Josh Gordon seems to suggest report of positive test is no big deal

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Browns receiver Josh Gordon hasn’t specifically addressed the report that he recently failed an NFL-imposed drug test. However, a couple of tweets from his account suggest that he regards the report as either inaccurate or not a big deal.

The first tweet declares “Smh,” Twitter talk for “shaking my head.” It includes a couple of sleeping emojis.

The next message says, “Call me if u need a real story worth writing.” (I don’t have his number, or I would.)

The only thing that seems relatively clear in the aftermath of today’s report is that someone has opted to leak that Gordon failed a drug test in violation of the clear confidentiality principles of the substance-abuse policy — possibly in order to justify the protracted delay in resolving the question of whether he’ll be reinstated.

So will the league office investigate how Gordon’s confidentiality rights were breached? The league office definitely should, regardless of what happens with Gordon’s reinstatement.

83 responses to “Josh Gordon seems to suggest report of positive test is no big deal

  1. I understand that I don’t understand the thinking of some of the players in the NFL. Most people I know would thank the stars above or God to be in the position of being able to make large sums of money playing a High School game albeit the highest form of this game. So.. no don’t give up smoking grass… life wouldn’t be worth it without it? Here’s a guy most consider a tremendously talented wide out that could make 10 of millions of dollars. I don’t get it and I know the people I grew up with would never turn their back on an opportunity like this. Incredible! One thing I’m more sure of than 10 years ago after reading this site. People are different and have different values. That’s an oversimplification but basically true.

  2. Gordon: “Bro, Cleveland sucks. I want out. How can I get them to release me?”

    Manziel: “Hey Bro, you know, I wanted out of Cleveland in the worst way. I just kept drinking, so they had to release me?”

    Gordon: “You mean, I should keep blazin’ so they will have to cut me.”

    Manziel: “Yeah, Bro.”

    Gordon: “You’re a genius. Much love. Man, you should move in with me so we can work on our game while I await my release. Then we can find a new team together and set this league on fire.”

    Manziel: “That’s the plan.”

  3. “So will the league office investigate how Gordon’s confidentiality rights were breached?”

    No doubt any investigation will have the same 24/7/365 no stone unturned no expense spared urgency as the ongoing searches for the league’s copy of the Ray Rice video and the Colts and Patriots PSI gauges that were last seen in the possession of league VP James Daniel.

  4. For his sake; hoping that the “report” is in error and was referring to past indiscretions already dealt with and he truly is not in trouble again………Its either that or he really is like Manziel and doesn’t get it…….

  5. Just kick gordon out of the lkeague and be donbe with it. Cleveland knows how to pick em. Gordon and manziel are 2 of a kind.

  6. We are scrambled in the head as a civilization if we continue to believe that Marijuana is a crime or something bad/evil. No corporation or anyone should be able to tell someone what they can or can’t put into their body. If you don’t want him to play fine, don’t sign him. But suspension lolololol, what kind of world do we live in?

  7. Josh Gordon doesn’t get it. The NFL should not allow him back into the league. Ban him for life and move on. He used up all his chances. It is a shame because he did show ability on the field.

  8. Used to hate Manziel and Gordon. For the same reasons everyone else is saying now. But NOW I’m one of their biggest fans. I agree that they should do everything to make themselves better, with the once in a lifetime position they are in, but i draw a line when other people can dictate whether they do or don’t. It’s up to them, not the NFL or the federal government. I hope they destroy the NFL one day and win multiple championships, just to prove that you can still be good at your job while enjoying life the way you want. No matter what way that is. And playing in a major sport shouldn’t disable someone from doing anything they want.

  9. Here’s a wild thought: maybe marijuana is not that big of a deal? And I don’t even use the stuff. Either legalize or decriminalize. It’s no worse than alcohol.

  10. That makes no sense penvik. Any employer can choose what limitations to put on employees, and any employee can choose to walk away from the employer.
    There is NO chance either one of these knuckleheads plays significant football in the NFL again. They are total losers. Wasted away the chance of their lifetime. They won’t make that kind of money or be as good as they could have been at a job as they had with the NFL.

