Josh Gordon tests positive for alcohol, faces one-year ban

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Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon faces yet another NFL suspension.

PFT’s Mike Florio has confirmed Gordon is in line for a one-year ban for a violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

A source tells Florio that Gordon tested positive for alcohol. Moreover, a source tells Florio that Gordon’s suspension looks to be a “done deal,” with a reversal of the ban not expected. As Florio notes, Gordon is subject to alcohol testing because of his July 2014 DWI arrest.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported Gordon was set to draw a one-year ban from the league.

If Gordon’s suspension sticks, it’s a major setback for a wonderfully talented player who has already lost 13 games to league- and team-levied suspensions in his NFL career.

Furthermore, the news of Gordon’s potential ban throws his future with the Browns into doubt. At season’s end, coach Mike Pettine said the receiver was “squarely at a crossroads with us.”

The 23-year-old Gordon was suspended for the first 10 games of the 2014 regular season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. After returning to the lineup, he did not recapture his best form, catching just 24 passes for 303 yards in five games. Making matters worse, Gordon was suspended for the Browns’ season finale at Baltimore for a violation of team rules.

Fifty-two Sundays ago, Gordon was playing the Pro Bowl, the coda to a spectacular second NFL season, one that saw him catch 87 passes for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in just 14 games.

One year later, it’s fair to wonder whether Gordon’s Cleveland career will soon be over. What’s more, his NFL future is in some question, as he will have to gain reinstatement if banished by the league.

248 responses to “Josh Gordon tests positive for alcohol, faces one-year ban

  1. Drug test Manziel, while you’re at it. Weren’t they together in Aspen? Nothing like partying down with some legal weed.

    On second thought, just trade both of them to the Broncos…

  2. So sad to see. Looks like the only connections Manziel and Gordon may have made during their short careers will have been during Happy Hour.

  3. Well, if Johnny FF was my QB, I’d probably drink too. But seriously, this is probably the end of this guy in the NFL, and it’s clear now Cleveland needs a WR as well as a QB.

  4. Too bad JF is not in the NFL substance abuse program… The Browns would just have to sit back and wait for him to fail alcohol screenings rather than have to trade (to who?), cut or PLAY him…

  5. Josh Gordon suspended for one year, for drinking alcohol. Tom Brady will be heralded as the Super Bowl MVP, and world champion, after blatantly cheating, by deflating his own balls. Weird government we have here.

  6. Dude obviously as issues with alcohol, seeing as it only stays in your system for no more than 18 hours or so. Josh….Get some help man!!! You’re wasting God given talent here.

  7. Wow. What a waste of talent. Two years, he couldn’t be stopped by opposing defenses. Since then we’ve seen the only person that can stop Josh Gordon is Josh Gordon.

  8. This team is like a bad movie that you can’t believe some actually payed money to make. I’m a Browns fan who likes bad movies but this is intolerable.

  9. This young man needs some help, and the sorry Browns are not the ones to help. Didn’t think it was possible, but they are more screwed up than before.

  10. Josh Gordon is quite possibly the stupidest human alive. All that talent, but no brains.

    With that said, the Brownies are a pathetic organization, with veteran leadership all.

    No wonder they are the perennial laughing stock of the league and hands down the worst franchise in the Super Bowl era.

  11. Seems pretty crazy that he can be suspended for alcohol when his problem(s) appear to be with marijuana, but whatever. It’s his responsibility to know the rules, and not mine.

  12. test positive for… alchohol?

    Alchohol is perfectly legal. Marijuana practically is too.

    The time has come for the NFL to mind it’s own business with it’s players free time. If the drug is not performance enhancing, then let a man enjoy his relaxation however he pleases. I am so sick of this league coming down harder on a guy having a smoke or a drink than child abusers and murderers. Enough is enough. Don’t pretend that some kind of moral high ground exists in a sport where guys mash each others brains out into convalescence in their 40s and 50s.

  13. The guy is an idiot. But hello it’s alcohol. I disagree completely with a suspension. He obviously has a addictive personality. Go to the cfl youngster, it’s your best chance in the sport eh

  14. There’s obviously the situation of being unable to resist the urge to drink alcohol or smoke weed when there are huge financial and professional risks, but I’m not sure about all the needs help or addiction talk. The reports are he’s tested every few days, so he can go months with clean tests, and one night out messes him up. If the general population in his age group were subject to the same testing and job loss as a result, there’d probably be more people than not out of work.

  15. Way to go, son. Now, get back to your summer job and start moving those Buick’s! We need to make room for next years models!

