Josh Gordon escapes new drug policy by pleading guilty to DUI charges

AP

Some portions of the new drug policy will be retroactive.  Some won’t.

Browns receiver Josh Gordon has pleaded guilty to driving while impaired.  Under the new drug policy, a first offense will trigger a two-game suspension.  Under the old drug policy, a first offense ordinaily results in no suspension and a maximum fine of $50,000.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Gordon pleaded guilty now to ensure that he will not receive an automatic, mandatory two-game suspension for the DUI charges.  (Under the old drug policy, a suspension is possible for first-offense DUI, if a player has had other issues under the substance-abuse policy.)

The guilty plea was submitted by Gordon’s lawyer; he was not required to appear personally in court.  In exchange for the plea, Gordon received a 60-day suspended sentence.  He also must pay a $100 fine. His driver’s license has been suspended.

Gordon is expected to be suspended a total of 10 games under the new substance-abuse policy.  Previously, he had been suspended for the entire 2014 season.

56 responses to “Josh Gordon escapes new drug policy by pleading guilty to DUI charges

  1. Thank God Im a Redskins fan. Our players and front office members don’t beat anyone or drink uncontrollably or do anything that brings awful attention on and off the field. No wonder God’s favorite team is the Washington Redskins. #HTTR

  2. This is the same thing that caused the Rice uproar – inconsistency with policy.

    If you’re going to retroactively grant him leniency for his year long suspension from four drug offenses, he should be retroactively punished under the same policy for his DUI, which is clearly the worse transgresssion.

    this selective leniency smacks of the same thing that caused the NFL’s current fiasco with DV. Gordon is not basically exploiting the system to get off on multiple fronts.

  3. What a joke the NFL is now…Goodell should be canned and Gordon should sit out an entire year. You’re given a lifetime opportunity and screw up not once, but three times.. Come on.

  4. If its true that Gordon blew a .09 and the limit is .08…

    If its true that Gordon tested .13 and .17 ng and the limit is .15…

    I hereby declare Josh Gordon as the worlds unluckiest person.

  5. This dude’s been suspended more times than a baseball game in a monsoon, but he’s the victim?

    Why? Honestly what message does this send to everyone who would have you believe he’s been wronged. This isn’t a second chance thing, this is now a fifth chance that, most likely, he’ll ruin a month based on prior history.

  6. Can Gordon still seek an injunction? His 10 game ban seems suspect seeing how his past sample wouldn’t qualify as a positive test under the new rule proposals.

  7. With all the Rice/AP bruhaha, Gordon could have snuck back onto the field next week and not a soul would have said a thing…

  8. So let me get this clear…. he just took a job working at a CAR DEALORSHIP and he just got a suspended license for 60 days. Is he gonna be suspended from that job too?

  9. Wow the NFL is a laughing stock. There are 4 to 5 extremely negative media threads running concurrently against the NFL and then they throw this – which will be very controversial – on top of it.

  10. Does anyone seriously think that this guy can stay out of trouble?

    He’ll be out of the league within two more years.

  11. Gordon is still an idiot!
    It’s his high priced lawyers that are smart.
    Loopholes in the new system make this a mockery of the NFL possible.
    The commissioner shouldn’t be bought or influenced by the owners. Should be independent.

  12. Can someone explain what the 10 games is for?

    I thought under the new deal his level was way under it. I just haven’t heard an explanation of what the 10 games is for.

  13. If Peterson can beat two kids, McDonald can beat his pregnant fiancee, and Hardy can beat his girlfriend in front of a room full of witnesses and they are on the field, it seems a little silly to have him out for a year for hitting a blunt.

    The drunk driving is serious and should be treated as such, though. Hopefully the new substance abuse policy comes with free counseling.

  14. The NFL really needs to get it’s act together when it comes to punishment. Beating women and kids should be pretty harsh punishments. DUI’s should as well. PEDs should be a handful of games and escalate with repeat offenders. Smoking, maybe a game or two and then escalate when repeat offenders.
    A bad biased commish … ousted.

  15. Does that mean that Cheech and Chong errrr…Bell and Blount are headed for 2 game suspensions? Or do they get a pass for being Steelers?

  16. Thank God Im a Redskins fan. Our players and front office members don’t beat anyone or drink uncontrollably or do anything that brings awful attention on and off the field. No wonder God’s favorite team is the Washington Redskins. #HTTR

    Yea you’d rather waste money on Albert Haynesworth and give up 2 first rounders for a BUSTED QB.

  17. Blame the system and Goodell all you want, but guess who was given chance after chance after chance and STILL violated the drug policy: Josh Gordon.

  18. Aldon Smith has a DUI, weapons charges, makes a bomb threat at a Los Angeles airport. What does he receive…a nine game suspension.

    TheSteeler Dooby Brothers drive down a Pittsburgh road with smoke and weed smell blowing out of their car window like a Cheech and Chong movie and get arrested, what do they receive…NOTHING.

    Josh Gordon passes 70 drug tests in a row, barley fails one test while the other test said he passes and what does he receive…a one year suspension reduced to ten games.

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE!!!

  19. Aldon Smith has a DUI, weapons charges, makes a bomb threat at a Los Angeles airport. What does he receive…a nine game suspension.

    The Steeler Dooby Brothers drive down a Pittsburgh road with smoke and weed smell blowing out of their car window like a Cheech and Chong movie and get arrested, what do they receive…NOTHING…NOTHING…NOTHING

    Josh Gordon passes 70 drug tests in a row, barley fails one test while the other test said he passes and what does he receive…a one year suspension reduced to ten games.

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE!!!

  20. Smart move, if true its still a joke that this guy has to serve any suspension. Smoke weed your considered a problem child, beat your kids, punch your wife, kill a friend and you can play.

    The NFL is such a clown show.

  21. logicalvoicesays says:
    Sep 16, 2014 1:41 PM

    Thank God Im a Redskins fan. Our players and front office members don’t beat anyone or drink uncontrollably or do anything that brings awful attention on and off the field.
    ———————————————–
    Not yet they haven’t. But now that you mention it- There goes the whammy!

  22. logicalvoicesays says:
    Sep 16, 2014 1:41 PM
    Thank God Im a Redskins fan. Our players and front office members don’t beat anyone or drink uncontrollably or do anything that brings awful attention on and off the field. No wonder God’s favorite team is the Washington Redskins. #HTTR

    ———————————————–
    You’re right. They don’t beat anyone. #RG3rdstring

  23. A $100 fine for driving impaired? Wow, that’ll teach him. I hope I get that judge if I get a DUI. What a joke.

  24. His lawyer should be ashamed!!! .09 when the legal limit is .08???? $2500-$5,000 and any competent lawyer gets you reckless op and a fine. And before the high and mighty idiots on here go all ballistic this is just reality. No one with an attorney pleads guilty for .01 over the limit…ever

  25. Can anyone take the time to explain to viewers how the NFL came to a 10 game suspension for Josh Gordon? Over at ProFootballTalk there was several sportswriters saying that in theory under the new drug policy Gordon’s suspension should be zero.
    And if you count 10 games that would be Nov 6th counting the bye week.
    So why is Gordon eligbile to play week12 Nov23?
    None of this seems to make sense. My head hurts thinking about it. Please somebody shed some clarity on the matter.

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