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Gordon considers all options, including legal action

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Now that the NFL has suspended receiver Josh Gordon for the 2014 regular season (and, if the substance-abuse policy is applied as written, a full calendar year), the question becomes whether Gordon will continue to fight the ban.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, all options currently are on the table, including legal action.

Any lawsuit would face an immediate and aggressive challenge from the NFL under the Federal Arbitration Act, which requires courts to respect the outcome of private litigation.  Only in rare circumstances can a court throw out the results of a private arbitration procedure, and the standard for scuttling the outcome is high.

Gordon’s best bet could be to fashion a plausible legal theory and attempt to secure a so-called “preliminary injunction,” which would prevent the NFL from implementing the suspension until the litigation concludes.  Former Vikings defensive tackles Pat Williams and Kevin Williams successfully delayed, but failed to defeat, a suspension in the StarCaps case.

If litigation is going to be filed, it needs to be filed soon.  At this point, there’s a chance it will be.

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102 Responses to “Gordon considers all options, including legal action”
  1. ariani1985 says: Aug 27, 2014 1:46 PM

    If there is a lawsuit can the Packer fans sue the team for getting smoked in the first round of the playoffs for 5 strait years?

  2. simplesimon1 says: Aug 27, 2014 1:47 PM

    I’ve mentioned before and I’ll say it again. The signed CBA does not matter. It can’t be held as legal tender when the test conducted is incapable of properly quantifying at the level they test. He is 100% in the right on this one. The proper amount to test for is 150 ng/mL not 15 ng/mL. That amount is absolutely impossible to properly quantify, hence, the inability of the repetition. If this goes to court, the NFL will lose.

  3. doctorrustbelt says: Aug 27, 2014 1:49 PM

    So… it’s ALLLLL Brandon Weeden’s fault and suspended josh gordon, cut Greg Little, and cut/institutionalized Davone Bess get a free pass?!?

  4. sportnorcal says: Aug 27, 2014 1:49 PM

    I am hoping one of his ‘options’ is to take a look at himself and get the help he needs. The talent is obviously there.

  5. Chuck Norris says: Aug 27, 2014 1:50 PM

    Unless the first option on the list is: Stop smoking pot, this is useless

  6. coonsqualler says: Aug 27, 2014 1:50 PM

    Just get it over with. We are gonna suck again this year anyways…We always do.

    Just Sayin’…Go Brownies!!

  7. bengalskuta82 says: Aug 27, 2014 1:50 PM

    The nfl is against the use of illegal substances but not so much on domestic violence. Awesome.

  8. deadeye says: Aug 27, 2014 1:51 PM

    Of course, if you do something wrong, get caught, and get punished, litigate until the other side has to relent.

    Here’s a better idea Josh Gordon: try to go a whole year without smoking weed, or hanging around others who smoke weed.

  9. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 27, 2014 1:51 PM

    Yet Ray Rice only gets 2.

    What a sham.

  10. medic406 says: Aug 27, 2014 1:52 PM

    Thanks Mike

  11. burfict's wrath says: Aug 27, 2014 1:53 PM

    Legalize it

  12. RegisHawk says: Aug 27, 2014 1:53 PM

    If litigation is going to be filed, it needs to be filed soon.

    Gordon was notified of the suspension in April. He didn’t appeal until August. I don’t think he has the same concept of “soon” as everyone else.

  13. summercho773 says: Aug 27, 2014 1:53 PM

    Do it! The NFL has acted unconscionably, both in its unreasonable delay–surely designed to put distance between this ruling and the Rice debacle–
    and in its complete inability to think about how justice can be served any sort of nuanced way. They should be challenged.

  14. tvjules says: Aug 27, 2014 1:54 PM

    Ask to be traded to Denver, where it’s legal.

