Report: Josh Gordon applies to the league for reinstatement

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New Browns coach Hue Jackson has a reputation for explosive offense, and for reaching people others cannot.

He may have a chance to kill two birds with one stone, as one of his new team’s best players is taking steps toward a return.

According to Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com, suspended Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has applied for reinstatement from his indefinite suspension for multiple violations of the league’s substance abuse policy.

Gordon was suspended on Feb. 3, 2015 for his third violation of the league’s policy, and by rule could apply for reinstatement within 60 days of the anniversary of the suspension. The league has a 60-day window to act on the application.

Gordon failed a test for alcohol after the 2014 season, which came after a 10-game suspension following his July 2014 DWI arrest.

He will interview with the league’s medical director, and demonstrate that his track record of substance abuse is behind him.

“To be reinstated, a player must demonstrate sustained abstinence,” league spokesman Greg Aiello said in a statement. “In support of their applications, players generally put forward verifiable testing records and/or submit to periodic NFL testing during the banishment period.”

Before his alcohol-related suspensions, Gordon had a history of marijuana-related suspensions in college.

If he’s committed to playing in the NFL, Gordon has proven he can be one of its best players. He led the league in receiving yards in 2013 despite playing in just 14 games.

Jackson was noncommittal when asked about Gordon last week.

“What I’m anxious to do is evaluate him just like we’re going to evaluate every player on our roster and see if they are the right fit for the Cleveland Browns,” Jackson said. “That’s what we have to do with every player, whether that’s Josh Gordon to whoever the last guy is on the roster.”

If the league clears him, he’d offer Jackson a much better chance to turn things around. But as Gordon has proven in his career, assuming eligibility would be a mistake.

70 responses to “Report: Josh Gordon applies to the league for reinstatement

  1. Monster talent, but he can’t keep clean. Maybe they are better off going in another direction. Don’t think they can rely on him being there the whole season. Sooner or later he could relapse.

  2. PFT really should put these suspensions into perspective. The marijuana suspension, I get. I don’t necessarily agree with the severity or the levels required to be punished (amended after his suspension started), but I get it. Marijuana is still an illegal substance in many states, like it or not, and a level or professionalism and public presentation should be adhered to by pro athletes. The alcohol suspension, however…if I recall correctly was it not a failed test resulting from a few drinks on the plane coming home after the final game? With with season, except for a ridiculous “league year” calendar, effectively finished for that team?

  3. Isn’t it pretty easy not to test positive? They say masking agent is far ahead of the drug testing technology. Sounds like laziness on his part. Regardless, nobody should be suspended for weed.

  4. And another thing….Josh, when you do get back, for all things sacred put a bend in the brim of that hat and tell Manziel to do the same when gets to Dallas or Canada or Taco Bell.

  5. This guy could be a top 3 receiver in the NFL if he stays straight AND stays away from Johnny Football, one of his past party buds….

  6. while the kid is no saint the fact that he was suspended for a legal drinking on a team chartered flight is moronic at its very core . Half the league office should be drug tested for the decisions they have made … rice brady debacles. That greg hardy is being allowed to play and josh gordon is still suspended reeks of a witchhunt .

  7. They should give Gordon another chance. Von Miller was literally caught attempting to cheat his drug test and he was allowed to play again. Miller’s offense is far more reprehensible.

  8. Let this guy play! Best thing for him is to get out there with his teammates and get back to a schedule and some normalcy.

    Come on Roger, for once play hard ball with the real criminals in the NFL. You focus on the wrong issues.

  9. People don’t talk often enough about how the NFL bungled Gordon’s latest suspension. The story as I know it: Gordon had a stipulation from a prior reinstatement that said he couldn’t have alcohol during the year. Gordon and his agent thought that meant the season; someone from the NFL decided, but didn’t state, it meant the league year (March). Players are probably more likely to think of their “year” in terms of the season, right? So Gordon, thinking he’d done everything to comply with his reinstatement, casually had a couple drinks on a flight with teammates and assistant coaches. Shortly after the flight landed, someone from the league called Gordon in for yet another substance test. Yeah, Gordon and his agent could’ve been more proactive and careful, but someone from the NFL could’ve accepted responsibility for poorly outlining the expectations of reinstatement.

