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Source: NFL upholds Josh Gordon suspension

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Nearly four months after the NFL proposed a one-year suspension for Browns receiver Josh Gordon, a decision has been reached on his appeal.

Per a league source, hearing officer Harold Henderson has upheld the one-year suspension for Gordon’s latest violation of the subtance-abuse policy.

It means that Gordon will be banished from the team and the league for a full calendar year.  He’ll be eligible for reinstatement as of August 27, 2015, only days before the start of the 2015 regular season.

We’ll have plenty of news and angles and reaction as the day unfolds.  For now, the headline is that the Browns will have to make it through all of the 2014 season without one of the best receivers in the NFL.

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  1. opinevain says: Aug 27, 2014 12:42 PM

    And people actually picked him in fantasy thinking he wouldn’t get suspended

  2. joemammy says: Aug 27, 2014 12:43 PM

    I call shenannigans on this one, Roger.

  3. thepftpoet says: Aug 27, 2014 12:44 PM

    Let’s be honest.

    Josh Gordon deserves this suspension.

    He’s a criminal.

    Let’s look at a real class act, like Adrian Peterson.

    Him and the Minnesota Vikings organization are the standard of the NFL.

    This is why we are the best team, on the field and off the field.

  4. conde89 says: Aug 27, 2014 12:44 PM

    KEEP ON SMOKIN GUYS!!!

  5. We BUF MIA NE NYJ BAL CIN CLE HOU IND TEN JAX SD DEN KC OAK NYG PHI WAS DAL MIN DET GB CHI ATL NO TB CAR SEA SF STL & ARI support the relocation of all Steelers fans to another planet as theyre an embarrassment to humanity and the beautiful Earth says: Aug 27, 2014 12:44 PM

    Whoops!

  6. jeremycrowhurst says: Aug 27, 2014 12:44 PM

    Let the litigation begin. Ray Rice, you’re Exhibit 1.

  7. audient says: Aug 27, 2014 12:44 PM

    See you next year, Josh. The NFL screws Cleveland again.

  8. youpeopleareallthesame says: Aug 27, 2014 12:44 PM

    It took them that long to come up with this??

    If I’m the Browns I’m really angry because that means they won’t have him for most of the preseason next year too.

  9. robert831 says: Aug 27, 2014 12:44 PM

    WEAK! What a terrible decision. He was the only reason to watch the Browns, besides Johnny EightBalls implosion.

  10. kwgator says: Aug 27, 2014 12:44 PM

    Josh Gordon should call Sam Bradford, rent a home and spend the Fall in The Poconos

  11. camdenyard says: Aug 27, 2014 12:45 PM

    Too bad for Clowny. But seriously, they should have made the year retroactive to the date of the appeal. This is just kicking sand in their faces.

  12. Eutaw's Finest says: Aug 27, 2014 12:45 PM

    Let’s not forget: next year he will also face ANOTHER suspension for the DUI, likely two games.

    This kid spends more time away from football than Gronk. At least Gronk isn’t self-medicating.

  13. mrhighlyevolved says: Aug 27, 2014 12:45 PM

    Thanks for taking your sweet time with that decision… Ugh.

  14. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins says: Aug 27, 2014 12:45 PM

    And the NFL continues to make a mockery of itself. Are they even aware of how ridiculous this looks, or do they just not care?

  15. enasty610 says: Aug 27, 2014 12:45 PM

    Ridiculous!

  16. dickshotdogs says: Aug 27, 2014 12:45 PM

    Who’s really surprised? I personally am glad that the first of my three fantasy drafts is tonight. Sorry for the selfish response.

  17. poetpft says: Aug 27, 2014 12:45 PM

    just beat a female Josh, and we should expect to see you back in no time!

  18. lks311 says: Aug 27, 2014 12:45 PM

    Well, all-in-all, that couldn’t have turned out much worse. Not only do the Browns lose him for all of 2014 but, by appealing, they lose him for all of next seasons training camp as well.

    #DoOver

  19. philipdebin says: Aug 27, 2014 12:45 PM

    Appeal!!!

  20. titansbro says: Aug 27, 2014 12:45 PM

    Ray Rice!!!!

  21. JackedUpSports says: Aug 27, 2014 12:45 PM

    This league is becoming so convoluted. We’re talking about weed people!