  15. djstat says: Aug 27, 2014 1:54 PM

    simplesimon1

    All your excuses are why he chose to get behind the wheel of a car under the influence. YOur pathetic as is Gordon

  16. godofwine330 says: Aug 27, 2014 1:54 PM

    The NFL handled this way wrong, and dragging it out like they did is more than irresponsible – it was borderline criminal. Yes, Josh should have been nowhere near amy smokers if he indeed didn’t smoke himself. That is on him. But there is a right and wrong way to handle a situation and the league fumbled the ball big time.

    I don’t like how the limit is a tenth of the OIC levels, and the NFL earlier in the year said that they’d raise the levels if the NFLPA accepts Goodell as judge, jury, executioner on HGH testing – which the NFLPA wisely said no to. I hope he sues, and I hope he wins.

  17. Indybear says: Aug 27, 2014 1:54 PM

    And I thought this story had ended after they announced the suspension. Silly me. This season can’t get started soon enough.

  18. sdsmooth says: Aug 27, 2014 1:55 PM

    Hey Josh. I’ve got a great option for you: Stop smoking weed and driving drunk. Problem solved.

  19. thevikingsarewherecareersend says: Aug 27, 2014 1:55 PM

    If there is a lawsuit can the the other 31 teams sue for having to play in the nfl with the Vikings who belong in London.

  20. casualmalexlfan says: Aug 27, 2014 1:55 PM

    Thanks Obama [rolls eyes]

  21. conormacleod says: Aug 27, 2014 1:56 PM

    My money is on the 32 billionaires.

  22. audient says: Aug 27, 2014 1:57 PM

    I’d want to fight.

    But at some point, maybe you take the year, come back just as Johnny Football is getting good?

  23. flipzm says: Aug 27, 2014 1:58 PM

    Around 40,000 people die in traffic accidents every year in the U.S. Many them due to impaired drivers. Smoke, drink, shoot, and snort whatever you want but do it in a house and stay there until it wears off.

  24. Stupid Lions Fan says: Aug 27, 2014 1:59 PM

    Rules are the rules but it’s laughable that people have gotten less for killing people where Gordon’s offense is smoking a non-performance enhancing harmless plant.

  25. kepdogg23 says: Aug 27, 2014 2:00 PM

    Josh Gordon is not the perfect example of why Ray Rice’s punishment was light. This clown has been busted 4-5 times.

  26. angrylionsfan says: Aug 27, 2014 2:02 PM

    How much has he even made so far in his career?

    I can’t imagine that he would come out on top for what he will spend in legal fees. Ask Kevin Williams if that was worth it.

    Be accountable for your actions and use this time to get substance abuse and/or mental health counseling and train hard and prove your worth.

  27. electricboogalo says: Aug 27, 2014 2:02 PM

    Dear NFL,
    1936 called and wants its drug policy back.

    Signed,
    Legalize It.

  28. raiderufan says: Aug 27, 2014 2:02 PM

    The NFLPA should be VERY upset right now…the NFL waits until the day after cuts to announce this? This cost someone in the NFLPA a job yesterday.

  29. goldbloodedindfw says: Aug 27, 2014 2:02 PM

    I’m shocked that another one of these guys refuses to have any accountability for his actions. I agree with the whole idea that his suspension is stupid when you consider what Rice got for what he did, but this guy knew the rules and broke them multiple times.

  30. The Steelers are Marching and the world cowers. The three rivers were made from your tears and we build boats. We build lots of boats. We walk beside pristine trophy cases and engraved gold. They say it's lonely at the top, but we sure like the view. says: Aug 27, 2014 2:03 PM

    We’d bet the NFL is adequately prepared for anything. As always, they’ll win.

  31. nedfrog says: Aug 27, 2014 2:04 PM

    According to a new study, the more pot a couple smokes, the less likely they are to be involved in a domestic violence incident. (Not a joke.)

    Just one more way the NFL is pro domestic violence.

  32. RegisHawk says: Aug 27, 2014 2:05 PM

    After considering all his options, Gordon decided on the family size bag of Doritos and a That 70s Show marathon.

