Josh Gordon can apply for reinstatement August 1

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The NFL won’t be waiting only 2-3 months to reconsider receiver Josh Gordon’s attempt to get back into the league.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Gordon may not reapply for reinstatement until August 1.

Applying on August 1 and being reinstated on August 1 are two very different propositions. The league will need time to consider the request and to evaluate Gordon before making a decision.

In the interim, the Browns will be completing training camp and the preseason and otherwise making plans for the 2016 regular season. At some point, the team’s plans will no longer include Gordon. That day is getting closer and closer, especially since it feels as if Gordon is farther and farther away from getting back into the league.

Meanwhile, the NFL needs to consider the broader question of whether it wants to push players out of football at a time when there’s a perception that an increasing number of players are walking away from the game. Although the supply of capable players far outpaces the demand, at some point the NFL needs to ask itself whether the days of playing Big Brother to men who choose to smoke marijuana in the privacy of their own homes are gone for good.

46 responses to “Josh Gordon can apply for reinstatement August 1

  1. the NFL is cutting off it nose. the kid is a great talent. the game is better with him on the field. the NFL seems to go one step fwd and 2 steps back.

  2. He better remember to smoke a joint before the next test. Gordon think the NFL “testing for marijuana ” means he better have some in his system. Or, perhaps he thinks the “drug test” is a written exam? Either way, he is an idiot.

  3. “Although the supply of capable players far outpaces the demand, at some point the NFL needs to ask itself whether the days of playing Big Brother to men who choose to smoke marijuana in the privacy of their own homes are gone for good.”

    It’s a stretch to equate holding a player that has progressed to the zero tolerance threshold of the substance abuse program after multiple failed tests that included testing positive for codeine and a DWI while already in the program accountable with somebody laying chill in their home sparking a blunt.

    Think about it, any player not in the program knows to a certainty the 2 week period during which they can be tested. That means they can spark it up to their hearts content for about 50 weeks out of the year. Or at least they can until the next CBA when pot testing is probably going away by mutual agreement from both sides

  4. this isn’t a big deal. He may just want to smoke more than play football, and that’s ok. He’s a young dude and I get that. When he turns 30 or 35 and has a regular job like the rest of us, that’s when he will get it. But now, the world is his oyster.

  5. He’s stupid for not being able to say no and the rule to test for weed is stupid.

    He’s an NFL player, who cares if he gets high? They are killing their brains in different ways.

  6. “the NFL needs to ask itself whether the days of playing Big Brother to men who choose to smoke marijuana in the privacy of their own homes are gone for good”

    I really did like that sentence being included in the article …

    it’s time for Big Brother to get off that horse as well …

  7. “Meanwhile, the NFL needs to consider the broader question of whether it wants to push players out of football at a time when there’s a perception that an increasing number of players are walking away from the game. Although the supply of capable players far outpaces the demand, at some point the NFL needs to ask itself whether the days of playing Big Brother to men who choose to smoke marijuana in the privacy of their own homes are gone for good.”

    This might be the dumbest thing I have read in years. I have visions of a Saturday Night Live commentary sketch. Get off of your high horse. The oxygen must be light up there.

  8. One toke over the line sweet Jesus
    One toke over the line
    Sittin’ downtown in a railway station
    One toke over the line

  9. Here is the issue I have. Someone in the media (either a Ravens or Steelers fan) really has it out for the Browns. If this was a high profile player on the Steelers, the leak on the marginal fail would have never happened. Then the NFL can work to sweep it under the rug. However, since this story got “leaked”, the NFL had no choice but to take action like this. Their hand was played for them.

    Then the media can continue to talk about how inept the Browns organization is while other teams like the Steelers can have 2 running backs arrested for smoking weed WHILE driving and both are not only still in the league, one is starting for the Patriots and the other starts for the Steelers! You can’t win in the NFL without players. Players do dumb things. Not just on Browns teams, but ALL 32 teams. The difference speaks for itself. You don’t believe me, the Ravens have been decimated since the Ray Rice ordeal. I hope law suits are filed, because this needs to stop. The media is controlling the fate of teams.