  22. ctiggs says: Aug 27, 2014 12:45 PM

    Why wouldnt they just do this 2 weeks ago?

  23. clg82 says: Aug 27, 2014 12:45 PM

    This blows my mind! I’m not a browns fan or ravens fan. I’m just a fan with an ounce of common sense and know that if you hit your fiance and drag her out of an elevator it should be a harsher penalty than 2 games……what in the hell is the NFL thinking!?!?!?

  24. tqaztec says: Aug 27, 2014 12:46 PM

    A whole year off. What could go wrong?

  25. tolan04 says: Aug 27, 2014 12:46 PM

    Still mind boggling they never drafted a wr early knowing this could happen. That’s the brownies for ya

  26. ctiggs says: Aug 27, 2014 12:46 PM

    Oh Yea #Nobodyhasitbetter

  27. edavidberg says: Aug 27, 2014 12:46 PM

    Wow. What took so long?

  28. dmretrogames says: Aug 27, 2014 12:46 PM

    Josh – Next time, knock your wife out cold in public. That’s only worth two games.

  29. realfootballfan says: Aug 27, 2014 12:46 PM

    Told you.

  30. marcolamorsa says: Aug 27, 2014 12:46 PM

    PUFF, PUFF AND POOF….

  31. balsagna says: Aug 27, 2014 12:46 PM

    Off to court we go.

  32. mikea311 says: Aug 27, 2014 12:46 PM

    he should have just beat up a woman.

  33. detroitdawg says: Aug 27, 2014 12:46 PM

    The way the NFL handled this situation is a joke! If this was going to be the outcome why wouldn’t they have just suspended him so they team doesn’t get hurt? I really don’t understand how the nfl operates. You knock out a woman you get 2 games, if you test positive on 1 of 2 tests you get banned for a year. Goodell is a clown.

  34. dawgpoundjedi says: Aug 27, 2014 12:46 PM

    It took them this long to come back to where they started? This should be amended due to the NFL having dragged their feet so long on this. Take away this season – that’s fair – but to damage next season is bullcrap. This is screwing the Browns, not just Gordon – and the Browns weren’t at fault here.

    Absolutely ridiculous.

  35. mikea311 says: Aug 27, 2014 12:47 PM

    if he beats up a woman will he get some games back?

  36. sanjosecupcrazy says: Aug 27, 2014 12:47 PM

    And the delay for a month on this was due to….. what? I’m not even going to bother with the obvious comparisons to the Ray Rice suspension. I used to really like Roger Goodell. The guy has become the worst commissioner in sports and, by far, the worst the NFL has ever had. It’s getting old.

    —NOT a Cleveland Browns fan

  37. eddiedbangedflorioswife says: Aug 27, 2014 12:47 PM

    All you can do is hope this is an eye opener for this young man. I love me some bud occasionally as well but we talking eight figures here..

  38. mkmoorebrowns says: Aug 27, 2014 12:47 PM

    Seems legit……

    Signed, Ray Rice

  39. ctiggs says: Aug 27, 2014 12:48 PM

    With the first pick of the 2014 NFL Draft the Cleveland Browns Select …….. Jameis Winston Florida State

    – Roger Goddell

  40. sewalters79 says: Aug 27, 2014 12:48 PM

    Wow, the NFL has serious Character issues if this is true!

    Beat a women unconscious come back by week 3!

    Smoke Weed, 1 year ban!

    The NFL is becoming a Joke!

  41. thepftpoet says: Aug 27, 2014 12:48 PM

    (Petition to just give the Minnesota Vikings our deserved Super Bowl ring this year)

    We’re 100x better than the next team out there.

    Just give us our deserved Lombardi Trophy.

    #Skol

  42. texansdan says: Aug 27, 2014 12:48 PM

    Called it. Gotta treat even the star players the same as everyone else. Clear rule, clear violation. See ya next September.

  43. ctiggs says: Aug 27, 2014 12:48 PM

    correction 2015 draft

  44. trollhammer20 says: Aug 27, 2014 12:48 PM

    On further review, it’s probably not the best idea to get busted for a DUI in the middle of the appeals process. Just sayin’….

  45. Patskrieg dot com says: Aug 27, 2014 12:49 PM

    The streets are safe in Cleveland now that Josh Gordon has time to sit around and do a harmless recreational drug instead of going to work.