  33. metalman5150 says: Aug 27, 2014 2:05 PM

    When I need to relax, I smoke weed.
    But to be fair, I could start punching people, at least then I can keep my job?!?!?!

  34. dumdolt says: Aug 27, 2014 2:07 PM

    Gordon considers all options…

    except manning up and owning it.

  35. cubano76 says: Aug 27, 2014 2:07 PM

    Hey! I got caught for like the 56th time smokin weed, or drinking and driving. But it can’t be my fault! I’m suing someone, anyone!!!!!

    God Bless Murica!

  36. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Aug 27, 2014 2:09 PM

    coonsqualler says:Aug 27, 2014 1:50 PM

    Just get it over with. We are gonna suck again this year anyways…We always do.

    Just Sayin’…Go Brownies!!
    ———————
    Since this a Josh Gordon article, I thought this was referring to a different kind of brownies at first…

  37. Eli Pacheco says: Aug 27, 2014 2:10 PM

    Wait – I missed the mention of any substance abuse help the league will offer this young man.

  38. 1973to1991packerssuckedbigtime says: Aug 27, 2014 2:13 PM

    We will pay you millions of dollars and all you have to do is “NOT SMOKE POT”.

    Fails.

    Take your punishment and stop being a little pansy.

  39. valentino8100 says: Aug 27, 2014 2:16 PM

    Weed is against the rules. I smoked weed. I got suspended. Time to blame someone else.

  40. maestro1899 says: Aug 27, 2014 2:16 PM

    The ignorance displayed in many of these comments is appalling.

    It was obviously form second-hand smoke since Josh has passed 70+ tests in the past year. If he had used it himself, other tests would have come back positive as MJ stays in your system for 30 days or more.

    To all of the people who think he “needs help”, look in the mirror. People who use marijuana don’t “need help” and more than the people who have a drink of alcohol after work or coffee before work. Firthermore, as stated above, he has passed over 70 tests in the past year which shows he isn’t even using it.

    The NFL and some of the self-righteous posters here need to get a grip.

  41. RayLewisIsGod says: Aug 27, 2014 2:19 PM

    Brilliant Idea…

    If you’re a player in the NFL, maybe just don’t smoke weed? Plenty of time to smoke all you want when you retire at the ripe old age of 30.

    It’s called common sense, which apparently none of these clowns have.

  42. clevelandrocksyourface says: Aug 27, 2014 2:21 PM

    Lawyers, ………..ATTACK!

  43. cgraszer says: Aug 27, 2014 2:22 PM

    Here’s an option…Oh, Canada!

  44. morty999 says: Aug 27, 2014 2:22 PM

    While Rice should have been kicked out of the league in my opinion, let’s not lose sight that this was Gordon’s THIRD failed drug test. The first time you don’t get suspended. Obvioulsy Gordon is about the biggest moron of the face of the earth. He knew what a failed THIRD test would result in, yet he couldn’t put it down. A little weed has cost him a boat load of money and he has nobody to blame but himself. So much for the argument that weed isn’t addictive.

  45. pfu2 says: Aug 27, 2014 2:26 PM

    Sue them all Josh! This was conducted too poorly to hold up!

  46. peefrimgar says: Aug 27, 2014 2:27 PM

    The current record for fewest touchdowns scored in a season is 3 by Cincinnati in 1933.

    This year’s Browns might break that record, unfortunately. See you all next season.

  47. mightyminer says: Aug 27, 2014 2:29 PM

    Even if it were legal in all 50states and all territories of the US, an employer would still likely have the right to test employees and restrict its use.

    Josh Gordon’s actions are beyond selfish. He KNOWS the rules, he’s already been subject to disciplinary actions in the past. Josh Gordon put weed before his teammates, before his career, and before his own paychecks.

    This is the kind of stupidity that SHOULD be punished.