  16. as talented as this kid is , he can’t seem to get out his own way. He’s a functioning addict that needs serious help. I agree with Chris Carter: this kid should have been cut 2 years ago. By keeping him on the team , the Browns as an organization became enablers. Sad

  17. zerocool62 says: Jan 25, 2015 4:11 PM

    so if alcohol is so bad that it warrents a 1year suspension, will the NFL be returning the advert checks from Budweiser, Coors, and Miller?
    ———————————–
    Pretty sure it’s Gordon’s past transgressions that are “so bad”.

  18. What tipped the league of to test him… oh yeah…he didn’t show up to work, because was partying late the previous night.

    What did you think was going to happen?

  19. Don’t bother waiting for the appeal. Just flush the turd. His priorities do not include playing football or following rules. It will only get worse. Some kids can rebound and find their way. This guy is not one of those kids. Nothing says he might turn things around. Nothing. Cut him today.

  20. Cannabis Dependence and Alcohol Dependence… nice.

    Might wanna check for snow under Johnny’s nose while you are at it.

    Cleveland is indeed snake-bitten.

  21. Bah HAHAHA hahaha!

    Honestly? WOW!

    Get Help,

    Practice?

    You must love the process more than the final product!

    Does this guy care about the game or his riches? And forget the riches, life reeks without being on the field!

  22. What a wasted career….. Why can’t these guys grow up and learn to prioritize? They can say he’s a wasted talent, a pot head and parties but they can’t ever call him a cheater like they do to some….. He’s never been on the field long enough to learn how to patriotize!!

  23. Alcohol is a banned substance????? It’s a miracle that 99% of fans are even let into stadiums based in that.

  24. He walks into stadiums each week that say drink bud light its so much fun. Then one of the employees/players do this and you suspend them. #mixedmessage

  25. On a side note, to my past comment, I am drinking right now!

    Let the man have a drink! Yet he is the one who created the issue.

    As the saying goes, “When you find the life you love, you must have the courage to live it.”

    Maybe he loves his booze and has no care for the coin.

  26. zerocool62 says:
    Jan 25, 2015 4:11 PM

    “so if alcohol is so bad that it warrents a 1year suspension, will the NFL be returning the advert checks from Budweiser,”

    lol, logical question. My question is, wasn’t it the courts that banned him from booze for his DUI and doesn’t that in effect means he violated the terms? I mean where does the NFL get off telling someone they can’t have alcohol?

    With that said, it’s apparent the man has no true friends or support system whatsoever from family.

  27. Man, this isn’t funny anymore.

    I’m so tired of spending my Sunday’s watching this team play. Its a joke.

    It’s time to spend my Saturdays watching OSU.

    I hate to say this, but its really going to take the fan’s to stop going to the games. Each team is a business. They’ll figure out what to do when they aren’t getting any $$$.

  28. Since when is alcohol a banned substance? The league’s policy here seems pretty ridiculous. Drink a beer. Get a one year suspension.

  29. Who’s dummer – Josh Gordon, or the commenters in here who don’t understand probation?

  30. Yes, the league only needs strong role models like Tom Brady. He would never cheat on the football field or on his pregnant ex-wife.

  31. In two years, this guy will have turned his life around, joined the Patriots and help them to another Super Bowl.

    Someone (probably John Harbaugh, with help from ) will plant a bottle of Jack in his room at the Super Bowl and Roger Goodell will suspend him before the game, citing a rules infraction, just to piss off the Patriots and their fans.

    Seriously though, I hope he just focuses on getting his life together. I wish him the best.

  32. How much alcohol? He can’t even drink a beer? Or does he have to be “drunk off his a–” like Johnny Boy?

  33. While it’s apparently a violation, why can’t he drink? Alcohol is sold legally in all states. Not to mention that Budweiser is a sponsor of the NFL.. Why can everyone in the stands drink a beer but the players can’t? In the offseason at that.. I don’t understand the league sometimes..

  34. Gordon, sue the NFL if you’re banned for a year. Alcohol is not an illegal substance.

    The NFL making demands that any player can’t drink while making billions on alcohol sales and commercial air time is about as hypocritical a thing as I’ve ever heard.

  35. He’s obviously done in Cleveland.
    Wouldn’t mind seeing my favorite team take a chance on the guy when he is eligible again, in the somewhat unlikely event he can manage to stay clean long enough to be reinstated.
    Bummer this guy can’t keep clean. So much talent. And it’s not like he’s hurting others. not beating kids or women. Not stabbing people like the face of the NFL network is inclined to do.

