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Report: NFL denies Josh Gordon’s reinstatement bid

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The NFL reinstated Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant and Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington from suspensions recently, but they have reportedly taken a different position on wide receiver Josh Gordon’s bid to resume his playing career.

Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports that the NFL has denied Gordon’s request for reinstatement. Per the report, Gordon can try again in the fall.

Gordon was conditionally reinstated last summer with the league tacking on a four-game suspension to start the season, but he checked into rehab in September and never returned to the field. He last played for the Browns in 2014.

Browns executive vice president Sashi Brown said in March that the team has not completely shut the door on Gordon returning to the team. That was a shift from what coach Hue Jackson suggested after Gordon went into rehab, but the Browns won’t have to make any decision on that front for at least a little while longer.

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  1. wademaxwell1990 says: May 11, 2017 11:51 AM

    Let him play!!!!! Not a browns fan but come on. It’s just pot!!!

  2. atomicwaste says: May 11, 2017 11:52 AM

    Why the NFL wants to punish a guy for voluntarily seeking treatment and self-betterment is beyond me.

  3. Seprix says: May 11, 2017 11:52 AM

    Again? Man, Gordon has to be all but done in the league now.

  4. atljetsfan says: May 11, 2017 11:53 AM

    Damn He can’t catch a break but he made the bed now he must lie in it it’s sad so much potential but it’s just going to waste

  5. xmiksticky says: May 11, 2017 11:54 AM

    Still don’t understand why they can deny a reinstatement if he messes up again just ban him for another year but until then let the kid back in jeez.

  6. clayton268921 says: May 11, 2017 11:54 AM

    I don’t understand, it’s just weed. Has to be something else at play here.

  7. jsuch2 says: May 11, 2017 11:55 AM

    More consistency from the NFL Czar Roger.

  8. oldbrowndawg says: May 11, 2017 11:59 AM

    Too bad, but maybe he gets reinstated in the fall so the Browns can fleece some WR-poor team like the Rams out of a 2018 3rd round pick. That would give Cleveland seven picks in the first three rounds of next year’s draft — more high picks than most other teams have total picks. Gordon split his pants last year when the NFL and the Browns bent over backwards to create a special situation for him. He took a dump on both of them and should not be surprised that he’s not welcomed back with open arms. Then-GM Heckert took a flyer of this guy five years ago and it just hasn’t worked out. He’s a terminal juvenile and Hue Jackson has moved on from him.

  9. kh221 says: May 11, 2017 11:59 AM

    So he decided it was best to go into rehab and hasn’t been in any trouble since. And for this Goodell decides “nah, try again in the fall.” He hands out judgement not based on guidelines, but how he feels that day.

  10. mikemcdorman says: May 11, 2017 12:02 PM

    The league makes millions — probably hundreds of millions — off of alcohol commercials and sales at games. And they throw the book at this kid and derail his life over marijuana.

    You can parrot the “rules are rules and he broke them argument,” but that doesn’t touch the point that the league’s marijuana prohibition is a BAD AND ARBITRARY RULE.

    The hypocrisy of Roger on this issue is astounding and disgusting.

  11. nathanp2013 says: May 11, 2017 12:03 PM

    Think about it; the dude has been limited to 35 out of a possible 80 games in his career because of weed. Gordon was put into phase 1 for things he did while he was in college. So, weed gets punished before you are employed in the NFL but domestic violence doesn’t.

    Leonerd Little got a drunk and killed a mother with his car and he didn’t get a suspension.

    Donte Stallworth got drunk and killed a father… his year long “suspension” coincided with his year long house arrest.

  12. tjacks7 says: May 11, 2017 12:03 PM

    If I hadn’t seen Roger Goodell with my own eyes, I would be convinced that he was a 13 year old girl.

  13. kwjsb says: May 11, 2017 12:04 PM

    So I guy who voluntarily puts himself in lock-down rehab is a no but guys you had to force in is a yes?

  14. eagleslayer says: May 11, 2017 12:05 PM

    The message now will be, if you have a drug problem keep it a secret.

    These billionaire owners are completely inept at dealing with any issue that can’t just be fixed with money.

  15. nathanp2013 says: May 11, 2017 12:07 PM

    This smacks of Roger Goodell taking revenge on the guy. Last year Goodell reinstated him, then Gordon voluntarily checks into rehab, Goodell looks like an idiot for reinstating someone who needed treatment and is taking it out on him in 2017.

    Terrible message he is sending to the rest of the league… don’t seek treatment… trust the NFL doctors… their scrip pads will take care of everything.

