Fangio: Broncos won’t take action against Melvin Gordon

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After missing a game with strep throat, Broncos running back Melvin Gordon has returned to practice and exited the injury report. He’ll continue to play for the Broncos indefinitely, last week’s DUI arrest notwithstanding.

Despite some initial belief that the Broncos may discipline Gordon, the team has since realized that the league has jurisdiction over these matters, and that the team must stand down.

“This is a situation that has been collectively bargained by the union and the league,” Broncos coach Vic Fangio told PFT by phone after Sunday’s 18-12 win over the Patriots. “It carries some really harsh penalties for him. We’re gonna monitor that, see how it goes. If the league penalties are what we think they’ll be, that’ll be the extent of the penalties. But we’ll keep monitoring it.”

The 2020 CBA increased the minimum suspension for DUI from two games to three. But the penalties aren’t applied until the case is resolved. As a practical matter, Gordon likely will be able to play out the balance of the 2020 season, with punishment ultimately coming no earlier than 2021.

Regardless, any punishment for Gordon will come not from the team but from the league. For now, it means Gordon will continue to be available to play.

8 responses to “Fangio: Broncos won’t take action against Melvin Gordon

  1. In other words, they’re going to do nothing. That’s showing him isn’t it? I guess Fangio doesn’t have any choice since Gordon’s $4.5M salary for next year is guaranteed. It’s not like they can cut him without taking a cap hit. Something tells me Gordon knows this and also knows they can’t do anything to him if they expect to get any production out of him. Great job on that contract Mr. GM.

  2. It’s not like he meant to get caught I mean he was doing his best come on man. People act like he had a choice, or maybe he could have called someone from the league, and been driven home for free no questions asked, and this would all be a non issue. No way man he had no choice he had to drive

  3. What happened to the commissioner’s exempt list? It seems like this was serious enough to place him on that.

  4. itsamadmadmadmadworld says:
    October 22, 2020 at 10:20 am
    In other words, they’re going to do nothing. That’s showing him isn’t it? I guess Fangio doesn’t have any choice since Gordon’s $4.5M salary for next year is guaranteed. It’s not like they can cut him without taking a cap hit. Something tells me Gordon knows this and also knows they can’t do anything to him if they expect to get any production out of him. Great job on that contract Mr. GM.
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    I’ll bet that nothing will be guaranteed once the league suspends him for his DUI.

  5. mikethevike11 says: October 22, 2020 at 10:04 am That’ll really sent a message, Vic. itsamadmadmadmadworld says: October 22, 2020 at 10:20 am In other words, they’re going to do nothing. That’s showing him isn’t it? I guess Fangio doesn’t have any choice since Gordon’s $4.5M salary for next year is guaranteed. It’s not like they can cut him without taking a cap hit. Something tells me Gordon knows this and also knows they can’t do anything to him if they expect to get any production out of him. Great job on that contract Mr. GM. ——– Apparently you 2 didnt read the article or you lack reading comprehension. Whether Fangio and the team wants to or not they CANT punish him. That’s why theres a CBA. The Broncos/Fangio dont gets to say they dont like that part of the agreement so their not following it, it doesnt work that way.

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