No reinstatement application from Josh Gordon, yet

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Browns receive Josh Gordon ended a 90-day rehab stint last month. He is eligible to apply for reinstatement to the NFL. Per a league source, that hasn’t happened yet.

Gordon hasn’t filed yet even though former Olympian Tim Montgomery, who has been assisting Gordon, has said, “He’s coming. . . I think he’s going to be there this season.”

Even if Gordon files this week, the league has no deadline or timetable for resolving a reinstatement request. And since Gordon currently doesn’t have an agent to help Gordon through the process of filing his petition, the application may not move as quickly as it otherwise would.

Gordon, a second-round pick in the 2012 supplemental draft, last played in 2014, appearing in five games and catching 24 passes for 303 yards. In 2013, Gordon generated 1,646 receiving yards in 14 games.

It’s a shame that his talent has been wasted, both by his inability to comply with the league’s rules regarding off-field substance use and abuse — and by the league’s insistence to police the private lives of employees for things completely unrelated to their unemployment.

12 responses to “No reinstatement application from Josh Gordon, yet

  1. and by the league’s insistence to police the private lives of employees for things completely unrelated to their unemployment.
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    So if you were an owner you would have no problem with a team full of drug addicts? You’d be cool when they got arrested for possession the night before a game? No problem with bad PR? What’s disturbing is there really are a few people who think like you.

  2. If you seriously believe that the private use/abuse of off-field and illegal substances has no impact on your ability to do your job. You are the one that needs to be tested.

  3. I would think that Gordon has taken the necessary steps to be reinstated once he applies.
    As with so many other cases, the NFL will deliberately be slow to issue a decision, taking the “wait and see” approach. However, this approach is ultimately unfair to the player, as it disallows them from earning a paycheck, and contributing to team and personal success.
    There really should be a rule that suspension-activation related decisions should be resolved within, say a one week timeframe.

  4. A positive pot result in the offseason should not freakin’ matter. If you look at the history of his infractions they start with him on probation for a college infraction and then a bunch of mostly silly failings. Note: I do not smoke weed at all. But I know enough that alcohol is a much much bigger problem in our society and everyone is waking up to that fact. They shouldn’t even be testing for weed.

  5. HUH?? Pot is illegal and most jobs test for it. Even in states where it is legal. It may seem petty to most but alot of people – but it is still up to the employer. Dont like it – find a new job. Simple solution.

  6. I seriously believe it is just fine for adults to smoke pot and the NFL should be ashamed of itself for destroying this young man’s career. It’s not like he showed up to work stoned, you righteous idiots.

  7. “and by the league’s insistence to police the private lives of employees for things completely unrelated to their unemployment.”

    Preach it Florio.

  8. and by the league’s insistence to police the private lives of employees for things completely unrelated to their unemployment

    Except it’s in the CBA which means the NFLPA agreed to those terms. The fact it’s only a problem for a few knuckleheads means it’s not a big challenge for 99% of the players.

  9. Everyone asking if the owners would be okay with a team full of drug addicts (lol). Owners are okay with players putting their bodies on the line every week and sacrificing their future health with things like CTE. I think owners ought to be okay if players recreationally use pot to get by. If their performance suffers, they just cut them. Same as if they eat too much.

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