  46. dickshotdogs says: Aug 27, 2014 12:49 PM

    Could they not have done this a month ago, in order to allow him to participate in all of training camp in 2015?

  47. j0esixpack says: Aug 27, 2014 12:49 PM

    We all saw this coming – but when Roger Goodell suspends a guy who beat his wife unconscious for two games, and then suspends a non-violent offender for an entire YEAR we all have to ask the question:

    What is Roger Goodell smoking???

  48. brownnorange00 says: Aug 27, 2014 12:49 PM

    Way to cost him next preseason too Roger.

  49. seatownballers says: Aug 27, 2014 12:50 PM

    Thank good he didn’t hit a woman in public. Oh wait, ,,

    Sickening that nfl now wants to change its policy on domestic violence after rice.Yet no change of rules when it comes to pot

  50. bucksnknucks says: Aug 27, 2014 12:50 PM

    Glad the league drug this out…..now they can get on to slapping the hand of Jim Irsay. #FireGoodell

  51. trumb1mj says: Aug 27, 2014 12:50 PM

    This makes the Ray Rice situation all the more appalling. Getting busted smoking pot multiple times is 8x worse than beating your wife…

  52. runwright44 says: Aug 27, 2014 12:50 PM

    Hope the NFL explains in detail how they arrived at this decision. I’ll bet Gordon takes this to court.

  53. kaspauf says: Aug 27, 2014 12:50 PM

    So the nature of the incident is out weighed by the frequency of it… interesting….

  54. sellout1983 says: Aug 27, 2014 12:50 PM

    The NFL has jumped the shark.

  55. dshady3327 says: Aug 27, 2014 12:51 PM

    Thats ridiculous, but rules is rules.

  56. ss3walkman says: Aug 27, 2014 12:51 PM

    Apparently Ray Rice, you’re the real MVP

  57. jumbomesquite says: Aug 27, 2014 12:51 PM

    What sense does this make? Yes, he’s broken the rules and the law. But seriously, compared to what Ray Rice did? And Rice’s wasn’t even a he said/she said situation, we all SAW it. What kind of message does this NFL “justice” send to kids?

  58. baltimoresnativeson says: Aug 27, 2014 12:51 PM

    Young athletes like to smoke pot?

    No, I don’t believe that.

  59. rajbais says: Aug 27, 2014 12:51 PM

    Our nightmare is over!!!

    Cleveland’s has just started … again.

  60. sdelmonte says: Aug 27, 2014 12:51 PM

    It’s a silly punishment, but it’s what the league and the players negotiated. It’s not fair but it is the rule. And Gordon knew that.

    When they reopen the CBA, this will be fixed. But probably not till then.

  61. dsonashville28 says: Aug 27, 2014 12:51 PM

    Josh should have punched the collector in the mouth and knocked him unconscious. He then would have been able to play Week 3.

  62. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 27, 2014 12:51 PM

    The NFL has become totally detached from the vast majority of their fans and are on a steamroller of things that piss us off.

    Most of the country wants weed legalized and yet they suspend someone a full season for it. But domestic abuse means next to nothing to the league. Fans hate the emphasis on pass interference and letting the DBs have some ability to play, yet the league is shoving that down our throats. The push for 18 game seasons, more teams in playoffs, a lot of other ideas the league has are all things the majority of the fans DO NOT WANT.

    Keep it up NFL, you’re starting to drive fans away and soon it will go from a trickle to a boatloads.

  63. knightbeast says: Aug 27, 2014 12:52 PM

    Because partaking of an herb native to planet Earth is a far more serious offense than punching a woman’s, or anyone’s face in. Nice message to the kids Commissioner…

  64. peopletrains says: Aug 27, 2014 12:52 PM

    Marijuana laws and rules are dumb. That being said, it’s the NFL’s rule. He should get some credit for ‘time served’. The amount of time it took is ridiculous.

  65. gentlebenno says: Aug 27, 2014 12:52 PM

    The fact that it took them this long to arrive at the same decision indicates something’s very fishy here.

  66. draftazoid says: Aug 27, 2014 12:52 PM

    Now he can go home and smoke the dope for a WHOLE YEAR and come back clean.
    Get it out of his system.

  67. buccan33rz1976 says: Aug 27, 2014 12:53 PM

    Good.

  68. patfanken says: Aug 27, 2014 12:53 PM

    Roger Goodell justice in full display. Ray Rice gets 2 games for knocking out a woman, and Josh Gordon gets a full year for a very very questionable MJ test. What a joke.

