Dion Jordan will apply for reinstatement Wednesday

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Like so many of NFL players suspended for at least a year due to violations of the substance-abuse policy, Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan has become both gone and largely forgotten. Jordan could soon be no longer forgotten, and also no longer gone.

The third overall pick in the 2013 draft tells Tom Pelissero of USA Today that a petition for reinstatement will be filed on Wednesday.

Jordan says that he has passed two tests a week since his suspension began in early 2015, and that he hasn’t taken drugs in more than two years. He says that, in November 2014, he provided a diluted sample after admittedly drinking excess water to flush alcohol from his system, without realizing he wasn’t being tested for alcohol.

Jordan also claims that his previous six-game suspension in 2014 resulted from a positive test for MDMA and a positive test for marijuana. Without other violations, however, those two failed tests shouldn’t have put Jordan off the field, at all.

Whatever the outcome of the reinstatement effort, the league’s obsession with checking a player’s urine for drugs that don’t enhance performance continues to keep skilled, able players off the field for reasons unrelated to their skills and abilities. At a time when many think the NFL should be worried about skilled, able players choosing to retire from football prematurely, maybe the league should reconsider its attitude regarding the things willing participants in professional football do when they aren’t at work.

39 responses to “Dion Jordan will apply for reinstatement Wednesday

  1. ” At a time when many think the NFL should be worried about skilled, able players choosing to retire from football prematurely, maybe the league should reconsider its attitude regarding the things willing participants in professional football do when they aren’t at work.”
    Oh, you mean you only want the idols of kids and faces of billion dollar franchises to be able to use illegal drugs. Got it. Why draw the line there -maybe the league should go back to turning a blind eye to other off work hobbies like domestic violence and murder.

  2. Interesting, the first two comments coming from whining pats fans. Ironically, talking about busts, liars, role models.

    I sincerely hope Jordan comes back with a vengeance.

  3. tylawspick6 says:
    May 30, 2016 2:10 PM
    of course now that he is using gomer’s undetected chinese guyer roids with goodell approval, all is well.

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    Except that he was in trouble for substance abuse not PEDs.

  4. Unfortunately Dion Jordan is the biggest draft bust in Dolphins history and top 5 all time in NFL history.
    Thank you once again Jeff Ireland for excellent due diligence! 🙁

  5. Back to football… Jordan has a lot to prove to gain people’s trust again. Hopefully he has grown up.

  6. I expect him to return to the team. He served his suspension and stayed out of the news the entire time. Other players have come back after worse.

    Currently he is the biggest bust in Dolphins history.

    I’d like to see him have a chance to battle that label.

  7. I take issue with, “Whatever the outcome of the reinstatement effort, the league’s obsession with checking a player’s urine for drugs that don’t enhance performance continues to keep skilled, able players off the field for reasons unrelated to their skills and abilities.”

    Wrong. This IS related to their skills and abilities. Illicit drugs have the potential to DEGRADE performance. It is absolutely fair for owners to expect peak performance from the men they are paying millions of dollars to.

  8. Low life druggies and cheaters have no place in the NFL. There are plenty of players with good moral character that deserve that job more than someone that support organized crime and narco-terrorism with his evil drug addiction.

    The NFL brings all these problems on themselves by hiring criminals, druggies, drunkards, wife beaters and other scumbags.

    High moral character ought to be a minimum requirement before one gets assessed for football skills.

    It would be far better for public relations to never have evil people associated with the NFL.

  9. Good luck Dion. Some of us are rooting for you to get reinstated and show us what you can do on the field. Hopefully he has learned from his mistakes otherwise he needs to start looking for a new career.

  10. I did not like Ireland but he did bring some fine players to the team which are not here anymore because we preferred to sign expensive free agents and could not afford to keep our own. Still Jordan will become a complete disaster the worst kind of draft bust. A trade up, off field issues and a top three pick. Certain character traits should show with careful intelligence reports. I do beleive Ireland took a punt on this player and a very expensive one that could put the team back years if it has not already if he doesn’t sort himself.

  11. He’s never done anything on the field to have been drafted at all. Nice reach, Miami.

  12. “Whatever the outcome of the reinstatement effort, the league’s obsession with checking a player’s urine for drugs that don’t enhance performance continues to keep skilled, able players off the field…”

    Two other posters have quoted that phrase so far but both failed to point out that Jordan has yet to prove he is either skilled or able. Nor, if reinstated, is he likely to

  13. “… the league’s obsession with checking a player’s urine for drugs that don’t enhance performance continues to keep skilled, able players off the field for reasons unrelated to their skills and abilities.”

