The punishment arises from a November 2013 arrest for DUI and refusal to submit to a chemical test. Simpson later pleaded guilty to reckless driving and failure to submit to a chemical test, but the outcome triggers scrutiny under the portion of the substance-abuse policy that relates to alcohol-related offenses.
Simpson’s three-game suspension arising from felony drug charges in 2012 made him susceptible to a suspension for his latest offense under the substance-abuse policy. Which doesn’t bode well for Browns receiver Josh Gordon and his own pending DUI charge, given his history of violations of the substance-abuse policy.
Then again, Gordon has more immediate problems. If the NFL ever rules on the appeal of his one-year suspension.