The Cleveland browns lose there star wide receiver Josh Gordon for the 2014 season due to violating the league’s substance abuse policy. I’m not sure why NFL players feel like the rules do not apply to them but using any drug will hurt your career no matter if you are a star or not if you did not know.
The Browns have been waiting four months for a resolution on Gordon’s case. The 23-year-old led the league with 1,646 yards receiving last season despite being suspended 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 suspension is effective immediately and he will miss the entire 2014 season. He will have to apply for reinstatement following the season. Gordon was also suspended previously for two games this past season. Gordon released this statement:
“I’d like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans. 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 NFL also released a statement, saying:
“Appeals officer Harold Henderson has upheld the suspension for the 2014 NFL season of Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. The suspension is effective immediately. Gordon’s eligibility for reinstatement will be determined following the 2014 season.”
I had high hopes for a winning season for the Browns but after seeing the flaws in the QB’s and the suspension of their star WR, this could mean another short season for them.