Breaking news: Josh Gordon fails drug test, could face a season-long suspension

Josh GordonCleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon failed a drug test, allegedly for marijuana, ESPN reported on Friday’s Outside the Lines TV show.

Gordon, 23 years of age, had a breakout season when he caught 87 passes for 1,646 yards (18.9 yards per catch), 117.6 yards per game and nine touchdowns. He became the first player ever to have back-to-back 200 yard games catching the ball.

Gordon, a 6-4 and 220 pounder, would be entering his third professional season and is considered to be Cleveland’s franchise player.

The Browns selected quarterback Johnny Manziel yesterday during the first round of the 2014 NFL draft to try and upgrade a position that saw them start Brian Hoyer, Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell. Gordon was a big supporter of the team drafting Manziel and there was excitement in the Browns organization when they managed to select him yesterday.

Gordon was suspended for two games last season (and two additional game checks) for his first violation of the league’s substance abuse policy, he said it was for using cough syrup.

When will players learn? If you’re going to be a professional athlete, you need to curtail the drug activities….the average career doesn’t last that long. It’s a small thing to give up while you’re a pro. You have the rest of your life to be a druggie.

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  1. Players like Gordon clearly don’t care about the ramifications. We might not understand, but these players have a right to their own priorities and if they prefer drugs to pro football, it’s their choice.

    Also the guy got busted for weed. I mean who cares. It’s not like he was out there shooting up or hanging out in shady crack dens or anything. It was just some weed…

  2. I hear ya.. And for the most part I agree it is only weed.

    But, the bottom line is that it’s not “legal” according tot he NFL as well as most of the US. And, even if he could have gotten a medical prescription t o use pot, the NFL doesn’t recognize pot as a medically necessary drug yet. So, no TUE.

    Besides, if you need to use pot medically then your illness means you could not play football anyway. And as far as I know Ohio does not have medically dispensed pot.

    Having said all of that… The guy is a dumbass…he is already nabbed using drugs once (supposedly codeine that was in cough medicine, according to him) so he knows he is gonna be flagged by the league and goes and uses drugs anyway. You made the point and I agree with it, “…players have a right to their own priorities and if they prefer drugs to pro football, it’s their choice.”

    The league should void his contract if that is what the team wants. Free up the cap space.

  3. I agree, Joe. If he played for the Broncos, Chargers, 49ers, or Seahawks he’d be fine….but he doesn’t. And the whole “it’s just weed” argument doesn’t hold up with me because weed today? Is 5 times stronger than it used to be, at least I’ve been told that since I don’t partake. Just a little happy juice for me.

    +100 on the dumbass comment.

  4. So what do we know about Josh Gordon? He smokes weed and drinks lean. Sounds like a lot of people, to be honest. Yeah, I know he’s supposed to be held to a higher standard because of the whole pro athlete thing, but calling him a druggie? Tad harsh and judgemental, imho.

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