  11. It’s no big deal because he wasn’t playing in the NFL last season and he won’t be playing this season. Or next.

    No change to the status quo. So no big deal.

  12. The good news is that now Josh and Johnny are free to party all they want and live off their past because they won’t be in the NFL anytime soon. This could have been Gordon’s last chance and if this test is deemed as a strike then he’s gonna have to wait a lot longer to be reinstated.

    However, the fact that he requested to be reinstated in February and tested positive for a diluted sample in March means he couldn’t even keep it together long enough for them to come to a decision. That’s not a good sign.

  13. penvik says:
    Apr 11, 2016 9:16 PM

    Used to hate Manziel and Gordon. For the same reasons everyone else is saying now. But NOW I’m one of their biggest fans. I agree that they should do everything to make themselves better, with the once in a lifetime position they are in, but i draw a line when other people can dictate whether they do or don’t. It’s up to them, not the NFL or the federal government. I hope they destroy the NFL one day and win multiple championships, just to prove that you can still be good at your job while enjoying life the way you want. No matter what way that is. And playing in a major sport shouldn’t disable someone from doing anything they want.
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    Generally I agree, but in this case there are rules about 2500 other professionals follow. The rules apply to everyone. If they can make millions somewhere else and smoke weed then fine. If they choose to smoke and not make millions, fine too. It’s ok to have rules and the ones in place would only violate their freedoms if they were forced to play. They are not, they don’t HAVE to play football. Besides, kids emulate pro athletes and the leagues would be under tremendous pressure not to allow pot. I think we can all agree that children shouldn’t be using.

  14. cant say i understand why hell let so much money slip away to get high…but on the flip side if currently suspended indefinitely shouldn’t that be the equivalent of not being in the league, I dont see why someone not in the NFL has to submit to a piss test anyway

  15. penvik, if you needed a very delicate, life or death operation, would you look for a surgeon who smokes weed, or one who doesn’t smoke weed? Lie if you want, but you know full well you wouldn’t want the pot smoking surgeon to do the operation.

  16. What aspartame wrote. Abide by your employer’s code or don’t pursue a job with that employer. And the NFL does indeed have an image to focus on. They are a source of entertainment, they don’t provide an indispensable service. As such, they need the positive image.

  17. I think you’re missing Josh Gordon’s point. He’s saying that his failing another drug test is such a predictable dog-bites-man storyline he’s not sure why its making headlines.

  18. petersjeffrey36 says:
    Apr 11, 2016 9:30 PM
    cant say i understand why hell let so much money slip away to get high…but on the flip side if currently suspended indefinitely shouldn’t that be the equivalent of not being in the league, I dont see why someone not in the NFL has to submit to a piss test anyway

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    Because he has asked to be reinstated.

  19. It shouldn’t be a big deal. Weed is therapeutic and football is a violent sport.

    Besides, the pills the doc tells you to pop will cause you way more long term damage.

    Time to get updated with 2016 and let the players smoke some weed in their private life if they wish.

  20. penvik says:
    Apr 11, 2016 9:16 PM
    If you don’t want him to play fine, don’t sign him. But suspension lolololol, what kind of world do we live in?

    It’s up to them, not the NFL or the federal government.
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    You have that a little backwards. If you can’t abide by the terms of a contract don’t sign it. As to what type of world we live in, it’s one where when you sign a contract you are expected to adhere to it’s terms in order to benefit from it. It isn’t as though playing in the NFL is a birthright.

  21. Alcohol is legal in every state in USA, drink up boys it’s legal and can cause no harm, now that marywanna stuff, that is some wicked evil plant, smoke that stuff and you might kill someone or beat your women, some nasty evil weed .

  22. Once they come down from their career highs, Josh and JFF can share a refrigerator box, a shopping cart, and all the blue grocery bags they can find. Drew can help.

  23. “So will the league office investigate how Gordon’s confidentiality rights were breached?” – maybe some idiot was talking smack and the media ran with it as fact.
    Wouldn’t be the first damn time.

