Goodell “hopeful” Josh Gordon understands he has to act differently


It’s been a little more than a year since Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a third violation of the league’s substance abuse policy, which means he’s been eligible to begin the process of getting reinstated for a couple of months.

At his Friday press conference in San Francisco, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed that Gordon has formally applied for reinstatement and outlined what needs to happen in order for Gordon to return to the football field.

“We did get the letter from Josh,” Goodell said. “The process is that we’ll go back and we’ll look at how he’s conducted himself over the last several months, what he’s done to make sure it’s consistent with the terms of a suspension and at some stage, we’ll have a report on that and I will engage with our people to understand where he is, where he’s been but most importantly where he’s going.  When these things happen, it’s about trying to avoid them in the future.  Our number one issue here is to prevent these things from happening.  I’m hopeful that Josh understands that he’s going to have to conduct himself differently going forward to be a member of the NFL and to be representing the Cleveland Browns, or any team in the NFL.”

League spokesman Greg Aiello said last month that players “must demonstrate sustained abstinence” if they hope to be reinstated and often submit testing records to show that they have avoided the substances that got them suspended in the first place. Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland reports Gordon “is confident he has met” the terms necessary to return to the field.

36 responses to “Goodell “hopeful” Josh Gordon understands he has to act differently

  1. I’m hopeful that Goodell is going to conduct himself better moving forward too

    But I’m not going to hold my breath

    Roger Goodell’s NFL – where the Commissioner and certain owners are better at cheating than anyone else

  2. He had only a couple of drinks on a plane going to Vegas. Players with him didn’t realize he was in violation. Gets suspended for a year. Something wrong here with the system.

  3. Well its confusing you know. The league specifically requires that the commissioner must be someone of unquestioned integrity. And yet Goodell remains commissioner. A Federal judge has stated Goodell is a liar and not about a personal issue or some similar circumstances that we are all guilty of at some time or another. But of a significant issue relevant to his job and that impacts the entire company. And in spite of so being classified, Goodell hypocritical questions whether Josh Gordon will abide by the league rules. Well why should he is the commissioner is not obligated to abide by league rules. At some point, the NFLPA needs to raise that question up the legal flag pole.

  4. ytownie says:

    He had only a couple of drinks on a plane going to Vegas.

    He knew the rules he was under.

  5. Nice to see Roger playing God again.

    He usually has the following pattern:
    1 Plays God,
    2. Screws up through his own bias, ego and incompetence,
    3. Finds himself under intense fire from everyone (except most of the enabling owners)
    4. Starts telling blatant lies and conducting the warped PR stunts,
    5. Retreats from the public eye for a while (like the coward he is),
    6. Believies the heat is off of him,
    7. Starts again at #1.


  6. Realistic offensive starters for Browns at some stage next year
    Certainly a line up worthy of a few wins

  7. If Cleveland really wants to finally turn things around, they need to forget about this guy.
    Let him go if he’s reinstated, cut Manziel, and quit drafting high ceiling time bombs. More Joe Thomas’ and less knuckleheads. Then they will be a competitive team.

  8. If the Browns are willing to cut their losses with Manziel, then they will probably let Gordon leave for a low round draft choice.

    As much as I’d like to see Norv Turner be reunited with him over in Minnesota, I feel that Norv might be considering retirement soon. Is having Gordon around worth the risk from a personnel point of view?

  9. It’s funny that the same league forces players that have brain damage, concussions etc. on the field but if you smoke some weed at home they’ll suspend you for years.

  10. abninf says:
    Feb 5, 2016 8:56 PM
    ytownie says:

    He had only a couple of drinks on a plane going to Vegas.

    He knew the rules he was under.


    Not true. Since the season was officially over he [and his teammates] thought he was in the clear.

  11. I’m surprised at how many comments say to let him go. Did you forget the way he turned the league upside down in 2013? I don’t condone what he’s done, but if they take the B sample rather than the A sample, he doesn’t get suspended for 10 games in 2014. After the season he had a couple drinks on a flight to Vegas. Both were violations and he shouldn’t have done it, but both were minor violations. The Browns have no big playmakers. NONE. They would be foolish to not at least give him another chance. Manziel is in the news every other week for some asinine behavior, Gordon has kept his nose clean. (No pun intended)

  12. skawh says:
    Feb 5, 2016 8:43 PM

    It was pot! Get over it!


    Actually it was beer the last time …….with team mates and an assistant coach on a plane to Vegas

  13. Getting busted for smoking weed should not be a suspension. It’s not performance enhancing drug. It’s far from it. It’s more of a depressant which would negatively affect performance. Now I’m not saying it shouldn’t go without punishment. How about a $50,000 fine for the 1st offense, and it doubles to $100,000 for a 2nd offense.
    A 3rd offense is $150,000 and 1 game. 4th offense is the same fine and 3 games. If they don’t get it by then, the team will get it and probably release the individual.

  14. Unless Gordon hits a female, the Browns fans and media will just give him a pass anyway. It`s funny how differently they are behaving towards him compared to Manziel.

  15. ytownie says:

    He had only a couple of drinks on a plane going to Vegas.

    He knew the rules he was under


    So did Brady, but hey a few PSI won’t kill anyone, right?

  16. The day will come when we look back and just hang our heads at the legal mayhem we, as a society, unleashed upon people for the unforgivable SIN of altering their own consciousness with the non-toxic and often beneficial substance marijuana.

    It’s legal on my planet. Normal people growing it in their back yard… passing it around like zucchini in the fall… not even kidding, if you were here, I’d GIVE you an ounce. I’ve got way more than I need. Buddy came over the other day, his neighbor had given him a big jar full, so he brought me 1/4 oz or so. I turned it down! I tried to give HIM a half ounce or so of some stuff that someone else had given me, and he turned THAT down! Weed so ubiquitous you can’t give it away. Sound civilized? It is. So get out and VOTE so to end this ridiculous prohibition in your own states.

  17. Proof that Gordon got the shaft is that most people don’t even know why he’s suspended and assume it was because of marijuana (you know that thing he almost got busted for ONCE in his NFL career until it was pointed out that it wasn’t enough in his system to even call it a positive test though people seem to believe that this guy is hanging out with Cheech and Chong).

    It wasn’t.

    His infraction was partaking of alcohol while on the NFL’s probationary period.

    Josh has gotten in more trouble with the NFL for a DUI than Manziel has gotten for his 6 or 7 alcohol related incidences in the last TWO SEASONS. By this standard Manziel should have been suspended a long time ago. Let’s not even get on that both Gordons infractions were during the OFF SEASON and his first two strikes shouldn’t have counted since Strike 1 was in COLLEGE and strike 2 doesn’t count as a fail under the NFL’s new policy.

  18. You should only get a one game suspension for pot and maybe two games for repeat violations, plus cash fines. A year for a couple of drinks is just plain stupid. What a joke.

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