    Gordon, seriously, get some help.

  36. I don’t know whether Gordon is just immature or has substance abuse issues, but he needs to get his life in order before he completely throws his life away. I fear he may have already reached that point.

  37. He had a DUI, so alcohol is one of the substances he is tested for.
    I got in trouble with my work 9 1/2 years ago. I tested positive for drugs. I did what I had to do to keep my job. I went to rehab, NA/AA meetings 5 times a week, out patient treatment and Drug Court which included being tested 3 times a week. In addition I was placed on probation for 10 years with my company which includes random UA and breathalyzer testing. If I fail once within those 10 years I LOSE MY JOB!
    I chose not to use drugs or alcohol for the past 9 1/2 years because I want to ensure NOTHING can happen to take away my livelyhood.
    Hopefully Mr. Gordon “gets it” and makes the adjustments that will be required to turn his life around. It will take a lot of hard work and COMMITMENT but it can be done only if he HONESTLY wants it.
    Good Luck

  38. People need to use a little common sense with the whole “oh, the NFL won’t let Gordon have any fun”.

    The guy got a DUI less then a year ago! He can’t touch alcohol because he has proven he can’t be responsible when doing so. This has nothing to do with beer sponsors or having double standards. Gordon has had more chances then anyone deserves and continues to break the law. Sorry for all the fantasy players out there that made excuses for him all year.

  39. Apparently those making jokes about Gordon being suspended for such a small things as alcohol haven’t had the pleasure of losing a loved one to a drunk driver. He had already gotten a DWI and has shown repeatedly that he has no self restraint. Sorry but this is no joke.

  40. For everybody shocked/appaled he was suspended for alcohol….he had a DWI. That’s why. When you abuse it you lose it.

  41. Everyone keeps saying “alcohol??” but yeah, you can’t drink alcohol after a DUI. He surely knew this after his suspension was reduced and I have no doubt the league made it very clear to him alcohol would trigger a suspension. Don’t get a DUI and you don’t have a problem. I have been one of the biggest defenders of Gordon only because he tested for weed at such a ridiculously low level that it didn’t seem fair to me. As a Cleveland fan, I can’t wait for them to cut him.

  42. For all Gordon must be dumber than a box of rocks the circumstances of his alcohol usage, surely, must be given consideration.

    If he has some sort of dependency or addiction I can see how this is a big deal. If he had a glass of wine or beer with dinner this seems so draconian that it is unfair.

  43. I say the Browns put this guy and Manziel in the same toilet bowl and flush em away. You just can’t build any success around turds like that.

  44. So he wasn’t reportedly drunk.
    He wasn’t caught taking drugs.
    He didn’t get caught up in a fight.
    He wasn’t driving over the limit.

    He had a scheduled test and alcohol was detected.

    Alcohol is legal.

    The League has no right to demand that someone doesn’t drink alcohol within legal limits in the offseason.

    Yet here we are, the ‘we are holier than thou League’ trying to be above the law.

    The guy possibly needs help, but unless Gordon broke the law, or gained an unfair competitive advantage during the season, then he shouldn’t be given any sort of ban under League rules. This is especially so considering that whilst under contract with the Browns, he currently isn’t getting paid as it’s the offseason for non-playoff teams.

  45. Lots of people around here missing the point rather badly.

    He’s not being suspended because alcohol is “bad” or “illegal” or even against league rules. 95% or more of the players in the league can drink alcohol anytime they want, subject of course to team rules.

    He is being tested for, and being suspended for, alcohol because HE HAS A DUI. According to the rules of the CBA, that opens him up to testing. And the suspension is for a year because he has MULTIPLE past suspensions.

    Geez, I’m usually the last guy to defend the league, but at least have your facts straight.

  46. Take a year off… Sign w/ BB & the Patriots for the league minimum & get his crap together & become all he can!!!

  47. As silly as it is, when u break substance rules u need to jump through those hoops. If you don’t like it… Retire

    OR Suck it up for as long as you are on probation, or how long ur NFL career is. Then party like a stooge after your career.

  48. Amazing that Welker takes molly, cut with amphetamines, receives a 4-game suspension, goodell rushes a “new” rule through, which cuts Welker’s suspension to TWO games, which allows him to play in the highly- rated for tv Denver-Seattle game…also, he’s allowed to play, even though he’s newly, and severely concussed.

    Gordon isn’t on the team I root for, but banned because of alcohol. smdh.