  16. firstdownbrowns says: May 11, 2017 12:08 PM

    if you ask football fans would you like to see him back on the field ? best guess most would say YES

  17. goodellisagoner says: May 11, 2017 12:09 PM

    If he were on the Steelers he would be back. Goodell must go.

  18. rhamrhoddy says: May 11, 2017 12:11 PM

    atomicwaste says:
    May 11, 2017 11:52 AM

    Why the NFL wants to punish a guy for voluntarily seeking treatment and self-betterment is beyond me.

    Crazy. Hue was ready to shut the door on Gordon’s return. The trigger for that was when Josh checked himself into rehab. Rehab for pot.

  19. BIGGSHAUN says: May 11, 2017 12:11 PM

    The league did him a favor. Now he doesn’t HAVE to plays for the Browns!

  20. bullcharger says: May 11, 2017 12:11 PM

    This seems like preventing gainful employment at this point.

    The rules need to be more clear cut.

  21. BIGGSHAUN says: May 11, 2017 12:12 PM

    If the league really wants to punish him, just reinstate him. Playing for the Browns is punishment enough!

  22. nhpats says: May 11, 2017 12:12 PM

    Smoking pot – out of the league

    Beat women – no problem

    Roger’s NFL

  23. kemp13 says: May 11, 2017 12:13 PM

    clayton268921 says:
    May 11, 2017 11:54 AM
    I don’t understand, it’s just weed.

    Like it or not, it’s illegal in most states, and it’s specified in the CBA as a banned substance. So saying “it’s just weed” is exactly the same thing, legally, as saying “it’s just heroin.”

  24. weepingjebus says: May 11, 2017 12:15 PM

    But it’s not addictive. He can stop whenever he wants. In fact he only went to rehab to learn how not addictive it is.

  25. gnorules says: May 11, 2017 12:15 PM

    I’m going to safely assume that there is much more to the story than what we are just hearing. It’s pretty sad because even as the fan of another team, we all get excited to see a great talent like him out on the field.

  26. LakefrontLegend says: May 11, 2017 12:16 PM

    However you feel about weed (and yes, ihink it should be legal), everyone else (Martavis Bryant, Darryl Washington) is able to do what they need to do to get back in the league. For whatever reason, this guy can’t get outta his own way and do the same.

    Whatever sympathy I had for Gordon was gone long ago. It clearly just isn’t that important to him.

  27. 2ruefan says: May 11, 2017 12:16 PM

    Why the NFL wants to punish a guy for voluntarily seeking treatment and self-betterment is beyond me.

    No, the NFL simply would be enforcing their existing policies – POT is banned. If he checked into rehab it’s because he relapsed and used again AFTER he was reinstated.

    All you pot-loving jack-wagons crack me up.

    What don’t you get? It’s still illegal in many places, and still have policies against it’s use. It’s a drug. Period. Just because you have some hippie fantasy that it should be treated like it’s harmless doesn’t mean the laws changed overnight.

    So tired if hearing about this stuff..

  28. devanchase says: May 11, 2017 12:17 PM

    Didn’t his last suspension come from having a glass of wine on the team plane?

  29. armorgan67 says: May 11, 2017 12:18 PM

    First of all we don’t know why he was denied reinstatement. If I was a betting man I would bet he has tested positive again. I don’t want to hear “well its only weed”. Until the policy is changed its illegal and everyone knows it. Again if he’s denied because of a relapse then he has no one to blame but himself not the league or Goodell.

  30. mudmandenny says: May 11, 2017 12:20 PM

    While I agree that Gordon has received numerous chances, it is obvious that the commissioner is out to make an example out of Gordon. He has been suspended for 1) drinking the purple drink 2)smoking pot 3) drinking alcohol ,after the season, with a coach and believing the suspension was ended and 4) for voluntarily checking into rehab. The commissioner is deliberately ruining Gordon`s career over similar but unrelated offenses. Apparently domestic violence is more acceptable in Goodell`s eyes than recreational drugs.

  31. LakefrontLegend says: May 11, 2017 12:22 PM

    People need to stop saying he hasn’t been in any trouble since going into rehab. None of us know that; in fact, I’m willing to bet additional issues are why he hasn’t been reinstated.

    As someone mentioned, the league and the Browns created a special situation for him to come back and be around the team while awaiting reinstatement last preseason; it had never been done by the league. He comes back for one preseason game, balls out, then pulls himself out a week later to go to rehab. What else do you want the league to do?

  32. cgooch11 says: May 11, 2017 12:29 PM

    Imagine if he played for Green Bay? 2 game preseason suspension.

