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

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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.

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56 Responses to “Josh Gordon escapes new drug policy by pleading guilty to DUI charges”
  1. gnashty says: Sep 16, 2014 1:38 PM

    #FreeJoshGordon

  2. joeflaccoallday says: Sep 16, 2014 1:38 PM

    Very smart and clutch thinking.

  3. gochargersgo says: Sep 16, 2014 1:38 PM

    Clever girl….

  4. cdrion21 says: Sep 16, 2014 1:39 PM

    The smartest thing he has done since being drafted.

  5. brownsmakemecrazy says: Sep 16, 2014 1:40 PM

    Smh. Why don’t these morons in the league office make it simple and start when the new policy goes into effect and wipe out all the prior suspensions?

  6. 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

  7. hakunamangata says: Sep 16, 2014 1:41 PM

    Please remind me again of how he’s a victim of an archaic system that he’s violated four times.

    I offer now to be the time to bring that up.

  8. si1m says: Sep 16, 2014 1:42 PM

    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.

  9. bluenose1965 says: Sep 16, 2014 1:43 PM

    …and that’s how screwed up the NFL punishment system has become.

  10. tjrogers09 says: Sep 16, 2014 1:44 PM

    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.

  11. jjb0811 says: Sep 16, 2014 1:44 PM

    Now he’s playing to pay his lawyers! He’ll be part of the 70% broke group upon retiring.

  12. skoobyfl says: Sep 16, 2014 1:45 PM

    He’s checking bus routes now for a way to get to the stadium.

  13. samskiss says: Sep 16, 2014 1:45 PM

    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.

  14. watermelon1 says: Sep 16, 2014 1:45 PM

    This really makes it unclear if this was a NEW DWI, or if it was a previous one just now being settled.

  15. dclogicatlast says: Sep 16, 2014 1:46 PM

    Why is it a 10 game suspension in the first place if his positive test wouldn’t be positive under the new policy?

  16. danind says: Sep 16, 2014 1:47 PM

    so…I should keep him on my fantasy football bench then?

  17. hakunamangata says: Sep 16, 2014 1:49 PM

    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.

  18. heybackatyou says: Sep 16, 2014 1:49 PM

    At least Gordon didn’t beat a 4 year old child within an inch of his life.

  19. patriotsdefense says: Sep 16, 2014 1:50 PM

    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.

  20. PokeSalad says: Sep 16, 2014 1:50 PM

    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…

  21. gnorules says: Sep 16, 2014 1:54 PM

    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?

  22. davikes says: Sep 16, 2014 1:57 PM

    Tomorrow he’s going to sue to seek an injunction so he can play.

  23. sbchampsagain says: Sep 16, 2014 2:04 PM

    So Gordon lost his license?
    I’m guessing he will still be able to come along during his customer’s test drives?

  24. bradygirl12 says: Sep 16, 2014 2:05 PM

    There’s always a loophole…that’s what’s wrong with NFL policies and rules.

  25. jamaltimore says: Sep 16, 2014 2:07 PM

    How long until he gets pulled over for driving on a suspended license. TIC TOC TIC TOC……..

  26. thunderstruck24 says: Sep 16, 2014 2:11 PM

    How can he benefit from old policy on DUI AND benefit from new policy on pot? Seems like there is something missing here…

  27. sportswright says: Sep 16, 2014 2:15 PM

    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.

  28. artvan15 says: Sep 16, 2014 2:19 PM

    Good thing that big dummy has a lawyer to think for him!!!

  29. spicymudbugs says: Sep 16, 2014 2:21 PM

    I hope he keeps working out because week 11 he’s in my starting lineup

  30. zeke2517 says: Sep 16, 2014 2:28 PM

    $100? You can’t afford not to drive drunk in whatever state that is.

  31. FlashPatterson says: Sep 16, 2014 2:29 PM

    I haven’t seen a person suspended this much since Larry King. haha get it? cuz he wears suspenders.

  32. illogic87 says: Sep 16, 2014 2:35 PM

    Funny how noone is up in arms about him driving drunk…such a backwards world we live in

  33. staff2cj says: Sep 16, 2014 2:38 PM

    Gordan will hang himself yet again! Just can’t shake the hood! 2nd hand smoke, yeah right

  34. deadeye says: Sep 16, 2014 2:43 PM

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

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

  35. badmude says: Sep 16, 2014 2:49 PM

    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.

  36. sandman34rt says: Sep 16, 2014 2:52 PM

    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.

  37. steelerben says: Sep 16, 2014 2:55 PM

    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.

  38. denverdude7 says: Sep 16, 2014 3:00 PM

    Roger…

    You’re screw-ups are screwing up again.

    #BANJOSHGORDON365

  39. davexucc says: Sep 16, 2014 3:06 PM

    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.

  40. sportswright says: Sep 16, 2014 3:07 PM

    You mean the guy who punched a woman at a bar?

    Well played NFL.

  41. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Sep 16, 2014 3:37 PM

    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?

  42. pittsburghdamned says: Sep 16, 2014 3:39 PM

    Nice work, Josh- and nice neck tattoos!

    You’re no addict my friend. You’re a genius.

  43. roxtar10 says: Sep 16, 2014 3:40 PM

    Doesn’t matter. He’s a drug test away from his next suspension.
    Test him now, Rog. Right on to step two….

  44. pttbrand says: Sep 16, 2014 3:43 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

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

  45. granadafan says: Sep 16, 2014 4:45 PM

    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.

  46. dawgzzxx says: Sep 16, 2014 5:03 PM

    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!!!

  47. dawgzzxx says: Sep 16, 2014 5:05 PM

    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!!!

  48. mattytwoshoes says: Sep 16, 2014 5:05 PM

    Counting down the five years until Josh Gordon is living under a bridge…..with Albert Hainsworth and other fools who thought they couldn’t lose everything.

  49. boltsfan74 says: Sep 16, 2014 5:41 PM

    Time served!!!

    Let him play!

  50. richrod12345 says: Sep 16, 2014 5:51 PM

    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.

  51. mrloser444 says: Sep 16, 2014 6:04 PM

    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!

  52. Chris Henry's Wild Ride says: Sep 16, 2014 6:34 PM

    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

  53. djaehne says: Sep 16, 2014 7:01 PM

    He’ll be back under arrest in less that a year.
    Again. Again. Again.

  54. wiseone50 says: Sep 16, 2014 11:30 PM

    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.

  55. tanstewie says: Sep 17, 2014 3:38 AM

    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

  56. kahunakb says: Sep 17, 2014 5:23 PM

    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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