  49. stupid move……i know some are questioning why he’s suspended for alcohol. my BEST guess is that he showed up to the team drunk or something and i assume that’s not real good. all i know is that these moves are stupid. i understand, you are young and want to have fun, but if you have an nfl career and make a ton of money, can you not party really hard?? you can have fun without getting drunk you know, especially if you are an nfl player.

  50. I understand he had DUI and is subject to whatever rules he agreed to. But what I don’t know is if it is a ZERO tolerance agreement or if there is some sort of threshold that he violated, as in the .08 while driving. Because if he wasn’t out driving and is sitting at home having a beer, why would he have to abstain COMPLETELY?

  51. Go play in the CFL they don’t test for any recreational drugs. Also he is in the NFL substance abuse program, that’s why he’s not suppose to drink.

  52. You get suspended for alcohol when you have a DWI on your record and you have other substance abuse issues.

    Gordon is an idiot. He was told not to drink because he has a problem.

    Hopefully he learns something during his year off and comes back to play well. More than likely, he will never be seen again.

  53. Glad to see the Goodell & Co have their priorities in order.

    That said…as absurd as the rule might be (and it truly is absurd), Gordon knew it and agreed to it and violated it anyway.

    I think Roger Goodell is both an evil man and an incompetent commissioner but it getting hard to conjure up any more sympathy for Gordon at this point.

  54. Gordon is the Browns version of Justin Blackmon (jaguars). That guy was suspended for a year (substance abuse) towards the end of 2013. He got busted again in May (weed) and plead no contest in Nov or Dec. If he doesn’t commit any more crimes that charge will be converted to something other than a drug charge. He still thinks he can be reinstated. The problem is he still uses but thinks it won’t matter or he won’t get caught again. Gordon is no different. Why waste the time or effort on guys that won’t put in the time or effort to help themselves?

  55. It’s his probation agreement. You know, what he signed to avoid jail time. We all know you don’t get suspended for having a drink… unless it’s part of your probation agreement that you signed to avoid jail time. It’s not that complicated. Jail, or probation. He chose probation but couldn’t pull it off.

  56. Can we please get rid of this bum already!?!?!

    Take our “team leader” QB that took him out partying when he knew he wasn’t allowed to drink alcohol.

    Did he make gordon drink? no of course not.
    But to enable his behavior is absolutely unacceptable.

    I speak for the large majority of Browns nation in saying……..

    GET BOTH OF THESE BUMS OUT OF HERE!!!!!!!!!

  57. Alcohol?

    You mean something that is sold at games and legal in all 50 states except on Sunday?

    This guy cant enjoy anything huh?

    *********

    When you have a substance abuse problem no you can’t.

  58. If my employer told me I cant drink at home I would tell him to fraack off…

    ********

    Well if you had all of the drug and alcohol issues that Gordon has had then I would have to say you are an idiot.

  59. From ROTO world website:

    Consuming alcohol seems minor to all of us, but it was explicitly banned for Gordon as part of his DUI treatment plan. As NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport noted on Twitter, the NFL’s substance abuse policy is “extremely strict and spelled out. He’ll wait for 2016.” Gordon will be 25 1/2 years old when the 2016 season kicks off. He led the NFL in receiving yards at age 22.

  60. All of you talking crap about how alcohol is legal really need a reality check. The guy has a substance abuse issue!!! The NFL is trying to save this young mans life and he has no idea.

  61. The browns are all set though because they drafted Sammy Watkins when Gordon was suspended last year. They knew they couldn’t just count on Gordon for the future. Oh wait…

  62. Here come all the couch dwelling losers who have never accomplished anything of note in their fat lives, coming to call this guy a loser and an idiot and who knows what else just because he drank some beer.

    Stupid silly world this is.

  63. adoombray says:
    Jan 25, 2015 4:18 PM
    test positive for… alchohol?
    Alchohol is perfectly legal. Marijuana practically is too.
    —————–
    I decided to just pick out one comment as pure stupidity, but there were many on here. I don’t know, should I assume many here didn’t read the article?

    First, nothing is “practically” legal. It’s either legal or it isn’t. Second, his problem isn’t with having a beer, it’s with violating his probation status and violating terms of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. DWI’s. Arrests for possession. Yes, he should be banned for a year. And he will probably never come back.

  64. Not a Brown’s fan, but I’ve seen this story before with Charles Rogers. I hope he gets help and can make a comeback in the future. Talented guys wasting their careers always sucks for fans.