    They could start an entire new (and better) league with players the NFL has locked out.

  14. Did someone actually comment that domestic violence and murder are off field hobbies?

  15. Wish Dion the best. It’s not as if he was abusing HGH. He gives a lot of flexibility to the Dolphins’ DC.

  16. It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t improve his play on the field. His employer has strict rules about drug use and that’s their prerogative. This isnt a debate over what’s harmful or should be legal. It’s plain and simply a requirement of his job. There are plenty of other companies and organizations that have similar strict rules regarding the same thing.

  17. Regardless of all that has happened since that Foolio Ireland drafted this kid, I’m still rooting for this guy to come back and redeem himself… How awesome would it be if this guy found redemption here in Miami by becoming an absolute force of a monster on the field for the Dolphin’s defense!!

  18. gutdaniel says:
    May 30, 2016 5:03 PM
    Regardless of all that has happened since that Foolio Ireland drafted this kid, I’m still rooting for this guy to come back and redeem himself… How awesome would it be if this guy found redemption here in Miami by becoming an absolute force of a monster on the field for the Dolphin’s defense!!

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    It would be far more awesome if he were thrown out of the NFL for good so that kids would get the message that if you don’t follow the rules, you don’t get in the NFL.

  19. He is / was an unbelievable talent if used properly. I am a die hard Dolphins fan and he will need to be force on the field for me to be a fan of his. He had multiple chances and failed with stupid choices. His level of comittment is what will determine the outcome. Is he still in football shape? Can he contribute as more than a role player? I am not sold on this guy, but what a bonus he could be and hopefully even good enough to shed the Bust title. Good luck to you, Dion. Please prove us all wrong!

  20. Patriot fans for sure don’t want this guy to succeed. He has the speed, size, arm length, and a great athlete. The guy that could match up and cover against Gronk. Only thing in question is his brain. Same could even be said for Gronk except he’s proven himself. Jordan has a long way to go.

  21. Jeez, I wonder how many of these judgemental tightwads in the comment have ever taken an “illegal drug” or have gotten completely blitzed from a state sponsored drug like alcohol?

    Both marijuana and MDMA have been shown to have positive effects on traumatic brain injury.

    If this world made any sense at all, players would be encouraged to smoke marijuana.

  22. nyneal says:
    May 30, 2016 5:12 PM

    gutdaniel says:
    May 30, 2016 5:03 PM
    Regardless of all that has happened since that Foolio Ireland drafted this kid, I’m still rooting for this guy to come back and redeem himself… How awesome would it be if this guy found redemption here in Miami by becoming an absolute force of a monster on the field for the Dolphin’s defense!!

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    It would be far more awesome if he were thrown out of the NFL for good so that kids would get the message that if you don’t follow the rules, you don’t get in the NFL.

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    Aaaaaaaand even better if he works his butt off and lives up to his full potential and makes a complete and total turn around of his life!! He would therefore inspire all of us who do make mistakes in life including kids to work even harder and make our wrongs right…

    It is never too late to be what you could have been… and there is no greater inspiration than to beat the odds and find redemption in life after hitting rock bottom…

    I am still going to root for this kid, and the Dolphins!!

  23. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Dolphins have already moved on from this kid. I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve another chance, only that I don’t think the Dolphins will be the team that gives him that chance.

  24. After watching the video, I am more impressed with the trainer than Jordan. He could have requested reinstatement in March or early April but he didn’t. The reason seems to be he was not/is not in shape. To me, that shows a lack of commitment. I would expect someone in his situation to be ready to go the moment he became eligible. I get that he had some issues but he is talking about changing his ways. Unless that is a pretty recent epiphany, it looks like it is just talk right now. I hope the kid can come back, play well and reverse that bust moniker he rightly earned. If he doesn’t, well, I don’t really care since he didn’t seem to care back when fans did.

  25. Yo Dion … nobody cares … more proof that Ireland should never be more then a bag boy at your local piggly wiggly …

  26. blowfishes says:
    May 30, 2016 7:48 PM

    It wouldn’t surprise me if the Dolphins have already moved on from this kid. I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve another chance, only that I don’t think the Dolphins will be the team that gives him that chance.

