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Browns WR Gordon suspended for 2014 season

Gordon Ban Leaves Void In Browns' Offense


By TOM WITHERS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended the entire NFL season for another violation of the league's substance abuse policy.

The league announced Wednesday that arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld Gordon's suspension, which the Pro Bowler appealed. Gordon met with league officials in New York on Aug. 4 and he and the Browns had been patiently awaiting a resolution.

Gordon's suspension is effective immediately and he will have to apply for reinstatement following the season. Gordon is not allowed to practice with the team, attend meetings or other club functions.

Gordon served a two-game suspension for a drug violation.

"I'd like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans," Gordon said in a statement. "I am very disappointed that the NFL and its hearing office didn't exercise better discretion and judgment in my case. I would like to sincerely thank the people who have been incredibly supportive of me during this challenging time, including my family, my agent, my union, my legal team, and the Cleveland Browns staff."

The Browns have been waiting four months for a resolution to Gordon's case. The talented 23-year-old led the league with 1,646 yards receiving last season despite being banned for the first two games for a failed drug test. He became the first player in league history to record consecutive 200-yard games.

Gordon's loss is a crippling blow to Cleveland's offense, depriving the Browns of their best big-play threat. He averaged 18.9 yards per catch in 2013.

The Browns took a risk in selecting Gordon in the 2012 supplemental draft. He failed at least three drug tests in college for marijuana.

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tbplayer44 August 27 2014 at 2:08 PM

Smoke a little weed... out for the season. Knock the living **** out of your fiancee'/girlfriend/wife... two games. I guess it must be the marketing dollars and hype that the offender brings in to the NFL that determines the length/severity of punishment.

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dhlnick August 27 2014 at 2:18 PM

The NFL is full of S..t! Rothlesberger can walk away from not only one but two sexual assault investigations with what a six game suspension. That's prison time in every state. Ray Rice can get a two game suspension for knocking his fiancée/wife out cold in an elevator. Josh Gordon is suspended an entire season for Marijuana use. Not steroids! Not cocaine! Not Oxy! Make up your own list drugs and insert here. Marijuana. Roger Goodell you and the entire disciplinary committee are shameless.

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JedEyeMaster August 27 2014 at 2:55 PM

The NFL could save multi-millions of $s by eliminating their testing program. Anything (PEDs) goes and the law of the lands will take care of any wrongdoings committed by players (aka breaking the law). Players are docked for any practices/games missed up to and including firing with no further compensation/benefits by owners or the NFL. Keep it simple; play ball !

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gvargo740 August 27 2014 at 2:24 PM

I am happy they suspended him for the entire season however it is ok to knock your girlfriend, only 2 games. Roger Goddell should be fired as well as Ray Rice

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zebradisc gvargo740 August 27 2014 at 2:43 PM

well 2 out of 3 aint bad (the last two) fire Goodell and suspend Rice for a season.

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HAYLEY BUG August 27 2014 at 2:14 PM

yet Ray Rice gets 2 games for knocking his wife out on video!! and is given a heroes welcome in Baltimore. Makes a lot of sense doesn't it?

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Butch HAYLEY BUG August 27 2014 at 2:24 PM

Says a lot about the Baltimore fans.

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kgruckle Butch August 27 2014 at 4:55 PM

Is this article about Baltimore fans and Ray Rice or what? Gordon's been in plenty of trouble prior to this. Next man up.

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lnnbauer91043 August 27 2014 at 2:36 PM

failed three drug tests in college, failed two in pro's. risk million dollar paychecks to smoke marijuana and there is no addiction? maybe you just need to be super-stupid to smoke weed.

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Randy1953 lnnbauer91043 August 27 2014 at 3:52 PM

Many missed the article recently stating that the NFL wants to modify the use of Mary Jane . Seems players use it for pain and to recover from head injuries . Until then business as usual .

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imfrankthesailor August 27 2014 at 2:13 PM

What a complete dumb-ass. The average careers of NFL players are so short as it is and he gives up one year in his prime. No, make that double dumb-ass.

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rob000000 August 27 2014 at 2:13 PM

Good. We need more public examples of upholding standards and following the rules.

...particularly since the Federal government under the current administration is not filling this role.

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jjacinm August 27 2014 at 2:35 PM

so nfl has rules?beat up your significant other,no problem,2 games,smoke a little suspended for season, Really,get over it,2 states have legalised it 14 more to follow once they see the tax revenue,not too say its medicinal value doesn't work because it does,what about dwi players get? oh thats OK, NFL your wrong,need to have some common sense

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ezncolo52 jjacinm August 27 2014 at 4:38 PM

As the old saying goes, He who has the gold makes the rules, and the NFL has plenty of gold ! Recreational marijuana will become legal throughout the United States in due time. It is now legal in Colorado and Washington. However, the ironic part is any employer has the right to not employ and fire any employees who test positive for marijuana if they so choose. It may be legal but it may not be tolerated. Discrimination in the labor world will need to be refined and better defined than it currently is.

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tomster624 August 27 2014 at 2:02 PM

Drug test the owners!

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Truwriter tomster624 August 27 2014 at 2:24 PM

And the peopel on public benefits, we are drug tested to make money to pay their benefits why aren't they drug tested as well.

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