  10. Gordon needs to get as far away from Cleveland and Manziel as he can. As much as it hurt me to say it somewhere like NE or Denver would suit him much more.

  11. while we still need someone to throw him the ball, I would be excited to see Flash Gordon back on the field.

  12. Cowboys should just trade a conditional pick for him and Manziel. That way, the browns win, cowboys get their needs, and most importantly the fans and media would just love it

  13. Good! I’m hoping Josh can turn himself around and do a good job for Cleveland. His issues are not quite as bad as it seems on the surface. His 3 suspensions were tickytac: 1st due to cough syrup, 2nd due to testing on one sample at 15ng for pot (def a performance enhancing drug haha) and the other sample was neg. (15ng compared to military testing at 50ng) and the 3rd due to drinking beer on a plane with the trainer and several other Browns after the season-because they all thought it was only in season-oh, and his name isn’t Gronkowski. That being said, he does need to make better choices because he is in the limelight and despite having multiple negative tests, one slip up and he’s done. Best of luck to ya, Josh!

  14. I’ll never fully understand how a guy was suspended for a year for having a drink on a flight during the off season.

  15. Seems kind of dumb to suspend him indefinitely for having a beer. So he smokes a little reefer and has a beer here and there, big deal. Greg Hardys done much worse.

  16. With these players today, its hard to believe that they learned any lesson at all. They have plenty of cash and they’re above the law in their minds !!!

  17. If he gets released, the Lions should scoop him up on contract which is dependent upon staying clean. Something tells me Caldwell may be best suited to keep him focused. He may even be an upgrade over Calvin, at literally a fraction of the cost. Worth the risk if Calvin goes, IMO.

  18. Stop enabling these guys. It happens in high school and even sooner. Weed is weed and it’s an illegal substance in the NFL and in most states. Just because he’s good is not sufficient reason to give him a pass. At least that’s what Goodell said of his trumped up charges against Brady.

  19. I agree that banning (even testing) for marijuana is stupid. Also the drinking on the plane thing too. But he did have a DUI. He has shown a pattern & THAT is why he wasn’t allowed to drink at all. C’mon, he knew that. I hope he can get on track because he is oozing with talent but I’m not confident.

  20. The NFL and their mickey mouse crap: A grown man is “not allowed” to have a drink after the season is over on the plane ride home. Never mind that it wasn’t a performance enhancing drug. And recent allegations of HGH use by players with pink skin are swept under the rug.

  21. The problem is that after last time, he couldn’t run a route to save his life. I have a feeling that once the new league year starts on March 9 at 4:00 pm Eastern, Gordon and Johnny Football will see a card being placed in their locker to visit the coach with their playbook at 4:01.

  22. The circumstances of the Las Vegas alcohol *failure* smack of a set up. The playing season is over and several players and a coach take a plane to Vegas. Immediately upon landing a random test is taken ,after a couple of social drinks. Are all PED offenders tested in the off season after departing transportation? The events leading to his suspensions , and the length of his suspensions for this series of minor infractions is mind boggling. With all apologies to abused women, Gordon would have been better off to knock woman out than to casually smoke weed or have a couple drinks with his teammates.

  23. I hope Josh has put his demons to bed and goes on to a decent career from here. He sure is fun to watch and one of the most electrifying receivers when he’s on the field.

  24. I doubt this guy will remain on the straight and narrow long enough to have a career. With Gordon and Johnny Booze, that’s a fine mess Hue Jackson ended up with.

    I mean, between those two pieces of work, the Browns will have their own version of the Toxic Twins.

  25. Guys, the leagues conditions placed on Gordon are similar to probation. Playing in the the NFL is a privilege, not a right. It’s their rules, and if you can’t follow them, then go smoke/drink all you want away from the NFL. Go join Ricky Williams on a world tour of smoking.

    All Gordon had to do was follow some very simple rules and stipulations. He couldn’t even do that and violated the league’s “trust” in him. Nope. The world still needs ditch diggers.