    When are the owners going to learn, that even though the money keeps rolling in the game the claim to be guardians of is rapidly declining . The NFL will soon stand for National flag football League

  69. jchipwood says: Aug 27, 2014 12:53 PM

    Bill Billicheck and Josh Gordon have similar career paths. Both in the nfl and both broke the rules multiple times. Gordon faces his suspension where as Billicheck continues to to cheat with false info on injury reports and breaking rules that cost them games, like last year jets game, and then uses the excuse “i didnt know” and nothing happens to him. So my point is if your going to break the rules then you should be punished no matter how you decide to cheat.

  70. swortybounce says: Aug 27, 2014 12:53 PM

    What do you get when you add a Blackmon + a Gordon?

    When you find out let me know, because i’m sure it’ll be plenty of fun.

  71. doctorrustbelt says: Aug 27, 2014 12:54 PM

    REMINDER: It is still your job to blame it ALLLLLLLL on Brandon Weeden and give a free pass to suspended josh gordon, cut Greg Little, and cut and institutionalized Davone Bess

  72. uglydingo says: Aug 27, 2014 12:54 PM

    Get the attorneys on this. The variance in results from the pee test sample A and sample B shows that the testing protocol is flawed and for this, Josh Gordon is suspended for 1 year.
    It was so important for the NFL to show leniency re Ray Rice. It is obvious to everyone that the suspension system is ridiculous.

  73. billybone says: Aug 27, 2014 12:54 PM

    Although dumb to suspend him for weed the rules are the rules and we all have the choice to abide by the rules or risk getting in trouble for breaking them. What I don’t understand is banishing him from the team. Sure, don’t let him play but what harm is there to allow him to watch practice, games, and sit in meetings? Sounds like the kid could benefit from being around a structured support group.

  74. watchfullhose says: Aug 27, 2014 12:54 PM

    They took a month for THAT?

  75. mrlaloosh says: Aug 27, 2014 12:54 PM

    “I was I gonna be an All-Pro but, I got high”……

  76. skinsrock says: Aug 27, 2014 12:55 PM

    “Welcome to the club.”

    – Pacman Jones
    – Tanard Jackson
    – Fred Davis
    – Sean Payton
    – Greg Williams

    Gordon didn’t help himself when he got the DWI.

  77. dumbpollack says: Aug 27, 2014 12:55 PM

    As a Browns fan I would have thought this was fair….a month ago!! Now it jerks with our team next year. Why can’t they retro this thing? We win 5 games with or without him.

  78. calicowboysfan86 says: Aug 27, 2014 12:55 PM

    I hope he gets himself together. Such a waste of talent. Dude needs to be on the field.

  79. kepdogg23 says: Aug 27, 2014 12:55 PM

    If you are looking for an argument against Ray Rice, I don’t think Josh Gordon is your best example!! The guy smokes every day!!!

  80. antalicus says: Aug 27, 2014 12:56 PM

    They probably dragged their feet because they weren’t afraid Josh Gordon would smoke them out and drag them into an elevator.

  81. tobymo says: Aug 27, 2014 12:56 PM

    Unreal. How is it that players can assault women and get a two game suspension (Ray Rice) or a four game suspension for suspected sexual assault (Ben Roethlisberger) but Josh Gordon smoked some weed and gets suspended for a year?

    Herr Goddell needs to get his priorities in order.

  82. derpadeederpjetsyjet says: Aug 27, 2014 12:56 PM

    remember kids in order to relieve stress properly punch a woman in the face, don’t smoke pot its bad for you…

  83. Chuck Norris says: Aug 27, 2014 12:57 PM

    Dear Mike Pettine,

    I suggest you get Josh into the building immidiately. When he arrives, put him in cuffs, and drag him to an undiclosed location, and lock him in there for there for the next 12 months. Be sure to provide him everything he needs, just like he was sitting at his own house. Give him all the fitness equipment he could ever use so he doesnt get out of shape, etc.

    Otherwise, without football, and left to his own devices, he wont ever see a football field again

  84. draftazoid says: Aug 27, 2014 12:57 PM

    Josh Gordon did not have to appeal.
    He decided to appeal and now he gets to miss all of training camp next year.
    He should have just stuck with the initial decision.