    But it does also point out the absurdity of the 2game suspension that Ray Rice got for beating his wife.

  48. pgolf3 says: Aug 27, 2014 2:29 PM

    Cant wait to see the picture of him sleeping on the judges stand from being hi and drunk…while in court

  49. Stiller43 says: Aug 27, 2014 2:29 PM

    What grounds can he stand on? Like the rules or not (i dont), he did not follow the rules and was punished according to the CBA…am I missing something?

  50. b3nz0z says: Aug 27, 2014 2:33 PM

    as usual i’m forced to ask why any american would be in favor of punishing another american for a personal choice

  51. kcflake says: Aug 27, 2014 2:36 PM

    “Legal Action” for being suspended for Illegal behavior. Makes Sense Josh.

  52. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 27, 2014 2:40 PM

    Gordon, just borrow Hines Ward’s hyperbaric chamber to sleep in for the next 3 years, then come back stronger (just ask Ed Reed or Keith Rivers). Pot will be legal by then.

  53. beavertonsteve says: Aug 27, 2014 2:41 PM

    Injunction Junction, what’s your function? Keeping suspended players on the field, playing and scoring.

  54. rocketdogsports says: Aug 27, 2014 2:43 PM

    Josh Gordon has reached a point in his career where he:
    1. Remains exposed for additional punishment for his DUI charge.
    2. Taken a pugnacious attitude blaming others for his shortcomings.

    He would be best served to study the current 25 years of sadness surrounding Pete Rose who acted in a similar manner and who now realizes he missed a lot of opportunities to shut up, sit down and focus on getting back to the sport he dominated.

  55. ramitbaby says: Aug 27, 2014 2:43 PM

    If the drug tests contradict, you must acquit.

  56. phreakin says: Aug 27, 2014 2:45 PM

    All the armchair lawyers here kill me. Let’s clear up some facts here.

    1 – This is his 4th time at least getting busted.

    2 – He didn’t test positive because he was around second hand smoke. Even potheads can’t believe that.

    3 – I happen to disagree with weed being illegal but because my job forbids it I don’t do it. If I wanted to and didn’t care about losing my job i’d smoke. But I do care about my job and getting paid.

    4 – If you’re making that kind of money and can’t manage to stay away from something you’ve already gotten in trouble for 3 times, then yes he has a problem.

    5 – This country is so absurd with Generation Me coming into their own now. Break the rules you knew were rules and then don’t accept responsibility. Blame someone else. Kinda like that kid who blamed his crash on “affluenza”

    6 – Mark my words, race and race baiting will be the next tactic. How the white owners are keeping a black man down.

    Give me a break. Guy has gotten 3 times before now to not be suspended a year. He did it anyway. Be a man and accept responsibility. If you’re man enough to smoke or be around weed smoke then be a man to accept the results. Stand up and say I love weed and if I get suspended then so be it. But don’t do it, blame someone else, or say it’s unfair. We all have stupid rules we have to live by. Either work to change them, or understand their are consequences if you break them. Plain and simple.

    Generation Me, our motto is it’s not our fault, it’s yours!

  57. ghost26 says: Aug 27, 2014 2:46 PM

    If he receives a ‘preliminary injunction’ it would just be delaying the inevitable for him. There’s no way a court is going to throw out the NFL’s ruling. It doesn’t matter whether fans think he was wronged or whether marijuana should be legalized–the rules are the rules & this is AT LEAST the 3rd drug test he has failed. He might as well just take his medicine & serve out the suspension now. In the meantime he should pray that Manziel is good enough to be the starter next year b/c Hoyer is terrible.

    BTW–Leaving football aside for a second, this kid needs to get his act together OFF the field. Aside from failing at least three drug tests he was also just arrested for a DWI less than two months ago. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that he has an alcohol/drug problem.