  65. TebowsbetterthanPeyton says:
    Jan 25, 2015 4:16 PM
    Josh Gordon suspended for one year, for drinking alcohol. Tom Brady will be heralded as the Super Bowl MVP, and world champion, after blatantly cheating, by deflating his own balls. Weird government we have here.

    ——————————————————————

    Its not that he is suspended one year ALCOHOL, its his enrollment in the League Substance Policy for previous REPEAT offenders (3rd time offense). The policy states no narcotics, alcohol or “body-altering substances” are allowed… He knew what he was/was not allowed to do.

    Tom Brady won’t be heralded as the Super Bowl MVP if my Seahawks have something to say about it!

  66. You clowns do know how easy it is to get a DUI, right? You have a couple of beers and then go drive home, not putting anyone in danger or being reckless at all, and some cop stops you for not making a full stop or something, and he wants to be Jack Bauer and he dings you for DUI.

    So all you sheep might want to stop siding with some silly law that says that if you get a DUI you can’t ever have a drink again, period. That’s absolutely asinine.

    SHEEP.

  67. The saddest thing of this whole story is the morons commenting on this post. Alcoholism and drug addiction are diseases. Josh Gordon needs help. Needs someone to help him get right. But go ahead, be keyboard warriors and trash a 23 year old kid who needs help. Im sure that makes you feel good.

    Test positive for alcohol and get banned for a year. That’s cute Goodell. What exactly will that do to help him. If you want to preach about caring about the players, then get him in rehab. Force it. Sit him and his agent down and diverge a plan that will help him.

    Or…. just suspend him for a year, give him all kinds of free team and trust that he will “learn” like you’ve always done. It’s worked so well so far!

  68. LOL. All those fantasy trolls who defended him last year not only look like fools, but are probably doubly-eager to castigate him now (since it’s before next year’s fantasy draft).

  69. there’s nothing more hypocritical than holier than thou fanatics judging a young kid whose had an NFL career, while they haven’t even had a Collegiate career.

    Envious and judgmental much?

  70. While I agree that this guy seems to not get it I also wonder if the program for him to beat his addictions is setup to succeed. Im not sure what the threshold is for failing the alcohol test but he out to be able to have a beer. If he is on probation for DWI then the legal system might require him to not drink and he may have regular testing. But if the NFL wants to have a program to help people beat addictions then they need to be realistic too. I mean if a guy has a substance problem chances are he is going to reach for some type of substance if he has a moment of weakness. I know he makes a lot of money and should have his priorities straight but lots of people in society have addiction problems that aren’t professional athletes.

  71. 1 year/ban his stupid ass for life! at the very least the browns need to cut ties with him now! is he trying be the football version of steve howe? you know get suspended 27 times before they finally say enough is enough? if he has not got it by now he never will.

  72. Why would the Browns cut him? If he ever makes it back, they still have him for 2 more years on his rookie pay scale. They may as well move on like he will never be back, but don’t cut him!

  73. I feel sorry for the talented receiver. He was aware of the scheduled testing, yet still drank alcohol. I hope Manziel was not a contributing factor, since they have been known to hang out and were spotted partying in Aspen. I hope this player is able to work out a plan to keep him sober and able to live a challenging and prosperous kife.

  74. bengalsfan2079 says: Jan 25, 2015 4:13 PM

    Some people will never get it, drugs are a bad thing why you want to make yourself feel under the influence of them is beyond me.
    ___________
    You had a good point if you didn’t act all holier-than-thou– I’m just barely older than Gordon and I can pretty much guarantee I drink more than him– Still, if I had a choice between “want[ing] to make yourself feel under the influence of them” and playing in the NFL, it would be a very easy decision.

  75. vicnocal says:
    Jan 25, 2015 5:33 PM
    You clowns do know how easy it is to get a DUI, right? You have a couple of beers and then go drive home, not putting anyone in danger or being reckless at all, and some cop stops you for not making a full stop or something, and he wants to be Jack Bauer and he dings you for DUI.

    So all you sheep might want to stop siding with some silly law that says that if you get a DUI you can’t ever have a drink again, period. That’s absolutely asinine.

    SHEEP.
    ————————————————

    Exactly. And how much would you like to bet that most here dont realize that you dont even have to blow anywhere near the legal limit to get arrested for DUI? You get locked up on the cops OBSERVATIONS….NOT on what you happen to blow. If the cop has it in for you for some reason even if you actually arent drunk….hello DUI.

  76. I give Josh Gordon one more chance when he gets cut from the Browns to get his stuff together and if he still gets suspended for drugs than his career down the drain.