  85. GettingNoRespect says: Aug 27, 2014 12:58 PM

    I understand upholding the suspension, but the delay is unfair. They should suspend him until like March or April of 2015. That way he is out this entire year, but they don’t screw him for working out for next year’s season.

  86. hmink96 says: Aug 27, 2014 12:58 PM

    How do some of you not get it? The guy has made this same mistake, many times over. He also made this same mistake 2 months after this suspension was announced. Ray Rice’s incident was the first of its kind. Gordon is getting a year for his habitual violation of rules.

  87. randomcommenter says: Aug 27, 2014 12:58 PM

    Gordon said he’s disappointed the NFL didn’t use better judgement.

    That sums it all up. He doesn’t think he’s done anything wrong. He will get caught again.

    At age 23, he is choosing weed over being a multi-millionaire.

    You can save the argument that weed should be legal. It is forbidden by his employer just like most people can’t show up in the office in board shorts or bikinis.

  88. kosarkid says: Aug 27, 2014 12:58 PM

    It’s going to be a long year. I hope the Browns hired a sitter for Josh to keep him out of trouble. I really hope he takes this to court and can still play. Then the Browns can draft or trade for a WR for next year.

  89. dickjagger says: Aug 27, 2014 12:59 PM

    All of you need to quite crying about Rice and comparing their situations. I agree Rice should have gotten at least an extra 4-6 games on top of the two, but this is different. Gordon has screwed up “multiple times” including putting himself in a situation where he could have killed somebody for driving drunk (really, can’t afford a car service). The rules clearly state these things and he continues to break them anyway! No sympathy for this guy.

  90. sportsfan18 says: Aug 27, 2014 1:00 PM

    Johnny Football to America…

    “See why I intentionally let Herr… uh, Hoyter… whoever he is win the starting QB job?”

  91. ajas95 says: Aug 27, 2014 1:01 PM

    Suspended from the team as well… ie banned from the team facilities. Seems like the worst way to deal with a person with a substance abuse problem– isolate him from the team.

    But I guess the idea is to isolate the team from him

  92. doob187 says: Aug 27, 2014 1:01 PM

    He is gonna miss a few weeks next year too for the DUI… hate you Roger

  93. jayhawk6 says: Aug 27, 2014 1:03 PM

    Why so long handing down this decision? It is almost as bad as the NFL demanding to be paid a percentage of monies earned by the half time talent–who perform for free at the Super Bowl– after they are back on the road.

    They should listen to Mark Cuban’s warning, rather than act like the Mafia.

  94. justafan2014 says: Aug 27, 2014 1:04 PM

    Rule is a rule. Stop making excuses for the kid. How dumb do you have to be?
    Rule clearly states no smoking pot.. So he smokes pot, then looks for pitty and states the league should’ve used better discretion?

    Who cares what happen to ray rice, has absolutely ZERO relevance to Gordon’s inept perseverance.

  95. thesteelhurtin says: Aug 27, 2014 1:04 PM

    Eutaw’s Finest says:
    Aug 27, 2014 12:45 PM
    Let’s not forget: next year he will also face ANOTHER suspension for the DUI, likely two games.

    This kid spends more time away from football than Gronk. At least Gronk isn’t self-medicating.

    _________
    It actually could be a lot longer since he is already in the leagues substance abuse program. If they go by the book he could be looking at a indefinent suspension.

  96. yardpenalty says: Aug 27, 2014 1:06 PM

    He will end up winning this in court

  97. belichicksmissingsleeves says: Aug 27, 2014 1:06 PM

    Let’s see here:

    In the Substance Abuse Program for something he did before entering the league: How is that legal?

    Suspended for codeine syrup prescribed to him by a doctor: How is that legal?

    Half of his urine tested positive against an unreasonable standard for marijuana. The other half did not. According to Ohio law, both tests must be positive.

    Josh Gordon is clearly not the brightest guy in the world and obviously does not associate with the best group of people, but what has actually done wrong? Certainly not enough to warrant this suspension.

  98. ravioles says: Aug 27, 2014 1:10 PM

    If the dummy didn’t get a DUI like a week after his announced failed drug test I think the league would have been more lenient. Don’t understand the people crying that his suspension is too long. He could have killed someone.