  58. 4512dawg4512 says: Aug 27, 2014 2:46 PM

    This is all Brandon Weeden’s fault, I’m not sure how but it just is

  59. billsfan1 says: Aug 27, 2014 2:47 PM

    Josh Gordon is a lowlife piece of crap. You can all cry about the antiquated drug policy but remember, it is still illegal. (Not in Wash, or Colorado), true but employers still hold the legal right to a drug free workplace…….
    All the NFL is doing is mirroring the policies of society.

  60. mrfrostyj says: Aug 27, 2014 2:54 PM

    Stiller43 says: Aug 27, 2014 2:29 PM

    What grounds can he stand on? Like the rules or not (i dont), he did not follow the rules and was punished according to the CBA…am I missing something?
    —————————————————

    - Well theirs the whole “reasonable time” arguement. The suspension letter was sent last DECEMBER. He gets suspended the day before the Final pre-season game the following year. That’s not very reasonable. Especially if the Browns make the playoffs he would have been eligible to come back during them.

    - Second is the drug test method itself where basically he passed depending on which vial is used. As many Ohio residents have mentioned in their state that’s a PASS no matter what.

    - Third it’s upholding him to the stage 3 level of the substance abuse policy when he wasn’t even in the NFL when he committed his “Stage 1″ act (being suspended and then kicked off of the Baylor football team) thus coming into the league already facing Stage 2. I’ve questioned that for years since there are coaches in this league who were facing NCAA sanctions when they jumped to the NFL and got 0 punishment (Pete Carroll and Jim Tressell being the most recent members of that club.)

  61. beattention says: Aug 27, 2014 2:54 PM

    I think they should allow all of this guys to do what they want. Smoke, shoot-up, rape, beat. It seems the character of players are getting worse all the time. I for one believe the moral fiber of athletes condone by their parents because they are special is ruining the NFL.

  62. bullcharger says: Aug 27, 2014 3:01 PM

    It doesn’t matter what the rules are… he signed up for them when he signed his deal. It sucks that someone so talented couldn’t follow the rules he agreed to, but it’s his own fault.

    Sure pot may be legalized in every state at some point, but that doesn’t change what he agreed to do. He violated his contract, and in most jobs that get’s you fired, not suspended for a year. He’s lucky. He should focus on meeting the obligations of his contract and achieve the greatness he is capable of. If he has an addiction problem he should get help and try to get through it. Many people have made it.

    The NFL is the highest level of competition, if you don’t have your act 100% together, then someone will be nipping at your heels to take your spot.

  63. novasportsfan says: Aug 27, 2014 3:02 PM

    How about you grow up and take responsibility for your actions. Stop making excuses and be a man. Why can’t these overpaid babies own up to their mistakes?

  64. rabidbillsfan says: Aug 27, 2014 3:03 PM

    “Second Hand Smoke” and “Pot, Dope, Mary Jane ETC.” should never be used in the same sentence. Show me a study that suggests being in the vicinity of a joint will trigger a failed drug test, at any saturation. The kid smoked it, that’s all there is to it. Unless he was shacked up with Cheech and Chong in the mystery machine for a few days, inhaling “second hand” pot smoke will not affect you significantly enough. While I still don’t agree with his lengthy suspension and Ray Rice’s Non-existent one, he still broke the rules…multiple times and now has to pay the price. I am still in awe over the fact that Cleveland’s only back up plan in all of this was Miles Austin. While Buffalo may gift Cleveland a high #1, the Browns are all but locks for the #1 overall. In which case they will still mess up, just like their last 2 multiple 1st rd pick years. One thing is for certain, Josh Gordon is an IDIOT!

  65. kingokra says: Aug 27, 2014 3:07 PM

    Option 1: Go home and take a bong hit. Then go for a drive to clear my head. Pull over and smoke a fatty. Drive a little more to clear my head. Get pulled over and lose millions of dollars. Get bummed.