  77. The NFL can’t win……Leonard little and Dante Stallworth both killed people while they were driving drunk…….at that time, people said the NFL just does not care……now, they are taking action, and people say they shouldn’t…..you can’t have it both ways.

  78. Well at least the Browns drafted a wide receiver in the first round with their two picks last year . . . the greatest wide receiver draft ever.

    Oops.

  79. They should throw this guy out of the NFL. He needs a rude awakening.

    What a waste. I am convinced that we’ll read about this guy dying at an early age, and that will be the ultimate tragedy.

    The truth is, you can’t help someone who won’t help themselves.

  80. He is a perfect fit for the City of Cleveland.
    The people of Cleveland keep electing the same politicians that drove that City into the ground and this moron keeps doing the same things that end up costing him millions and his career.

    Well done Cleveland. Well done.

  81. vicnocal says:
    Jan 25, 2015 5:33 PM
    You clowns do know how easy it is to get a DUI, right? You have a couple of beers and then go drive home, not putting anyone in danger or being reckless at all, and some cop stops you for not making a full stop or something, and he wants to be Jack Bauer and he dings you for DUI.

    So all you sheep might want to stop siding with some silly law that says that if you get a DUI you can’t ever have a drink again, period. That’s absolutely asinine.

    SHEEP.

    ___________________________________

    Ah, another post from an anti-cop apologist. What’s assinine is that in the 21st century we still have people like you making excuses for people who do stupid things.

    Why don’t you do something constructive? Like look up all the people just in your county who have been killed because of drinking and driving.

    And the next time you roll through a stop sign, which you obviously do, I hope Jack Bauer nails you. Because you think laws are made for other people and cops are there to annoy people.

  82. ==========================
    nyneal: “They should throw this guy out of the NFL. He needs a rude awakening.
    What a waste. I am convinced that we’ll read about this guy dying at an early age.”
    ==========================

    Yeah. Because he…drank some alcohol.

  83. It’s quite possible that he has no drug problem at all. He just doesn’t really want to play football. He wants to party, like a lot of kids in their early 20s do. Problem now is that sympathy and patience has run out in Cleveland–don’t see him getting that backup gig at the car dealership again. I certainly don’t want him on my team anymore, and wish he’d take that creep Manziel with him. He better start thinking what else he wants to do with his life…the money he made over the last couple years isn’t going to last forever, an no rich parents to cushion the fall.

  84. vicnocal says:
    Jan 25, 2015 6:36 PM
    ==========================
    nyneal: “They should throw this guy out of the NFL. He needs a rude awakening.
    What a waste. I am convinced that we’ll read about this guy dying at an early age.”
    ==========================

    Yeah. Because he…drank some alcohol.
    ============

    Yeah, that’s all he did. Did you just arrive here from another planet?

  85. This is sad. The guy has spectacular talent and to see if just vaporize because of drinking, what a waste. What’s worse, if his so called friends around him supported this versus giving him good advice.

  86. And, by the way, the only reason for people to assume that he is an addict based on what has been reported is that they find it impossible to believe he would choose being a normal partying 23 year old kid rather than a football player. He just doesn’t care about football that much. That does not make him an addict.

  87. This is sad, he has had his problems and obviously he has to go to rehab again. It isn’t working and he has a pile of talent. This is very difficult, but he can correct his life if he gets help.
    He has to get his head in order, and spend time away from the game, and maybe he will eventually “right the ship”. It’s very sad because he cannot help it. He is what he is, and alcohol and drugs will drag him down into a bad place.
    I wish him luck in the future, but he needs serious help.

  88. Being sponsored so much by beer companies, you’d think a suspension/substance abuse violation would only be the result of an alcohol related crime. Did he do anything other than test positive? Technically a crime due to his recent DUI offender status, but still. Plus, how is this public information anyway? Goodell just doesn’t have a grip on anything. This is the worst run up to the Super Bowl that I can remember. He’s got to go.

  89. I get the Alcohol comment. BUT you drink on job and get busted. Same thing. More importantly Alcohol can be flushed out of your system within 24 hours. You really believe there is no heads up on these drug/alcohol tests? He had to know when he took the test. I have gotten a DUI before. Unbelievable how stupid/sick people are with regards to alcohol/drugs. When I got my DUI I was on probation and had to go to a theater listen to relatives thru MADD tell about danger of DUI. They alcohol tested at those things by cops. People were under influence and arrested on the spot. How crazy is that?