  10. You have it wrong Mike. The NFL is not at all attempting to “push players out of football” with their disciplinary actions. Regardless on your opinion of the use of any illegal or banned substance, it is up to Josh Gordon to follow the rules/regulations/policy in order to be allowed to return to his position in the NFL. This is no different than any other employee in the workplace.

  11. Does anyone believe that 3/4 or more of the players in the NBA don’t smoke weed?
    Yet you rarely hear of them getting suspended for it. They do, but only the biggest idiots fails drug tests. Why is that? That’s because the threshold for weed is a lot higher in the NBA than in the NFL. That means NBA players are allowed to smoke more weed before they trigger a positive test. The NFL should consider following the NBA’s guidelines on marijuana. Then perhaps the NFL wouldn’t be in the position they are now, with so many leaked test results and seemingly arbitrary and constantly changing rules regarding punishment.

  12. the NFL needs to ask itself whether the days of playing Big Brother to men who choose to smoke marijuana in the privacy of their own homes are gone for good.
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    One reason they are not allowed to violate federal law and smoke dope is because it makes the league look bad every time one of these guys is arrested for it. And the teams are forced to deal with that PR nightmare. You act like there’s no repercussions for the league and teams. If someone making $10/hr has to pass drug tests then I don’t think it’s unfair for guys who make millions to pass drug tests.

    You sound like a Millennial.

  13. The NFL is no different than any other major corporation or small business who randomly test for drugs. This will never change even if every state makes it legal. In fact, it will generate more drug testing and more firings. It is obvious Gordon has an addiction. This is not a matter of will power. He has a problem. Now lets just say the NFL does allow pot smoking, how long before players start suing the NFL because they got hurt during a game when they were high? Because they were high, they couldn’t tell how hard they got hit or how hard they hit someone? They were high and that is why they made the dirty hit? Or sue because the NFL said it was harmless but led to a herion addiction? Lung cancer?

  14. I think it would be both interesting and hilarious if a whole NFL squad publicly went to a location in either Colorado or Washington, sat in a circle and passed a joint. They should film it and send it to Roger. I would be just as pleased if it were my Browns as any other team. What would Roger do?

    For good measure they could include an authentic taped reprimand from the owner, coach and front office.

  15. mackcarrington says:
    Apr 12, 2016 6:10 PM
    They do, but only the biggest idiots fails drug tests. Why is that? That’s because the threshold for weed is a lot higher in the NBA than in the NFL. That means NBA players are allowed to smoke more weed before they trigger a positive test. The NFL should consider following the NBA’s guidelines on marijuana.
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    You think only the biggest idiots in the NBA get caught compared to how dumb you have to be to get caught by the NFL? Most NBA players would kill to swap the standards. NBA players can be randomly tested 4 times a season and twice per offseason. NFL players without a previous failed test can only be tested ONCE a year and they even know the time window. You have to be dumb as a box of rocks to get caught by the NFL. Treatment and punishment programs should be more stringent in the NFL since it is a system designed to catch only the most ridiculous of offenders. NBA players face more testing, that’s why the threshold is higher.

    It’s when a player tests positive that the NFL standards get tough. Conversely, NBA marijuana based punishment has incredibly lenient standards, a first positive test results in treatment, a second positive result means treatment and a fine both of which are confidential. When they get to a third positive test it calls for a five-game suspension. Making it even more absurd, none of those fails results in increased testing.

  16. Josh hit me up if you need a fall guy! I will drive you around, smoke the weed for you, test the escorts for you, pee in the cup for you. and most important take the fall !

    1mill a year. thats nothing compared to how much you will make in the NFL with my services.

  17. You have it wrong Mike. The NFL is not at all attempting to “push players out of football” with their disciplinary actions. Regardless on your opinion of the use of any illegal or banned substance, it is up to Josh Gordon to follow the rules/regulations/policy in order to be allowed to return to his position in the NFL. This is no different than any other employee in the workplace.