    Option 2: Go home and take a bong hit. Hire a limo driver to take you wherever you would like to go. Pull over and smoke a fatty. Have your driver drop you off at home. Order the Whizzenator from ebay. Get some rest.

    Josh, Josh, Josh…always go with option 2.

  66. wolfies30 says: Aug 27, 2014 3:15 PM

    This is for everyone posting about how Gordon is a pot-smoking fiend who refuses to give up smoking. Here’s a little secret: his last suspension was not for marijuana. Shocking, I know. This new internet thing can give you that information. All it takes is 5 minutes to check. From what I can gather on this, Gordon did smoke weed in college, (which many, many students do), and then stopped ( which many, many people do as they grow up). In February, he then took a medicine prescribed by a doctor when he had strep throat. That medicine had codeine in it and Gordon did not properly research the medicine or notify the league. Those circumstances shortened his original suspension from 4 to 2 games. Then, there was this test.

    I’m not giving an opinion on the suspension, but when commenting about his history, at least have an idea of what that history is. Don’t just make up facts and/or assume.

  67. grumpyoldskinsfan says: Aug 27, 2014 3:21 PM

    Smokin’ all that weed and listening rap music now he wants to lawyer up like it’s somebody elses fault.

  68. metspeed21 says: Aug 27, 2014 3:21 PM

    It’s pretty simple. If Josh Gordon took one hit, then he has to take his punishment as it’s written in the CBA.

    If he didn’t do it, he has to take it to court. Nobody here would accept an injustice in order to expedite the punishment.

    If you’re Roger Clemens and you’re innocent of taking steroids, you stand up to the feds.

    If you’re Mike Tyson being charged for rape and you didn’t do it, you don’t pay the accuser off.

    If you’re Richard Sherman and you didn’t do Adderall and you lose your appeal, you take it to court.

    It’s called standing up for yourself.

    Josh is a human being. If you’re accused of something you didn’t do, you’re not going to be cool with it. But if you did take even a small hit, own it, pay your dues and don’t compare your ridiculous punishment to Ray Rice’s. It’s in the CBA.

  69. bonniebengal says: Aug 27, 2014 3:24 PM

    Sorry but I just can’t get over the fact that a player gets two games suspension for beating a woman senseless, but a whole year for marijuana. He should sue in order to bring up this disparity in court.

  70. notthetroll says: Aug 27, 2014 3:25 PM

    Yeah file a lawsuit, Josh. Lawyers need money too.
    A millionaire with a history of breaking the rules and his lawyers v. 32 Billionaires and their lawyers.

  71. everyonesuksbutme says: Aug 27, 2014 3:28 PM

    Josh should save the wear and tear on his body cuz the Browns are gonna suck cuz they ain’t got no quarterback….here’s hoping they start Johnny football vs the Steelers opening weekend!

  72. bonniebengal says: Aug 27, 2014 3:35 PM

    to notthetroll: The media has been beating up on those billionaires lately and a Gordon lawsuit would give them more ammunition . I think it would be a smart idea to sue. Ray Rice should have been out for at least two years based on this decision.

  73. thelastpieceofcheese says: Aug 27, 2014 3:39 PM

    Josh Gordon will appeal that his civil right to smoke as much weed as he wants was violated by the NFL.

  74. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 27, 2014 3:40 PM

    Sue them Josh. Get rid of this idiotic policy and idiotic Commissioner ASAP

  75. fate0111 says: Aug 27, 2014 3:44 PM

    Nobody ever said you get high from second hand smoke. It’s the fact that it enters your system. And the “allowable” amount by the NFL CBA is so ridiculously low that, yes, second hand smoke CAN trigger a failed test. This is exactly why the Olympic committee, the toughest in the world, upped the amount to 150ng whereas the NFL leaves it at 15ng.
    AND, federal law states that any state laws supersede that of any CBA. Now, with that being said, Ohio law states that regardless of order cup “A” and cup “B”, having come from the same sample, MUST BOTH be over the limit or the test is considered passed.
    Now, Josh Gordon was placed into stage 2 coming into the NFL based on his college test fails. That’s wrong in the first place. He has been subject to up to 10 tests a month since day 1. He passed every test he has ever taken in the NFL for marijuana with the exception of this one. That’s all the tests before it and all the tests after it. How do you get such a ridiculously low level in your system at one point and one point only. At some point, whether before or after this test, he would have had a higher level IF he were actually smoking weed himself.

