Total length of Josh Gordon’s suspensions is 56 games

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Browns receiver Josh Gordon will be eligible to play again in Week 13 after the longest of his multiple suspensions. By then, those suspensions will have totaled 56 games.

Gordon was suspended for the first two games of the 2013 season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy and suspended the first 10 games of the 2014 season for another violation. He was also suspended for the last game of 2014, although that suspension was by the Browns, not the NFL, for violating team rules.

Gordon was then suspended at the start of the 2015 season and hasn’t played since. He missed all 16 games in 2015, all 16 games in 2016 and will have missed 11 games in 2017 when he’s finally eligible to play again. Add up all those suspensions, and they come in at 56 games.

Players who have committed far more serious infractions than Gordon have often received much, much shorter suspensions than Gordon did. The NFL’s standard suspension for domestic violence, for instance, is six games, and in practice players suspended for domestic violence usually get less than six games. Gordon, however, has not complained, and indicated in a recent interview that he needed the time away from the NFL to work on his rehab. He’s finally getting the chance to show he can stay clean and get back on the field.

28 responses to “Total length of Josh Gordon’s suspensions is 56 games

  1. There may be more egregious acts committed, but this dude was told “No, don’t” by his employer more times than you can shake a stick at. Fact is, he’s lucky to get a job at all. If someone violated their company’s rules as much as Gordon they would not be welcome back at all.

  2. I remember him absolutely owning Aqib Talib in 2013. One of the most impressive receiver performances I’ve seen. The football fan in me would like to see him get back to that, on any team.

  3. The suspensions were also about sending signs to the kid to get his life together rather than to continue to enable him. From his own words and through other rumors, he was deep into addiction.

    Weed may not be chemically addictive, but anything can be psychologically addictive. Sex, overeating, and laziness can all be fun and harmless but can be pursued to an unhealthy degree to the point that they ruin your life. Take this concept to its worst extreme, even some abuse victims subconsciously seek new abusive relationships because they are dependent on them in order to feel “normal.”

    I agree that weed should be legal, but by many accounts Josh was in a bad, bad place with multiple substances and behaviors, both legal and illegal.

    I’m so glad that he is working through it and hope he keeps getting healthier.

  4. Twice suspended in college for drugs (the 2nd time indefinitely at Baylor). So of course ideal material for the factory of sadness.

    Browns GM at the time, Tom Heckert, said:
    “We kind of did our homework on him, no question about it. We brought the kid in, I talked to a zillion guys and I couldn’t find one guy to say something bad about the kid.”

    Kind of? Thank god Heckert is now in Denver. Anyway, Gordon applied for reinstatement last year but (surprise, surprise) was denied after reportedly failing another drug test.

    Any good team would have cut ties to this kid long ago. But it takes a lot of work to keep a whole factory this sad.

  5. thisistheendifyouletit says:
    November 2, 2017 at 6:04 am
    There may be more egregious acts committed, but this dude was told “No, don’t” by his employer more times than you can shake a stick at. Fact is, he’s lucky to get a job at all. If someone violated their company’s rules as much as Gordon they would not be welcome back at all.

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    Yeah I don’t agree with this. Domestic violence is a far worse crime and the entire league has been told “No, don’t” by their employer. More times than you can shake a stick at. Yet these people get nearly 1/10th of the suspension and most, not all, come back to jobs. That’s a violation that is far more serious than Gordon’s and they have been welcomed back.

    The standards are whacked. Cheating will get you 4 games off even though it screws with the integrity of the game. DV will get you 6 even though it is hardly a victimless crime, and it screws with the integrity of the league. Guy smokes dope (and that is NOT to understate his addiction issues) and he’s out for 3 years. I think that’s a problem.

  6. So pot is not addictive but a guy forfeits mullions of dollars because he just can’t live day-to-day without smoking pot….. Yeah right.

  7. Hamish1314 says:
    November 2, 2017 at 6:03 am

    He did it to himself but it’s time to consider weed as an alternate to pills for players treatment of pain..it’s a natural substance
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    wow, so he was hurt all that time he WASN’T playing and needed to keep smoking? yeah ok that sounds reasonable!

  8. You can disagree with marijuana being a violation, or with it being illegal at all. But it doesn’t change the fact that it is illegal in most states still, and the NFL still says it’s a violation. Follow the rules and the law, or deal with the consequences. It’s really that simple.

  9. reddzen says:
    November 2, 2017 at 8:27 am
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    First of all, Ray Rice disagrees with you. Second of all, you keep beating women and/or getting arrested for anything, and you’ll be suspended as long as this joker. Most people never get half as many chances as he’s been given. If anything, the NFL is being quite generous and nice about this after he gave them the middle finger time and time again.

  10. Now that suspension over the question is: can he still run and catch a football? Obviously he was super-talented, but that was a long layoff.
    It would be ironic (and very sad) that after that much time away from football because of his drug abuse, he is not able to play anymore and ends up returning to drugs as refuge.

  11. Fact is, he’s lucky to get a job at all. If someone violated their company’s rules as much as Gordon they would not be welcome back at all.

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    If you’re as good as Gordon was/is at something that’s in demand, trust me, you’ll get a job. We aren’t talking getting fired from a factory assembly line here.

  12. You forgot that there was a DUI involved which kicked off the additional suspensions as he kept violating probation

  13. Hamish1314 says:
    November 2, 2017 at 6:03 am
    He did it to himself but it’s time to consider weed as an alternate to pills for players treatment of pain..it’s a natural substance

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    While I agree in this case that it may be a safer method of pain management, the “natural substance” point has always been ridiculous to me. There are plenty of substances that are natural that are poisonous to the human body and not meant for consumption. It doesn’t make it healthy because it’s natural.

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