  24. If a leak springs in the ether and no ones there to print it is it really a leak?

    Always love the righteous indignation around here about the violated rights of the athletes by writers more than happy to contribute in said violation.

  25. Tonya Harding. Todd Bridges. Leif Garrett. Danny Bonaduce.

    I’m pretty sure these two clowns couldn’t fight their way out of a wet paper bag against the aforementioned “celebs.”

    New 30 for 30 idea: World’s Biggest Idiot Atheletes… Narrated by the aforementioned “celebs.”

  26. There aren’t enough plumbers and/or Dutch boys to plug all the leaks in the league office.

  27. I’m withholding judgment on Gordon until after I see/hear the TMZ interview. It should be coming any moment now or at least right after the LA bars close tonight and Johnny brings them back to the crib.

  28. It amazes me how so many people can have a complete 180 degree view of everything. Then they try telling everyone who thinks normal that they are abnormal. They always say the same stuff. “It is 2016, not 1950”. They also like to talk about how the normal people stand n the way of progress. It is like some bizarre psychological experiment. When did it become a huge problem to be normal?

  29. Oh, btw.. if my million + dollar salary hinged upon whether I took a sip of beer or would even be around pot.. you bet your sweet pah-tooty I’d be singing the praises of abstinance and running the other way.

    It. Is. A. Privilege to be in the National Football League.

  30. Yeah, & I wonder why Brady destroyed his phone…. With the ineptitude of the NFL to not keep private issues & matters private in its own house, how can it be trusted with the personal information on his phone to NOT become leaked no matter how much the league promises it wouldn’t !!!!
    Prime example of why he did what he did!!!

  31. shlort says:
    Apr 11, 2016 9:31 PM

    penvik, if you needed a very delicate, life or death operation, would you look for a surgeon who smokes weed, or one who doesn’t smoke weed? Lie if you want, but you know full well you wouldn’t want the pot smoking surgeon to do the operation.
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    Let me guess. You’ve never smoked pot. You DO realize that not everyone who smokes is automatically stoned out of their minds every minute of their waking hours, right? Do you think “stoner-doctor-dude” snagged one of those fake doctor certificate thingy’s from the local head shop?

    Many people enjoy the varying tastes like a fine cigar or a tobacco pipe, a hot cup of coffee/tea, a cold beer.

    Oh! And that reminds me, I bet you’d be totally cool if that same doctor drank and I’d even bet that he does. Are you cool with that?

    That said, rules are rules. Boss says don’t do it, don’t do it. It’s his company.

  32. “We are scrambled in the head as a civilization if we continue to believe that Marijuana is a crime or something bad/evil. No corporation or anyone should be able to tell someone what they can or can’t put into their body. If you don’t want him to play fine, don’t sign him. But suspension lolololol, what kind of world do we live in?”

    Would you like to be under the care of a stoned doctor or nurse?

  33. I can’t be the only one of us picturing Gordon doing an Afroman cover right now

    I mighta got reinstated but then I got high

    Might have gone to the hall of fame too but then I got high

    Now I’m stayin’ unemployed and I know why…

    because I got high…
    because I got high…
    because I got high

  34. And in addition to my earlier post, yes I’ve smoked pot. Also drunk doctors and nurses are asked to leave the hospital, as are people who show up with THC in their blood. Rules is rules.

  35. If the league wants to investigate who is behind the leaks i suggest they find a mirror and take a good hard look. I guarantee it is the same low life that leaked the false deflate gate information. The legue office is so corrupt they don’t even know what integrity is.

  36. asparatame says:
    Apr 11, 2016 9:28 PM

    Generally I agree, but in this case there are rules about 2500 other professionals follow.

    .x.x.x.x.x.x.

    If you think 2500 other NFL players don’t use marijuana, then I think you’ve been using something a lot stronger than marijuana.

    Some players estimate 50%. Some say 70%. Either way, a lot more of your heroes are using marijuana to cope with the physical and emotional toll playing football takes on the body.

    And let’s not forget the fact that basically ALL NFL PLAYERS USE OPIATES AS “LEGALLY” PRESCRIBED PAIN PAIN.

    Hmmmm….marijuana or OPIUM???

