian Edelman, Jordy Nelson, Kendall Wright, Jimmy Graham, Jordan Cameron, etc???? You do realize there are TE’s better than Streater, right?

    I will give you this much, Streater COULD BE Top 20 with a new QB….. Assuming the line can keep Schaub upright! Keep in mind, you added Matt Schaub, not Ryan Tannehill. You got the #27 QB in the NFL from 13′. He has to be the old Schaub, not the 13′ one!

  10. heavyjumbo says: Aug 4, 2014 1:27 PM

    mattcloudobr says:
    Aug 4, 2014 1:20 PM

    Heretopissuoff says:
    Aug 4, 2014 12:45 PM
    Top 5 WR
    1. Calvin Johnson
    2. Josh Gordon
    3. AJ Green
    4. Dez Bryant
    5. Rod Streater
    ________________________________

    Where is:
    Alshon Jeffery, Demaryius Thomas, Brandon Marshall, Keenan Allen, Antonio Brown, Vincent Jackson, DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, TY Hilton, Julian Edelman, Jordy Nelson, Kendall Wright, Jimmy Graham, Jordan Cameron, etc???? You do realize there are TE’s better than Streater, right?

    I will give you this much, Streater COULD BE Top 20 with a new QB….. Assuming the line can keep Schaub upright! Keep in mind, you added Matt Schaub, not Ryan Tannehill. You got the #27 QB in the NFL from 13′. He has to be the old Schaub, not the 13′ one!
    ______________________________

    Dude, you really felt the need to respond to this obvious troll with two paragraphs. LOLOLOLOL

  11. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 4, 2014 1:40 PM

    how incompetent is the NFL to take this long for the hearing. they know their testing procedures are flawed and obviously a major flaw in this situation. when you have a 21% difference in the 2 samples thats ridiculous. there is no way its a legit test with that big of a discrepancy.

    Gordon should not be suspended at all. time to put Goodell in his arrogant little place.

    this guy and the NFL are blatantly on power trips and control freaks. especially insisting that the Seahawks go after Marshawn Lynch’s signing bonus. these scumbags are out to screw the players whenever they can. luckily the Seahawks said screw you to the league office and didnt go after his signing bonus.

  12. godofwine330 says: Aug 4, 2014 1:42 PM

    I hope he wins the appeal. The fact that it is carrying over another day looks good. Being a Browns fan, I want to see him play all 16 because we don’t have any dependable receivers other than him, and it doesn’t seem likely that we have any kind of success if he doesn’t play.

  13. dawgpoundjedi says: Aug 4, 2014 2:07 PM

    I get that he is a multiple offender – which, honestly, will be what gets him whatever suspension he receives – but on this one, the one positive result was SO minimal that the second test was under the limit. I heard a report that it basically equated to either the second-hand smoke they’re saying it was, or him taking one hit or less off 3/10 of a gram of weed.

    He had passed 70 tests in a row prior to that one, and considering that the most amount of times a player can be tested is 10 times in one month, that’s at LEAST 7 months of clean tests. Obviously the guy is trying to stay clean – and his recent self-admission into a rehab program is further proof of that.

    If this were a first offense, I’d say to give him nothing – so he’ll get SOME kind of suspension from this, since he has been busted before. I just hope it’s minimal, based on the evidence presented. That seems fair in this case.

  14. audient says: Aug 4, 2014 2:49 PM

    The NFL needs to find a technicality it can hang its hat on to justify throwing out this test result, while maintaining the position that Gordon must pass future tests, and that all this has no bearing on what, if any, action may be taken related to his DUI charge.

    And with that, and until further notice, the man can play.

  15. guiness17 says: Aug 4, 2014 2:51 PM

    Not sure at all why PFT keeps trotting out Rice as a reason the NFL needs to do something, the two are unrelated.

    They should do something because this is ridiculous, no other reason.

  16. letsradiate23 says: Aug 4, 2014 2:59 PM

    This is simple.

    The NFL policy states he must have a level above 15.0 ng/ml.

    With the test results of 16.0 ng/ml and 13.6 ng/ml, it is IMOSSIBLE to prove his blood level was above 15.0 ng/ml.

    There is NO WAY to prove “without a shadow of a doubt” that his levels were above the limit.

    He should be freed!

    Just do the math…. google “statistical confidence interval”

    16.0 + 13.6 ≠ 15.0 or higher! at least not with any confidence.

    No proof, no suspension.

  17. bigblu73 says: Aug 4, 2014 3:09 PM

    Yep, It’s looking good for the Brownies! 2 days of an appeal process definitely means he will not be suspended for an entire year. Frankly, I’d be surprised if he misses more than 4 games. Truthfully he shouldn’t even miss 1 snap!!! They take 2 samples A/B for a REASON. The reason is that the results from either sample can be compared to the other to CONFIRM results! The fact that the 2 samples DID NOT CONFIRM EACH OTHER SHOULD RENDER THE TEST INVALID!!!! Plus the fact that the NFL has higher standards than the IOC or U.S. Military is absolutely RIDICULOUS! DeMaurice Smith is noticeably INVISIBLE as of late for a good reason!!!! He Sux!!!!

  18. tattooit says: Aug 4, 2014 3:16 PM

    No way Gordon misses the year. The NFL is salivating at the national interest Johnny Football to Josh Gordon would generate. The Browns haven’t been relevant since the Burger King was still a prince.

  19. itwasafumble says: Aug 4, 2014 3:34 PM

    I’m not sure if it’s been mentioned before, but I like that the attorney is named Suh.

  20. samsonight1010 says: Aug 4, 2014 5:16 PM

    mattcloudobr
    Aug 4, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT
    Heretopissuoff says:
    Aug 4, 2014 12:45 PM
    Top 5 WR
    1. Calvin Johnson
    2. Josh Gordon
    3. AJ Green
    4. Dez Bryant
    5. Rod Streater
    ________________________________

    Where is:
    Alshon Jeffery, Demaryius Thomas, Brandon Marshall, Keenan Allen, Antonio Brown, Vincent Jackson, DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, TY Hilton, Julian Edelman, Jordy Nelson, Kendall Wright, Jimmy Graham, Jordan Cameron, etc???? You do realize there are TE’s better than Streater, right?

    I will give you this much, Streater COULD BE Top 20 with a new QB….. Assuming the line can keep Schaub upright! Keep in mind, you added Matt Schaub, not Ryan Tannehill. You got the #27 QB in the NFL from 13′. He has to be the old Schaub, not the 13′ one!
    ________________________________
    Matt Schaub is 13 feet tall? He shouldn’t suck so much, that’s quite an advantage

  21. yardpenalty says: Aug 4, 2014 8:22 PM

    The Johnny Football 1st-team reps is a PR stunt to get the tides turning in JGs favor. I would hate to think that we are refused the human highlight reel of #12 for something as stupid as a dumb CBA for THC levels. #LETHIMPLAY

  22. Ed Bandell says: Aug 7, 2014 5:53 AM

    Guy needs to be suspended for a full season like the rules dictate and that time away from football should be used to get him into rehab for his many drug addictions.

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