  33. nathanp2013 says: May 11, 2017 12:29 PM

    When rehab for pot comes up… does anyone else think of Bob Saget in Half-Baked?

  34. NFLexpert says: May 11, 2017 12:33 PM

    This is a good thing. Let him get his life together on his own dime, not the NFL’s. If he is clean in the Fall, take him back.

  35. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: May 11, 2017 12:33 PM

    He has squandered many opportunities that many people would give their left arm for, he only has himself to blame. Let this be a lesson to all especially young people.

  36. dallascowboysforever says: May 11, 2017 12:34 PM

    They’re not reinstating him because he has made the same mistakes again and again and again. He has failed drug tests multiple times. The fact that Adrian Peterson is allowed to play and is with the Saints now is just amazing for him. Some players are allowed a few chances over extenuating circumstances whereas for others, Goodell shows no mercy for. Ray Rice is screwed if you ask me.

  37. mysportsrumors says: May 11, 2017 12:36 PM

    Hate all these let him play its just post comments. Bottom line is he knows the rules, he willingly broke them, do the crime pay the time. its what he gets for being such a dope

  38. artvandelay919 says: May 11, 2017 12:36 PM

    The NFL is a joke.

  39. pastabelly says: May 11, 2017 12:38 PM

    I can’t see how freezing this guy out of the league is going to help him with his issues. They continue to employ dirt bags like Frank Clark with no problem.

  40. kerrchris65 says: May 11, 2017 12:41 PM

    No one to blame but himself. Have fun sleeping on someone’s couch the rest of your life, Gordon.

  41. tjacks7 says: May 11, 2017 12:47 PM

    People need to stop saying he hasn’t been in any trouble since going into rehab. None of us know that; in fact, I’m willing to bet additional issues are why he hasn’t been reinstated.

    Based on what? Do you really think the click-happy media wouldn’t be tripping all over themselves to report Josh Gordon getting in trouble again? If he did something and the league knows about it, it’s very unlikely that the media wouldn’t have found out about it and reported it. We get 4 articles every time Tebow farts and he’s not even in the NFL anymore.

  42. skittlesareyum says: May 11, 2017 12:54 PM

    kemp13 says:
    May 11, 2017 12:13 PM
    clayton268921 says:
    May 11, 2017 11:54 AM
    I don’t understand, it’s just weed.

    Like it or not, it’s illegal in most states, and it’s specified in the CBA as a banned substance. So saying “it’s just weed” is exactly the same thing, legally, as saying “it’s just heroin.”


    Sure, get busted for an ounce of weed versus heroin and see what happens.

    I am sick of this “as long as it’s illegal be good and don’t do it”. Government knows best. This appeal to authority is stupid. Founding Fathers would be proud of you. I honestly don’t use pot (not a fan of smoke; hard to get edibles in my state) but I find the law against it stupid and therefore don’t care if others use it. Simple.

  43. casualmalexlfan says: May 11, 2017 12:55 PM

    It’s cute that people keep automatically assuming it is weed every single time a player violates the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

  44. blah773 says: May 11, 2017 1:11 PM

    pay attention here, martavis.

  45. jerruhjones says: May 11, 2017 1:13 PM

    But Pacman and Adrian Peterson continue to play. What a joke!

  46. medialovesthecowboys says: May 11, 2017 1:15 PM

    Lets look at this from an angle the NFL will understand…

    Anyone else remember how good JG is on the field?
    The entertainment factor alone would be enough to re-instatement. Someone ought to remind ol’ Rog that Gordon is a moneymaker.

  47. big64d says: May 11, 2017 1:16 PM

    I think I know where Josh went wrong. Smoking weed is killing this mans career. If he would just pop pain killers like candy and hit every girl that enters his house he would be a pro bowler.

  48. medialovesthecowboys says: May 11, 2017 1:18 PM

    Leonard Little and Donte Stallworth see this as fair.

  49. abninf says: May 11, 2017 1:24 PM

    This is a good real world lesson for all the sympathetic millennials. If you repeatedly violate the rules of your employer you can expect it to have a negative effect on your employment.

  50. baronvonheil says: May 11, 2017 1:27 PM

    Gordon should sue the NFL. This is utterly ridiculous.

  51. jjackwagon says: May 11, 2017 1:29 PM

    Here is a legit abuse of power Florio.

    Why aren’t you banging the drum for Josh Gordon like you are for Cancernick?

  52. steeldominance says: May 11, 2017 1:31 PM

    Let him play.

    -Steeler fan

  53. harrisonhits2 says: May 11, 2017 1:44 PM

    If he was a Giant, Jet, Raven, Colt, Donkey or Steeler he would have been back on the field long ago.