    I’ll vote for marijuana EVERY SINGLE TIME.

  37. Give him a lifetime ban and sue him to get as much money back from him for being a genuine dirtball.

    This guy is even low for a Cleveland Dog Pile standard of player quality.

  38. penvik says:
    Apr 11, 2016 9:10 PM
    We are scrambled in the head as a civilization if we continue to believe that Marijuana is a crime or something bad/evil. No corporation or anyone should be able to tell someone what they can or can’t put into their body. If you don’t want him to play fine, don’t sign him. But suspension lolololol, what kind of world do we live in?

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    Gordon is the one that wants to play for the corporation because his next best alternative makes about one 1000th of the salary. However, he can’t obey the rules required to play. Doesn’t matter if the rules are just. Smoking marijuana is an unecessary pastime for a healthy NFL player and he could just not do it and abide by the rules like most other company employees who are subjected to drug tests.

    As for having the right to put anything in your body you want, you don’t have that right, because controlled substances exist and are managed by the elected government which is what the people want.

  39. Is it just me or is the league just making an example out of this guy. He can’t be the only idiot to hang out while his bros are blazing. Maybe it was just second hand from Manziel?

  40. I’d much rather watch a TV show with the adventures of Johnny Martini and Josh Ganja than see them in the NFL. Wacky hijinks and more entertainment to follow.

  41. vbe2 says:
    Apr 11, 2016 10:36 PM
    It was Adam Schefter that leaked it. He likes putting personal stuff out like that.
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    Yes, Shifty has become a serious dirtbag. But tossing that out there doesn’t make your credibility exactly sterling either. From the accompanying story right here at PFT:

    “Suspended Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon failed another league-administered drug test last month, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reported Monday.”

  42. Two separate issues folks…

    1. should marijuana be legal? Yes, probably. It currently is in some places as we know.

    2. is it legal and do most employers test for it and not allow it? Yes. and most of us that value our jobs, are accountable to our families, etc. adhere to the rules in place because we are adults that act RESPONSIBLY.

  43. It was Adam Schefter that leaked it. He likes putting personal stuff out like that.
    _____________________________________
    We need to hate Shefty, Goodell, Chris Berman, Tom Jackson and everyone else associated with the NFL. Why? Becuz it makes us fan boyz feel cool.

  44. I get that alcohol is on par with MJ, but I think the real issue lies in the ability to determine if one is currently high. If you are drunk, you will fail a breathalyzer, no such analogous test exists for weed. There are many people who can pass off as normal while being baked out of their minds. Any drug test could be chalked up to previous use and not current, and that is the problem.

    Also, you can enjoy a glass of wine or a beer without getting drunk. When you smoke, you smoke to get high.

  45. For those people on the just let them smoke it kick or it’s only pot, it should be legal, or any other complaint about how it isn’t fair you should really try paying closer attention.

    This isn’t about whether it should be legal – sure it should. It isn’t about letting players smoke or not, it IS about the fact that BOTH THE PLAYERS and the owners agreed that pot is illegal in the NFL.

    If the players signed off on it not being allowed stop griping about the players getting suspended for it. They knew the rules and chose to break it.

    Oh yeah, by the way, the legalize pot groups also proved that pot is not addictive SO he openly chose to break the rules right as he was trying to get back in.

    To me this sounds like either a man who wants the attention but not to do the work, someone who thinks he is above the law (so to speak), or just doesn’t care.

  46. Seems like about the time a lifetime ban is in order. This guy either can’t control his lifestyle enough to stay within the league’s rules, or doesn’t care enough to even try. At least he imploded before he signed a contract for guaranteed mega-millions, not afterward.

    It’s time for him to go away for good and let his team move on. Same applies to Justin Blackmon.

  47. It’s time to cut him loose and give the opportunity to a young man who really wants it.

  48. I bet Gorda could go to any trainer or team doc to get all the opiates or torodol that his heart desired. But let’s keep supporting this absurd,failed, quest against marihuana. How’s does that shoe polish taste, bootlickers?

