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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:24:48 -0700
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is expected to argue during his appeal hearing that second-hand smoke caused his positive test, but NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello indicated that argument may not change decision. "A cornerstone of both of our drug testing programs has always been that you are responsible for what is in your body," Aiello said. "It is stated that way in the policies." No player has won their appeal with the second-hand smoke argument.
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:29:50 -0700
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will argue that second-hand marijuana smoke caused a positive test, and that he should not be suspended in an appeal hearing Friday, Aug. 1.
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:11:01 -0700
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has passed at least 70 drug tests as a member of the Stage III drug program, and the positive test that is being reviewed for a one-year suspension was not far off from being ruled as a negative. Of the two urine samples taken from Gordon for that test, his "A" sample registered barely above the league's limit. The "B" sample came in at a level below the threshold. <p>A positive "A" leads to a test for the substance's presence in "B." But the "B" sample doesn't have to show a level befitting a violation; it only has to confirm a hint of the same substance as "A." If Gordon's "B" sample had been labeled as the "A" and vice versa, the sample that barely registered as a positive wouldn't have been examined.
Fantasy Tip: There's an increasing feeling that if this is valid, Gordon could be shown leniency, especially in light of the NFL's recent PR nightmare with the Ray Rice suspension ruling. He's not out of the woods yet, but there's reason to think he'll play some regulation football this year.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:57:42 -0700
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has hired attorney Maurice Suh to help with the appeal of his impending suspension, according to a source. Suh helped Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman win the appeal of his suspension.
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:57:39 -0700
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon spent two weeks in a rehab facility in California after he was arrested for driving while intoxicated and speeding earlier this month, according to a source.
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:20:40 -0700
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will have his appeal hearing for his one-year suspension Aug. 1.
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:40:42 -0700
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) will practice when training camp starts, according to head coach Mike Pettine, despite his impending suspension.
Fantasy Tip: This is no reason to get your hopes up with Gordon despite the news of him practicing. His year-long suspension is all but guaranteed at this point, it's just not official yet.
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:52:04 -0700
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon won't be cut despite his looming suspension hearing and appeal, according to head coach Mike Pettine.
Fantasy Tip: They're willing to stick out whatever the discipline winds up being, at least for now. This could change as an actual suspension is handed down and enforced, so keep tabs. It doesn't look as if Gordon will be anything more than a middle- and late-rounds flyer for fantasy purposes.
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:11:09 -0700
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon's hearing on a possible suspension is expected to take place in the next 10 days, possibly two weeks, according to head coach Mike Pettine. They're also preparing for an appeal not long after.
Fantasy Tip: The waiting game continues. Hopefully, your draft doesn't take place until closer to the start of Week 1 so you'll have a sound idea of whether he's still worth a bench selection.
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:12:19 -0700
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said he plans to meet with the team next week to discuss how they can help Gordon as he waits on his looming drug suspension. If Gordon loses his appeal, he's likely to be suspended by the NFL for the entire 2014 season, and he'd only be eligible for reinstatement after the season is up. The Browns have reached out to several professionals to try and get Gordon some help for his substance-abuse problems.
Fantasy Tip: Unfortunately for the Browns and Gordon, his on-field talents are secondary right now to his off-field concerns. He's become an even bigger draft risk after his latest off-field problems, and it's probably smart to avoid him entirely.
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