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    As much as I want to see the guy make things right and redeem himself, it would not surprise me if you are totally right on this… Oh well, go Fins!!

  27. Reading many of the comments in here, it’s clear that many people have bought into the idea that taking responsibility for ones own actions and having to pay a price for doing wrong is no longer a virtue.
    It’s saddens me to see how America has changed in that regard. Rules and laws are now unimportant to a lot of people. It’s a me-me society we have now and the individual is deemed more important than the masses. That will be the undoing of this great nation.
    Individual rights are very important, but not to the detriment of society as a whole.
    Jordan failed two drug tests that we know of and a third was doctored.
    I am sick and tired of seeing these guys blatantly violate the rules. I want the NFL to make a three-strikes-and-your-out policy and get rid of guys who think rules are made for others to follow.

  28. nyneal says:
    May 31, 2016 6:02 AM

    Reading many of the comments in here, it’s clear that many people have bought into the idea that taking responsibility for ones own actions and having to pay a price for doing wrong is no longer a virtue.
    It’s saddens me to see how America has changed in that regard. Rules and laws are now unimportant to a lot of people. It’s a me-me society we have now and the individual is deemed more important than the masses. That will be the undoing of this great nation.
    Individual rights are very important, but not to the detriment of society as a whole.
    Jordan failed two drug tests that we know of and a third was doctored.
    I am sick and tired of seeing these guys blatantly violate the rules. I want the NFL to make a three-strikes-and-your-out policy and get rid of guys who think rules are made for others to follow.

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    Hey man, I understand your frustrations, and where you are coming from… and I agree with you that there probably needs to be a strict limit on how many chances a person gets before they are banned from the NFL. I guess I just feel like this kid made some stupid mistakes, and I just kind of hope that this time he makes good on his words of responsibility and making things right… I guess I can forgive him for the moment because he was not beating his wife, beating his kids, or robbing houses in his neighborhood…

    You are right though my friend, these are different times we are living in… people do seem more shallow and narcissistic than ever before, and it does seem like it is a “It’s all about me” society… But I want to believe that some of us will still rise above the B.S. and make good on our words. Good luck to you, and your team!!

  29. nyneal says:
    May 31, 2016 6:02 AM
    Reading many of the comments in here, it’s clear that many people have bought into the idea that taking responsibility for ones own actions and having to pay a price for doing wrong is no longer a virtue.
    It’s saddens me to see how America has changed in that regard. Rules and laws are now unimportant to a lot of people. It’s a me-me society we have now and the individual is deemed more important than the masses. That will be the undoing of this great nation.
    Individual rights are very important, but not to the detriment of society as a whole.
    Jordan failed two drug tests that we know of and a third was doctored.
    I am sick and tired of seeing these guys blatantly violate the rules. I want the NFL to make a three-strikes-and-your-out policy and get rid of guys who think rules are made for others to follow.

    Isn’t that exactly what he did? He was forced to sit out a year and not get paid for breaking the rules. There are players in the league who beat their gf’s/wives and were punished less. Would you rather see the league penalize players smoking a drug that’s legal in many states (albeit against their employer’s policy fully acknowledged) or try to get the people the help they need and work on rooting out people doing far worse things? I would much rather see people suspended forever for harsher crimes than pot. (And for the record I’ve never smoked).

  30. liftheavyorliftheavy says:
    May 30, 2016 2:32 PM

    tylawspick6 says:
    May 30, 2016 2:10 PM
    of course now that he is using gomer’s undetected chinese guyer roids with goodell approval, all is well.

    ————-

    Except that he was in trouble for substance abuse not PEDs.

    Except he was busted for PED use in 2014 and missed first four games of the season

  31. I wonder WHY some people keep using the term “bust” for Dion Jordon? He hasn’t played enough to be given that title!
    Failure as a Role Model..YES..another dummy that made a poor decision at an even poorer time in his life! But as a player- he’s not earning much IF any on his contract due to the suspension, so IF ?? -he’s stayed “clean” & in shape – Lets give him a chance to earn a spot on the roster before we label him a bust. And NO – I don’t feel SORRY for him! Just time to put his bong away & pull up his big-boy pants and earn a paycheck!!

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