  99. thesteelhurtin says: Aug 27, 2014 1:11 PM

    yardpenalty says:
    Aug 27, 2014 1:06 PM
    He will end up winning this in court

    ________________
    How’d that work out for the vikes players

  100. grumpyoldskinsfan says: Aug 27, 2014 1:11 PM

    Serves him right for sittin’ around all day smoking wacky tobacky and listening to rap music.

  101. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 27, 2014 1:21 PM

    The only way to wake up the NFL and idiot Goodell is to not watch and not go to the games. Based on watching the pre-season, which o by the way, owners charge full price for the tickets for that garbage, the NFL is on a downward trend. I hope all of these scumbags lose all of their money and finally get what they deserve.

    They have pissed me off enough not to watch. There’s only 2-3 games per week worth watching anyway

  102. RegisHawk says: Aug 27, 2014 1:24 PM

    Considering the League offices consist of roughly 80+% lawyers, I don’t think threatening to sue will do much.

    There is a process/protocol for handling substance abuse, with a series of stages and penalties for subsequent offenses. You are seeing the result of it with regard to Josh Gordon. He is a repeat offender, which is why he’s up to a year suspension on this case.

    There is no process/protocol for handling Domestic Violence. You may think Goodell let Rice off easy, but there was no system in place to say what the penalty should be. He is trying to establish one now with the NFL PA (who didn’t blink one way or the other over Rice’s suspension).

  103. csbanter says: Aug 27, 2014 1:27 PM

    The NFL got this right. Now they must implement the domestic violence upgraded suspension. Browns fans Gordon did this to himself.

  104. timmons94 says: Aug 27, 2014 1:30 PM

    Can we please get rid of roger goodell once and for all . Ray rice belongs in jail. But in Ratland will have a statue built. Meanwhile that dump of a city can’t get more than 16k to watch the orioles. Maybe they need to murder, throw bleach or knock women out to get more support

  105. stewart09 says: Aug 27, 2014 1:43 PM

    Roger you have convinced me you are a psychotic yes man who has no idea of his own hypocrisy, a kid smokes something that is legal in 2 of the states you operate but the owner of a team is arrested with several worse things but you turn a blind-eye (just like the justice system apparently)

  106. yardpenalty says: Aug 27, 2014 1:49 PM

    Suspended WR Josh Gordon can apply for reinstatement at the end of the 2014 season.
    It’s technically just a season-long ban for Gordon, not a calendar-year suspension. It’s a glimmer of good news. Gordon will be away from the Browns for roughly 5-6 months, as long as he keeps his nose clean. Gordon took and passed over 70 drug tests, but failed the one that led to this suspension by 0.01 nanograms per milliliter. Gordon’s agent needs to surround him with good people while he’s away from the game. He has a ton of football ahead of him.

    THE NFL IS BECOMING A JOKE. THANKS FOR RUINING THE GAME

  107. yardpenalty says: Aug 27, 2014 1:50 PM

    Let’s see here:

    In the Substance Abuse Program for something he did before entering the league: How is that legal?

    Suspended for codeine syrup prescribed to him by a doctor: How is that legal?

    Half of his urine tested positive against an unreasonable standard for marijuana. The other half did not. According to Ohio law, both tests must be positive.

    Josh Gordon is clearly not the brightest guy in the world and obviously does not associate with the best group of people, but what has actually done wrong? Certainly not enough to warrant this suspension.

    Right on.

  108. grift778 says: Aug 27, 2014 1:52 PM

    How many of you actually followed this its .015 positive. If he was in the mlb or any other sport he would have passed. His second sample was.0139 which is passing. What is even the point of two samples….to convict. So the comparison to domestic violence this would be verbal abuse… The NFL is has double standards, just because you make rules doesn’t mean the rules aren’t retarded.

  109. RegisHawk says: Aug 27, 2014 1:59 PM

    He’s free to play baseball…very free now.

    If he wants to play football, those are the standards they use.

    It’s legal to drink, so why don’t you show up to work drunk tomorrow and tell them how there’s nothing they can do about it.

  110. toosano says: Aug 27, 2014 2:03 PM

    You get paid millions yet you can’t figure out how to not use drugs. To be so blessed and so stupid at the same time. The difference between him making millions and working at McDonalds is that he can catch a little oval ball. Jeesh.

  111. Ben Jackson says: Aug 27, 2014 2:33 PM

    C’mon guys. You’re all complaining like all Gordon did was beat up his wife and drag her unconscious from an elevator.