  90. So many morons here can’t figure it out. If a business bans a substance, then employees who wish to work for that business have to abide by the ban or work elsewhere. The idiots who claim that the NFL makes money off alcohol are too stupid to put this together: a business gets to set its own rules! This IS America and businesses are given some freedom in this regard. Gordon is welcome to go job hunt elsewhere is this is an issue for him. Figure it out folks.

  91. For all of you dummies questioning how you can be suspended for just alcohol:

    No, it is not an illegal substance for most of the NFL players. However, if you have already become a habitual offender of the substance abuse policy you are then required to stay clean of all drugs (even legal ones) if you are really serious about playing in this league. I mean seriously, if you were already in trouble with substance abuse, wouldn’t you quit drinking too? I would walk the straight and narrow to be able to play a game for a living. This guy is just too dumb to live. I’m offended that he breathes the same oxygen as I do.

  92. sdiegosteel says:
    Jan 25, 2015 6:24 PM
    Well at least the Browns drafted a wide receiver in the first round with their two picks last year . . . the greatest wide receiver draft ever.

    Oops.
    _________________________________________

    Yeah because all those receivers did so much to get their teams in the playoffs…oops no they didn’t.
    Bills take Watkins,no playoffs and what one more win than the Browns? How about the best of the bunch Odell Beckham. How’d his Giants do?

  93. billswillnevermove says:
    Jan 25, 2015 6:54 PM
    The Browns not taking Sammy Watkins with the 4th pick last year is coming back to bite them.
    ________________________________________
    See comment above.
    What did Watkins do for the Bills?

  94. I can’t understand why Josh Gordon is suspended for a year for consuming alcohol while Hall of Fame quarterback Bobby Lane, who won 3 championships, was never even reprimanded even though he consumed alcohol during games, sometimes taking a pop in the huddle.

  95. It is time for the nfl to lose its nonprofit status. Cheating is fine, but beer is not? The pats are habitual cheaters. And this guy smokes and drinks! Join the boycott.

  96. Maybe he was REALLY good at selling cars, and he just doesn’t care about playing in the NFL anymore.

  97. He needs Help? If you ask me he’s doing better, he didn’t test positive for Mary J. For those of you saying he must be a drunk because it only stays in your system for 18 hours, Please think before your write, he get’s random tests… RANDOM. Also if he needs help, go to your local bar and take a look, over half them people need help too. People act so high and mighty, take a look in the mirror before you throw stones…. just listen to the side effects at the end of the next drug commercial you see, but its ok because I can buy it right? smh!

  98. Sounds like Gordon has been drinking something a little stronger than 2 percent with his Wheaties

  99. Now I’m curious as to whether Jim Irsay and the guys from the DUI guys from the Denver front office a subject to these restrictions. I’m guessing No. I quit drinking 20 years ago and the hardest thing was getting through my first sober SuperB owl with all the beer commercials. I made it through and haven’t slipped since,I wish this kid well and I wish the average commenter on this site had an ounce of humanity.

  100. Here’s what I do get: If you’re drinking and you drive drunk, or you drink and you do something stupid to harm someone, property, person, or animal/other then throw the book at that person. Here’s what I don’t get: You are drinking at a social event or having a few beers with friends and nothing happened other that you maybe getting a little of a buzz. Something doesn’t seem quite right. If drinking laws were imposed on baseball players there would not be a baseball season as a high number of players like to have a beer or two after games. Shouldn’t this no drinking ban be better defined. It doesn’t seem right that you can’t get together with friends and have a beer or two.

  101. You clowns do know how easy it is to get a DUI, right? You have a couple of beers and then go drive home, not putting anyone in danger or being reckless at all, and some cop stops you for not making a full stop or something, and he wants to be Jack Bauer and he dings you for DUI.

    So all you sheep might want to stop siding with some silly law that says that if you get a DUI you can’t ever have a drink again, period. That’s absolutely asinine.

    *******

    I love people who blame the cops when they get busted. Another idiot.

  102. Again… The reason he is not allowed to drink is because he has shown no restraint in the past. Someone with a substance abuse problem can’t have a beer or two.

  103. First, the NFL has every right to ban him from taking whatever he wants. It is their league and they can deem whatever they want off limits. The guy gets tested for it because of his previous DWI. Needs to be smarter than this. Honestly, if a player who has reached this point and still fails to adjust, he deserves the suspension.

  104. Alcohol?

    You mean something that is sold at games and legal in all 50 states except on Sunday?

    This guy cant enjoy anything huh?