  49. While I’m all for legalization…. Its laughable to read peoples comments that its not a big deal. It clearly IS a big deal when someone will forgo MILLIONS of dollars for the opportunity to get high. That’s a big deal! I mean, if someone said they’d give me a million to quit eating cookies you damn sure better believe this fat kid aint eating another cookie! lol

  50. A leaked piece of information that helps the league justify their actions? Call me shocked… Standard Operating Procedure. How is that Manning HGH investigation coming along?

  51. I LOVE the pro “make it legal” crowd. They are so high they cant see the big picture. I’m sure they wont sue when the guy (legally in their bizarre world) driving a dump truck, high as a kite smoking pot, mows down their kids standing at the bus stop…

  52. “But hey, pot isn’t addictive”, am I right?!! LOL!!!

  53. this guy doesn’t get it, he fails to see that playing football isn’t a right, it’s a privaledge and he’s about to lose that privaledge. seriously he already lost an entire season because he enjoys smoking pot and now he’s about to lose even more time and he doesn’t see anything wrong in what he did. just sad and pathetic.

  54. penvik says:

    We are scrambled in the head as a civilization if we continue to believe that Marijuana is a crime or something bad/evil.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    In most states – it is a crime. I’m not making this up (as you appear to be doing) – it is the law.

    We can debate whether it needs to be the “law” – but until it is changed – it is the law.

    As far as being something that is bad/evil – well – for Josh Gordon it is.

    He wants to play a game in the National Football League. The league, as his employer, says that he can’t play if he ingests marijuana into his body.

    As a teenager that went to HS in the late 60’s and early 70’s – I will admit to having used some marijuana.

    That ended when I became an adult with a job that banned any use of controlled substances.

    It’s called being responsible for your own actions.

  55. If this is true, then I understand some sentiment about him following the rules and how it shouldn’t be this hard to be eligible to play in the League.

    **BUT** all this chatter about how he’s a loser because of this lack of control… all it does is hide the fact that the rules are decades behind the times, and NEED to be changed. In 15 years, no one is going to be talking about how Josh Gordon was a drug addict; they’re going to be talking about how he was denied to play because of a power-hungry Commissioner. This will probably be around the same time when players are suing the NFL for making prescription pain-killers so readily available for addiction for all this time, all-the-while making the Tokers out to be felons and denying them the right to play professional football.

  56. Businesses have the right to tell their employees that a condition of their continued employment is that they cannot be stoned at work.
    You have the right to find another job if you don’t like the rules.

  57. Considering they get “4 fails” before the it counts as a failed test, i would have to lean to he doesnt’ get it

    chawk12thman says:
    Apr 11, 2016 9:06 PM

    For his sake; hoping that the “report” is in error and was referring to past indiscretions already dealt with and he truly is not in trouble again………Its either that or he really is like Manziel and doesn’t get it…….

  58. Failing a drug test and being “stoned at work” are two different things.

    This idea that anyone who smokes weed is a burnout drug addict and doesn’t deserve to play football, meanwhile each game broadcast is riddled with beer commercials is pretty funny, in a sad way.

    Alcohol is 10x worse for you. Would rather be stuck around a bunch of stoners than drunks any day of the week.

    And yes some of you are going to use the “well regardless pot is illegal and beer isn’t and he should know better” argument, the longer you hold on to that perspective, the longer we will live in a society with silly rules. You’re the consumer. We are the consumer. And the more we tell the league and society that this isn’t.a big deal to us, the sooner they can move on from it.

    I mean considering the amount of pain killers and other medical junk players go through, smoking weed is nothing. At least it’s not destroying their kidneys like everything else they have to take does.

    Legalize, then let everyone out of jail that we taxpayers are supporting because we as a society for some weird reason decided that locking someone up over a plant and footing the bill for their three meals a day was somehow the right course of action.

    For as progressive as we are in America we sure make some prett unscientific and arbitrary rules for ourselves.

  59. The only thing left that can help the Factory of Sadness is to completely disband the team for a few years then bring it back as an expansion team with a new owner.

    When players like Manziel and Gordon resort to this kind of behavior just to get out of their contracts all hope for a turnaround is lost.

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