    I mean, this guy violated a policy! More than once! Have you no sense of moral outrage?

  112. vikesfansteve says: Aug 27, 2014 2:48 PM

    When Gordon was suspended last year for 2 games it was for Codine (purple drank). But here’s the caviat, to get a suspension it has to be at minimum the 2nd failed drug test. So this years suspension is his at minimum 3rd drug violation. Then he and his lawyers tried to argue that he tested positive for Marijuana due to second hand smoke. He was suspended in 2011 from Baylor for weed also. That made him not eligible for the 2011 supplemental draft and he was drafted in the 2012 supplemental. He had 805 yds 5 TD’s his rookie yr and nearly 1700 yds and 9 TDs last year in only 14 games.

    One good thing for the Browns with this yr suspension is that they will now have him under contract until 2016 under his current rookie deal instead of 2015. Bad thing is when he returns from suspension he will then have to face up to his latest DUI charges. It’s ugly.

    Ray Rice is a scumbag and all but he wasn’t on his 3rd strike and per the CBA it’s written and agreed upon. If it’s your third strike you are suspended for a year no if’s and’s or but’s. Gordon is going down the Justin Blackmon road and its just sad.

  113. annapterp says: Aug 27, 2014 2:52 PM

    Are people really that slooow to keep comparing Gordon to Rice?!! They are not related in ANY way. Gordon is suspended for a year because that’s what the drug policy that was agreed to in the CBA says he should be suspended. Multiple offender of the drug policy. It really is that simple and the Ray Rice issue has nothing to do with it.

  114. chargrz says: Aug 27, 2014 4:19 PM

    NFL is a Joke!

  115. colv says: Aug 27, 2014 4:32 PM

    Comparisons to Rice is wrong, different circumstances, Rice from what we know is a first time offender. If this behavior was more then one really bad night in his life, then yes he needs to be an example and given min four game suspension. It’s Immature fans on these post, living vicariously thru their teams, thinking they are remotely connected to the organizations like the Bengals, Steelers, Browns and Ravens. You sound like little kids saying I’m better then you are! Grow up and enjoy the sport with constructive dialogue. I bet these quite a few of the players and coaches make in one year what most of you that post stupid ignorant pointless, mine is bigger, better, longer, then yours comments, in a lifetime.

  116. Canton Bulldogs says: Aug 27, 2014 4:49 PM

    People seem to forget the CBA spells out exactly what to do to a stage 3 offender of a non performance enhancing drug. The CBA has no guidelines, yet, for domestic violence. If ya’ll want to lynch something go after the rules that the NFL and players agreed to.

  117. mark4steelers says: Aug 27, 2014 5:16 PM

    Josh Gordon is the only one who should be held accountable for his suspension & how it impacts the Browns. This isn’t the NFL’s, Goodell’s or the Arbitrator’s fault. The simple truth is Gordon is a Brown and as such, just can’t help but sabotage the team’s potential. His self-destructive behavior coupled with the selection of Manziel guarantees their sinking to the bottom of the AFC North for another couple of years.

  118. imjonnull says: Aug 27, 2014 10:19 PM

    NFL is generating their own fantasy traffic now by waiting so long to announce this suspension. Our league charges $5 per trade (but also smart enough not to draft Josh Gordon).

  119. imjonnull says: Aug 27, 2014 10:24 PM

    That’s about a $1.7mil doobie whoever smoked and JG was second-hand inhaling.

  120. bringin1234 says: Aug 28, 2014 8:54 AM

    This just makes me laugh….everyone saying “Its just weed!” Well guess what, its an illegal substance AND its in the CBA that the players agreed too. The guy legitimately needs help. Maybe the time off will do him some good.

    Id be mad if I was a Browns fan because even before the draft I thought they would nab Watkins to go along with Gordon in the future. Just think, they could have had Watkins and say Roby as a DB and then gotten Car in the 2nd round, or traded back into the first for Manziel.

    ouch.

  121. ranimal59 says: Aug 28, 2014 2:55 PM

    Everyone is making way to big of deal out of this please explain to me why Josh is a criminal ? Because he smoked weed ok him Ray Rice beats his wife and no one bats an eye weed is a plant not a crime it’s not like he was using some performance enhancing drug it was marijuana the NFL is bias against him because he is a great player on a bad team people need to stop getting there pantries in.a ruffle and realize what he did is not bad period end of story

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