    Not when you are already on probation. This guy deserves banishment for stupidity. Blows my mind you are willing to risk millions for some weed and booze. Focus like Watt and then when you are done, smoke and drink until your heats content!

  105. Sad to waste talent…

    Sad for Cleveland who could have traded hom a season ago, but got cold feet.

    Now he’s worhtless

  106. Wow! Am I stuck in some 1920’s version of Twilight Zone in the NFL? Where’s Eliot Ness and the Untouchables? Will someone please tell me when it became illegal for adults to drink Alcohol again in the USA?! MY GOD! The NFL is 100% Dictatorial. Their rules trumps their players Constitutional rights in every way. This is a twisted joke. Looks to me like NFL Players are nothing more than extremely well paid indentured servants on an NFL plantation. The only thing that separates them from slavery is a big paycheck. But the threat of being cut annually keeps them under control by their Masters and Overseers.

    How the heck does the NFL get away with unconstitutional rules like this? And qualify as a “Non Profit” business entity. What a masterful con-job!

  107. bigbamboom1 says:
    Jan 25, 2015 11:04 PM
    Wow! Am I stuck in some 1920’s version of Twilight Zone in the NFL? Where’s Eliot Ness and the Untouchables? Will someone please tell me when it became illegal for adults to drink Alcohol again in the USA?! MY GOD!

    I actually feel like I am in the twilight zone as well. How is it so hard to understand that he is not being suspended simply for drinking alcohol. NFL players are permitted to drink alcohol.

    Unless, that is, THEY HAVE A DUI CONVICTION ON THEIR RECORD AND HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED ON THREE PREVIOUS OCCASIONS.

    Players who get DUIs are subject to league testing and suspension. It’s in the CBA. Players who have multiple violations get longer suspensions. It’s in the CBA.

    It’s really not that complicated.

  108. kissbillsrings says:
    Jan 25, 2015 4:52 PM

    “Take a year off… Sign w/ BB & the Patriots for the league minimum & get his crap together & become all he can!!!”

    You might want to rethink things. First off, six months or so ago, I saw an article saying that Bill Belichick has adopted a very risky approach to bringing in players in the years since the last SB win. That approach was to assume that with BB sitting on a red flagged player, that player would straighten up. The article detailed several players, one of whom was Aaron Hernandez, saying Aaron was one of the players Bill brought in because he knew ‘he could change him.’

    How’d that one work out for you? Josh won’t work out much better. Be careful what you wish for.

  109. This man clearly has a severe substance abuse problem, and simply kicking him out of the league for testing positive for alcohol—oh, the irony—will only worsen the issue. If the NFL really cared about it’s players, it wouldn’t ban them for non-performance related drugs, but rather mandate guided treatment and rehab, with playing time dependent on off-the-field rehabilitation progress. Alas, they do not, and thus Josh Gordon is once again set adrift without a paddle, Jim Irsay remains a fully employed billionaire, Roger Goodell still earns $45mil a year, and we will see plenty of new ads next Sunday from the NFL’s $1.2 billion sponsor, Anheuser-Busch.

  110. As much as I want to say how he is this and how he is that of a person, it is clearly obvious that these demons that are a part of him have completely taken over his mind. One would think that national public shame would be enough to straighten a person out, but his addiction to get high is what is going to kill this man if he doesn’t get help. Sure the Browns can cut him, but that is not going to help him. Josh Gordon needs to save his life and not worry about his football career which has been a hinderance and a trouble spot for him. Being completely away from all that the NFL bring with it, is what he need to be away from. His problems are far deeper than anything that I can imagine because I have never had an addiction such as the one that he is going through to take over my life. It’s not about the money or the fame, but about Josh Gordon getting the kind of help that will prevent him from taking a dirt nap real soon!

  111. He was probably caught drinking Miller Lite, because we all know Budweiser is the official beer of the NFL.

    There’s no way the NFL would suspend someone for using a legal product that actually sponsors the same league that is suspending a player for using the sponsored product in its intended manner (wait, this “logic” makes my head spin).

  112. Notwithstanding the fact beer companies wouldn’t be the behemoths they are if it wasn’t for football, the idea a player can be banned for a year for testing positive for alcohol is absurd. If he has a substance abuse problem, he needs rehab, nothing more. Why the NFL wants to throw these guys under the bus is beyond me…

  113. I feel sorry for the receiver, but he was aware of the consequences of his actions. I hope the NFL has a good rehab program that the player can participate in. He definitely should widen his circle of acquaintances and remove bad influences such as Johnny who can’t play NFL football.

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