  76. citiciti says: Aug 27, 2014 4:05 PM

    Better call Saul!!!!!

  77. keltictim says: Aug 27, 2014 4:14 PM

    I just love the Monday morning lawyers coming up with contrived excuses for why he shouldn’t be suspended. Do you understand an arbitrator is an independent third party who examines all evidence, and makes a straight down the middle ruling? That is just one of the reasons they are used so often, and why their decisions are final. He lost, he’s suspended, and I doubt the NFLPA, would allow him to sue. If he does, he will not have their backing.

  78. squinn21 says: Aug 27, 2014 4:18 PM

    If there was anything at all to do in Cleveland, maybe Gordon wouldn’t have to smoke a like a chimney.

  79. aaronwest says: Aug 27, 2014 4:21 PM

    So what have we learned? Punching a woman and dragging her out of an elevator is not as bad as just sitting in the elevator quietly, minding your own business, while she smokes weed.

    Sounds like justice to me.

  80. thetooloftools says: Aug 27, 2014 4:35 PM

    Gordon is just a dolt. He got pulled over here in Cleveland earlier this year and the police officer smelled weed and they searched the car and found pot, but one of the guys in the car claimed it was his. This guy is a stoner. It is what it is. The rules on pot in the NFL are ridiculous because it’s not a PED. They don’t even test for weed in the NBA because they would lose 1/2 the players. Gordon needs to man up and own it. Stop pointing the finger at others for YOUR problems that YOU created Josh.

  81. arianil985 says: Aug 27, 2014 4:38 PM

    Did I forget to mention my Vikings have been eliminated from the first round if the playoffs 48% of the time throughout our embarrassing history? It really is a joke of a franchise, am I right!!!!

  82. ubepunkedagain says: Aug 27, 2014 4:47 PM

    Well, looks like the Browns will get a chance to use the highly likely #1 overall pick that they receive from the Bills on a Receiver as insurance for Gordon or another QB.

  83. mark4steelers says: Aug 27, 2014 4:50 PM

    He’s Done. He’s going to be like Plaxico, worthless after his return.

  84. coloradical420 says: Aug 27, 2014 5:01 PM

    The state of Colorado should also sue the NFL. Let Josh smoke! At least he was out drinking and punching/sexually assaulting women or murdering a couple of people. Whats wrong with NFL players????

  85. tralfaz1127 says: Aug 27, 2014 5:27 PM

    He needs to just go away. And all you above need to quit comparing apples to oranges. He agreed to millions of dollars and to abide by the CBA, which included the testing rules. He and his union AGREED. And multiple offenders sometimes get hammered for small offenses, it is the accumulation of offenses that make a small offense get a massive penalty. He’ll get in trouble again, before the year is over.

  86. samoanjungle says: Aug 27, 2014 5:36 PM

    Gheez, just be a man and do your time.

    Nobody wants to be accountable nowadays.

    And the Browns knew he was suspended 2-3 times in College for weed when the drafted him so Browns fans should be angry at the organization and Gordon instead of the NFL.

  87. prosportsattorney says: Aug 27, 2014 5:48 PM

    The fact of the matter is Josh Gordon was in Stage 3 and he knew the consequences. Even if it was second hand smoke, he shouldn’t have put himself in that position.

    Until the rules are changed, they are still the rules. You break the rule, you take responsibility. It’s really a pretty simple concept.