    Corruption and double standards run deep in Roger Goodell’s National Integrity League.

  54. mdsayre says: May 11, 2017 1:46 PM

    I don’t get this, what has he done wrong to be denied?

  55. luckyladyweb says: May 11, 2017 2:00 PM

    News flash, the only reason he checked into rehab was because he knew when he got tested upon reinstatement that he would fail. He avoided future punishment by doing that. Bottom line I don’t care if it’s pot or alcohol, if you can’t follow the damn rules long enough to make your millions we as fans should not feel sorry for him. I wish they would just ban his ass. Tired of hearing about him and Kaep.

  56. mmack66 says: May 11, 2017 2:02 PM

    Future Raider.

    Still on suspension, of course.

  57. jonwill57 says: May 11, 2017 2:13 PM

    The seasons and games missed are really beginning to add up. Has he missed more games than he has played?

  58. tqaztec says: May 11, 2017 2:16 PM

    “Just say no!” by the 80s

  59. ihavenoeyedeer says: May 11, 2017 2:36 PM

    If you are pro-marijuana and I told you that you could make millions of dollars per year over an 8 year span….would you not lay off marijuana for those 8 years? After all, it’s not addictive….right?

  60. electricboogalo says: May 11, 2017 2:44 PM

    “You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin. And then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities,” former Nixon domestic policy chief John Ehrlichman said. “We could arrest their leaders. raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

  61. JazzAwakens says: May 11, 2017 2:57 PM

    He should see if Cleveland would trade his rights to the Giants. He could be in training camp at opening if that happened.

  62. fakebookfreddy says: May 11, 2017 3:01 PM

    The fact the Browns still have interest in this clown says a lot about the Browns.

  63. oscarxray says: May 11, 2017 3:05 PM

    Last year the Browns drafted 4 WRs and then along comes Josh Gordon fresh off re-instatement and he gets all the playing time in preseason instead of the rookies. That’s just one example of why they should have cut him long ago.

  64. laffers says: May 11, 2017 3:43 PM

    Seems to me that the League has punished this kid twice making his case ripe for a successful grievance.

  65. drunkraider says: May 11, 2017 3:53 PM

    In a league where guys take opiates by the hand full and its ok.

    but dont you smoke that Devil’s lettuce boy! you will be banned!

  66. zoneread510 says: May 11, 2017 3:58 PM

    I don’t have anything against people smoking weed, but I’m kinda glad the NFL is sticking with its policies. It’s also sad that someone can’t stop smoking weed, or if related to something else, for millions of dollars. He could have got a Dez Bryant type contract, but couldn’t stop smoking weed to actually be GIVEN the money.

  67. upnorthvikesfan says: May 11, 2017 5:12 PM

    So many people saying “it’s just pot!”. Sorry, marijuana is still illegal regardless of if you think it should be or not. Yes, the NFL makes millions off of alcohol in one form or another. And yes, alcohol can lead to a lot of problems as well. But the catch is, alcohol is NOT illegal. If they start saying “well, it’s illegal but its just pot”, then where does it end? What other crimes are they supposed to just over look?

  68. FinFan68 says: May 11, 2017 5:49 PM

    I don’t know if it is due to a love of marijuana or a hatred of anything Goodell does, but some of you posters are not even trying to think about this even a little.

    #1 you assume it is pot

    2 you completely discount how this guy has broken the rules…several times

    #3 he went through this process last year and he was allowed to come back by Goodell…but he later decided to fall of the wagon and then entered rehab (my opinion is he was trying to get lenience from the league rather than help for his problem) and I don’t believe he ever played a game

    #4 (and this one is kind of important) the fact that a player must REQUEST to be reinstated at least implies that the authority (Goodell) has the option to approve or deny the request.

    Goodell simply does not believe Gordon is ready and that is no doubt due to Gordon’s own actions. The rules, whether everybody agrees with them or not, were known to JG and he CHOSE to violate them. Don’t blame Goodell here…blame Josh.

  69. onebuffalove716 says: May 11, 2017 6:36 PM

    But don’t worry, we can find a job for Joe Mixon, because all he does is beat up women.

  70. denverscott says: May 11, 2017 6:49 PM

    Don’t break the law or the rules. Simple.

  71. jclark6528 says: May 11, 2017 6:49 PM

    People forget that his last suspension was for having a single beer on a team plane just after the season. The plane landed and they were waiting for him at the airport to test him. He has not played a regular season game since that sting operation.

  72. mlvcfan says: May 11, 2017 6:53 PM

    He didn’t bow down and suck Rogers D like the others

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