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    Signed: Roger Goodell

  18. It’s all really a moot point if he fails again July 30th. Every indication that Gordon has given us, that most likely is going to play out that way.

    That’s why the Browns aren’t pinning their hopes on this guy. And when that day comes, there will be a bunch of poor African kids running around with “FREE JOSH GORDON” T-Shirts.

  19. BayAreaBrownsBacker says:
    Apr 12, 2016 6:06 PM

    Here is the issue I have. Someone in the media (either a Ravens or Steelers fan) really has it out for the Browns.

    That’s the funniest thing I’ve read all day. So, it’s the media’s fault that the Browns are one of the worst run organizations in the league? A carousel of coaches and QBs is the media’s fault? Is it the media’s fault you drafted an Affluenza kid who is a drunk, a liar, and a woman beater? Is it the media’s fault you spent a 100 grand on a QB evaluation report, then ignored it to draft the drunk on the advice of a homeless guy?

    Is it the media’s fault that Josh Brown got a couple DUIs and then fails test after test after test? Is it the media’s fault your GM was the fall guy for texting plays to coaches?

    It’s the media’s job to report, and boy oh boy, do the Browns provide plenty of material. Let’s start with the owner who is a crook….

  20. The last sentence summed it up best…

    Its time Big Brother let grown men smoke weed in their own house on their own time. The reality is that it stays in your system for up to 30 days.

    The science has proven that alcohol, tobacco, and prescription pain killers are worse for your health.

    Time for the NFL to catch up to reality.

  21. Weed can damage your brain. The league can’t knowingly allow young men to damage their brains. It wouldn’t be right.

  22. I smoke weed like a boss. All day, everyday.

    But if you told me I could get paid 15 million a year to catch a football, I would drop that habit in a heartbeat.

    What a dummy.

  23. The point isn’t that people should be allowed to smoke weed, the point is that the NFL has a rule and Gordon has know this for four years, yet broke the rule REPEATEDLY. That just says he’s dumb. What these guys need, and NBA guys too, is to have to stay in college for four years, then, just maybe, they’ll mature a little bit and be able to make better decisions. N0t all of them, but maybe more than the spoiled idiots that populate the sports now.

  24. I wanted to play in the NFL so I got high.

    Then I got drafted by the Cleveland Browns so I got high.

    I got suspended for failed drug tests and a DUI.

    Why, why man?

    Because I was high, because I was high, because I was high.

  25. “NFL needs to ask itself whether the days of playing Big Brother to men who choose to smoke marijuana in the privacy of their own homes are gone for good.”
    ~~~~

    Mr. Florio, sir, you rock.

    PEDs, zero tolerance; responsible blazing up (i.e.; not driving impaired or doing anything risking being compared with Johnny Footnote), especially for less toxic pain management, butt the heck out!

  26. That makes sense. Reward Gordon for breaking the rules by letting him out of training camp

    Goodell is an idiot.

  27. Wow keep saying weed isn’t bad or addictive Man is giving up millions just to get high. Just like people justify pot is just a harmless plant while they get high …don’t be stupid. Don’t use drugs Any drugs

  28. It’s incredible just how addicted to the chemicals in pot people become, to the point that they just can’t put it down no matter how negatively affects their personal life. The very definition of an addiction! Just like booze, huffing paint, or tobacco – except that pot is illegal everywhere in the country, at all times, by federal law.

  29. Rules are rules, if you can’t stay within the rule book, then you can’t play. Everyone knows that, wake up Josh !!!

  30. I’m a Browns fan but Gordon, while extremely talented is a distraction to the team. How many games will he actually play in before his next suspension? That’s assuming he’s ever reinstated. Looking at the mind set of the front office, I predict Gordon will never play another down in a Browns uniform. It’s sad, but at the same time show’s the flaws of past Browns staffs that thought he’d make it in the NFL to begin with.

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