Josh Gordon Loses Appeal, 1-Year Ban Sticks
The Cleveland Browns had reportedly been “baffled” by how long wide receiver Josh Gordon’s appeal process had been taking. Now it’s finally over.
According to reports, Cleveland will have to play the entire 2014 NFL season without their best offensive weapon, as Gordon has lost his appeal and will have to serve a full year ban from the league.
Gordon appealed the original ban earlier this summer, after he was once again caught violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Gordon had reportedly tested positive for marijuana after being tested, but claimed that the test was seen as positive only due to secondhand smoke. The appeal process was drawn out over the summer, but Gordon ultimately lost.
It’s a massive loss for the Browns, but not one they didn’t see coming. Gordon was already in stage three of the league’s conduct policy, meaning his next offense would warrant a full year ban. Cleveland somewhat planned ahead for Gordon’s impending suspension, as they brought in veterans Miles Austin and Nate Burleson. Cleveland also has added solid running back talent dating back to last February, in an effort to lean more on the ground game and less on the passing game.
While the loss of Gordon is still huge, regardless of a shift in strategy, the presence of stud tight end Jordan Cameron could help starting quarterback Brian Hoyer.
It’s also worth noting that Gordon is not just suspended for 16 NFL games, but for a full NFL league year, starting from the date of the start of the suspension. With the one-year ban becoming official on August 27th, 2014, Gordon will not be able to do any organized team activities until August 27th, 2015.
That puts an already troubled talent in greater danger, as Gordon will be out of Cleveland’s facility and be free to do as he pleases. However, anything he does while under suspension can still apparently be used against him in further cases. And even when Gordon does make it back in a full year, he’ll potentially have another suspension waiting for him – one looming from a summer DUI.
Needless to say, things aren’t looking up for Gordon or the Browns and they won’t be getting any better until August 28th of next year, at the very earliest.
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