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Browns lining up support for Gordon if he’s suspended

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The Browns are still waiting to hear on Josh Gordon’s appeal of his indefinite suspension.

But they’re putting plans in place now to make sure he’s supported by some form of a team if he loses.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Browns are making sure Gordon’s not drifting alone if he is suspended.
“First and foremost, we care about our players,” owner Jimmy Haslam. “We want our players to take care of themselves and make good decisions. We’re going to do everything we can to support him. At the same time, the players have to understand they’re accountable to themselves, to their teammates, to the front office and to our fans. People have to understand that, and I’ll leave it at that.”

They helped him find a rehab facility after his DWI in North Carolina in July, and have reached out to other nearby substance abuse professionals, including former Cavaliers coach John Lucas.

Lucas was a former NBA star who struggled with substance abuse issues, but has since become a counselor for those in similar situations, who previously worked with Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu.

The story also notes that Gordon has tested negative for drugs 70 times since he joined the Browns, which lends some context to the argument over the difference in his A and B samples, which is the basis of his appeal.

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16 Responses to “Browns lining up support for Gordon if he’s suspended”
  1. geezohman says: Aug 14, 2014 7:11 AM

    This was an appeal on a one year suspension which i understand, one must apply for re-instatement back into the NFL.

    If his ’70’ tests have been ‘clean’, how has he managed to get up to this one year suspension?

    What really the players union (and owners) should be complaining about it the ‘time’ line ! His the appeal office at the NFL backed up like the government court system?

    What do they say if the ‘jury’ is still out ? someone must be pushing for ‘lenancy’

  2. floratiotime says: Aug 14, 2014 7:25 AM

    Lance Armstrong passed over 500 drug tests.

  3. sunyub1975 says: Aug 14, 2014 7:26 AM

    The man Is an adult, he knows right from wrong actually he is an abuser and the team condones his bad habits.. he does not need codling he needs to be suspended and possibly banished stop putting games over crimes.. I bet he will do it AGAIN

  4. classyjacklambert says: Aug 14, 2014 7:38 AM

    If it’s more than Ray Rice’s punishment then the NFL has moved into negative credibility. No amount of pot charges should equal knocking your girl out in an elevator and dragging her to your room.

  5. 75rockrasin says: Aug 14, 2014 7:39 AM

    2011 Baylor. Police find Marijuana in a car Gordon was in. Suspended

    2011 Baylor. Failed drug test, kicked off team.

    2013 NFL Failed Drug test, 2 game suspension.

    2014 Failed Drug test suspension TBD

    2014 after notified of second failed NFL drug test, gets locked up for DUI.

    Yeah that A test was not fair to him. It was only second hand smoke. Or he didn’t water it down enough…

  6. justanacehole says: Aug 14, 2014 7:40 AM

    Is that Josh Gordon with Gordon from Sesame Street?

  7. hehatemyfootballteam says: Aug 14, 2014 7:51 AM

    Can they hire the guy that shadowed Dez Bryant? Seemed to work for him.

  8. GenXJay says: Aug 14, 2014 8:18 AM

    buy him the newest Madden game & he’ll be set for the year of suspension.

  9. melikefootball says: Aug 14, 2014 8:51 AM

    Where is God-del, Gordon deserves suspended and even the Browns know this. He may need help, but he also needs punishment, when even knowing he was in trouble goes off to North Carolina and hangs around with a known bad guy and gets arrested for a DUI. The office is dragging their feet how come???

  10. kwjsb says: Aug 14, 2014 9:09 AM

    How about lining up someone who doesn’t drop the ball while Gordons gone?

  11. regisphilbin says: Aug 14, 2014 9:11 AM

    Positive 70x? That is ridiculous or you need to hire an editor.

  12. flyeredup202 says: Aug 14, 2014 1:37 PM

    he needs a suspension but it will be with min games and he will have strict leash on him for the next year or so…..

  13. thesteelhurtin says: Aug 14, 2014 4:38 PM

    Either way he is going to be gone a year alcohol is banned once you enter the league’s substance abuse program.

  14. mrfrostyj says: Aug 14, 2014 4:56 PM

    regisphilbin says: Aug 14, 2014 9:11 AM

    Positive 70x? That is ridiculous or you need to hire an editor.

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    Nope, not a typo. Josh Gordon hasn’t had any marijuana related issues since the two incidents when he was in college at Baylor. The media has made it sound like he’s hanging out with Cheech and Chong every weekend because it gave them something to talk about.

    its pretty well know among Browns fans that Gordon has tried very hard to prove he’s changed from those days but obviously to the media once a screw up always a screw up.

    Luckily he has the Browns organization and the Cleveland community supporting him instead of finger pointing and judging like the national media seems to enjoy doing.

  15. thesteelhurtin says: Aug 14, 2014 5:05 PM

    Nope, not a typo. Josh Gordon hasn’t had any marijuana related issues since the two incidents when he was in college at Baylor. The media has made it sound like he’s hanging out with Cheech and Chong every weekend because it gave them something to talk about.

    its pretty well know among Browns fans that Gordon has tried very hard to prove he’s changed from those days but obviously to the media once a screw up always a screw up.

    Luckily he has the Browns organization and the Cleveland community supporting him instead of finger pointing and judging like the national media seems to enjoy doing.

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    Yeah getting a DUI while waiting on your hearing is proving you have changed.

  16. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 15, 2014 6:02 AM

    The Players Association should have the ability to fine Goodell and anyone in the league office for their utter incompetence and them taking so long to make a decision. This is not a reasonable time frame of which a decision should have been made 2 months ago.

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