  88. barneyrumble says: Aug 27, 2014 5:56 PM

    The current record for fewest touchdowns scored in a season is 3 by Cincinnati in 1933.

    This year’s Browns might break that record, unfortunately. See you all next season.
    —————–

    Wow 1933 Cincinnati Football Reds reference. Impressive!

  89. thesteelhurtin says: Aug 27, 2014 6:03 PM

    and this is what is wrong with America I didn’t get my way so I’m going to go cry to someone who will listen. The judge is not going to reverse The suspension and furthermore politicians and judges need to stay out of pro sports and worry about real problems.

  90. trollingforjustice says: Aug 27, 2014 6:07 PM

    where there’s smoke…there’s Gordon…………..

  91. scarletgray03 says: Aug 27, 2014 7:17 PM

    Facts are this — Gordan was put into Stage 1 for what happened in college. He was made to take a drug test before he was drafted and passed. So he was punished in college and the Nfl before he ever stepped on the field. Stage 2 came when he took a prescription cough medicine with codeine ( in the off season for strep throat and non performance enhancing). Stage 3 + for THC , one sample split into two samples. Two different results, should be the same results if from the same sample. He passed 70 straight test then all of a sudden barely registers a +. People need to get their facts straight before they bash the kid. Josh needs to fight this.

  92. pfu2 says: Aug 27, 2014 7:22 PM

    The NFL screwed that new head coach over big time!

  93. jerryjonessaidwhat says: Aug 27, 2014 8:47 PM

    Reminds me of a commercial that use to run in the 70′s

    Why do you think they call it dope

  94. johnnyquick says: Aug 27, 2014 9:02 PM

    The “low” dope result is because he smoked it 2-3 days before, which still makes it illegal.

  95. yardpenalty says: Aug 27, 2014 9:26 PM

    He needs to go all in and sue because he needs to stay clean anyways so if he can show he can stay clean until the court ruling the NFL may decide to settle. The Browns should also file a law suit for delaying the decision sooooooo long. Its not over yet

  96. ytownjoe says: Aug 27, 2014 9:41 PM

    Gordon passed 70 consecutive tests. The one he didn’t pass turned up at 16 nanograms per milliliter – just above the NFL threshold of 15 ng/ml. A nanogram is one billionth of a gram. THAT’S ONE BILLIONTH OF A GRAM!!!

  97. annes22 says: Aug 27, 2014 9:48 PM

    Josh Gordon needs to go away to rehab, and sort his life out. He’s been having problems since college and this is getting ridiculous. No one cares anymore except the Cleveland Browns, but they knew what they were getting into, so get over it and move on. Keep suing Josh and wasting your money, because you might not have much left soon.

  98. rexryansboobs says: Aug 27, 2014 10:16 PM

    sing it with me -

    I was gonna play ball for the browns, but then i got high

    I was gonna score a bunch of touchdowns, but then i got high

    Now my season’s over and I know why

    Because I got high,
    Because I got high,
    Because I got high.

  99. natijim235 says: Aug 27, 2014 10:48 PM

    Gordons best bet is to get his Sheeet together and obey the NFL policies – never mind suing!

  100. thefox61 says: Aug 27, 2014 11:17 PM

    If my team drafted Johnny Manziel I’d be smoking weed too

  101. cavington says: Aug 28, 2014 1:22 AM

    He’s done in the NFL. He has a whole year to himself now to try and stay clean. Like any substance abuser he won’t be able to stop himself. Brownies should just do themselves a favor and release him and own up for the mistake of not trading him last year. Now it blew up in their face and will continue to blow up in their face like Nuclear Fission.

  102. radar8 says: Aug 28, 2014 10:20 AM

    Players NEVER admit to wrong-doing. Ever. They’re always innocent.

    “I didn’t realize that a banned substance was in my medication”. “I was just taking vitamins”. “It was second-hand smoke”.

    For once I’d like to see a player man-up and admit that he did the deed.

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