  26. I hope they give him another shot. I believe he won’t do it again. He’s learned his lesson. Let the kid play ! I think the sound of goff to gordon has a pretty nice ring to it. Don’t you think ?!?! Let’s go brownies ! Possibly get your number 1 wideout back and next year we will also have barnidge . This team could be pretty decent if they use the draft correctly and they use free agency correctly. We are only a few pieces away… having gordon back will be a HUGE help.

  27. I’ll repeat what I said the last time he was suspended: Keep him as a Brown because he is still cheap and talented, but don’t make him the #1 WR. The team needs to hedge. Draft a new #1 along with Goff and it will change the complexion of our passing attack dramatically.

  28. Hopefully Gordon’s “time off” actually gave him a chance to realize, how lucky he is to have the opportunity to be in the NFL. He obviously took it all for granted the first time around, and let the money, and party lifestyle get the best of him. Some kids are smart and mature enough to “get it” from the beginning, others such as Gordon, Manziel etc. have to hit rock bottom, to grow up. Then some never learn and end up working real jobs like the rest of us. Billy Football I’m afraid will also have to get cut and not on an Nfl roster for at least a year to get his wake up call. Problem with him is he has always come from wealth, and will always have it to fall back on if he is out of a NFL job, so he may never learn. It would be real nice for Hue Jackson and the new browns to have a motivated, clear headed Gordon catching deep balls from whomever the browns QB will be in 2016.

  29. Even as a Bengals fan, I think this kid got shafted. Btw, am I the only one who wonders how Manziel and Gronk can drink themselves to oblivion – publicly – yet Gordon and Blackmon somehow drank themselves to indefinite suspensions? What’s the difference?

  30. granadafan, let’s keep the rules consistent from player to coach to owner to the NFL office; let’s keep it the same for all people involved in the NFL.

  31. Have heard some great things about Gordon off the field since the suspension and looking forward to watching him play again.

    I’m not an AFC fan so I’m not scared of the production he will bring to the field. I won’t blindly criticize him like others on here because I’m not a 14 year old girl

  32. Guy takes hits by 220 lb plus guys running full speed. Piled on by 250 + lb guys.

    Sounds painful to me. Really painful.

    Took Cough Syrup

    Blew a microscopic .17 on a test that wouldn’t have been allowed to be a positive result anywhere else in the world.

    Reportedly blew a .09 (.08 is lowest fail) on a dwi. (no excuse, I’m sure most of us would never do that and have never done that.)

    Had two drinks on a plane to Vegas, as explained by a blogger above, without reportedly knowing exactly what the policy was.

    Personally, I understand why this man has had three years of his life, his livelihood, taken away from him. He is a heinous criminal and a very bad person.

    The NFL is good. Josh Gordon — bad.

    I believe that he does not deserve a second chance.

    And, I still believe that our leader’s socialized health care system will be free, or reduce my insurance rates, and allow me to see the doctor of my choice.

  33. He is limited to which teams he could go. If #12 is already taken he is screwed. I don’t think he could cover that BIG #12 tattooed on this morons back.

  34. 95ycross says:
    Jan 20, 2016 8:49 AM
    People don’t talk often enough about how the NFL bungled Gordon’s latest suspension. The story as I know it: Gordon had a stipulation from a prior reinstatement that said he couldn’t have alcohol during the year. Gordon and his agent thought that meant the season; someone from the NFL decided, but didn’t state, it meant the league year (March). Players are probably more likely to think of their “year” in terms of the season, right? So Gordon, thinking he’d done everything to comply with his reinstatement, casually had a couple drinks on a flight with teammates and assistant coaches. Shortly after the flight landed, someone from the league called Gordon in for yet another substance test. Yeah, Gordon and his agent could’ve been more proactive and careful, but someone from the NFL could’ve accepted responsibility for poorly outlining the expectations of reinstatement.
    ——————————————————————–

    To further prove your point about the misunderstanding over when the alcohol abstinence ended, Josh posted pictures of him on the plane to Instagram.

    If he thought he was still prohibited from alcohol, he NEVER would have posted that. Contrary to what some people think, Josh is a VERY intelligent person.

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