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Josh Gordon, top receiver in NFL last season, faces ban of at least one year after testing positive for weed

May 9, 2014 6:17 PM

A cold bucket of water has just been thrown on an exciting 24 hours for the Cleveland Browns.

ESPN’s Outside the Lines reported late Friday afternoon that Browns receiver Josh Gordon failed a drug test. While the network reported that he could be suspended for 16 games, there is a chance he faces an indefinite ban from the NFL for the violation.

Gordon has yet to comment on the story.

The Browns, citing league policy, are unable to comment because it is a private matter and referred inquiries to the league office in New York.

The news of the possible Gordon suspension sucked the life out of a building beaming with excitement following Thursday night’s opening round of the draft that saw the Browns make 3 trades and net a 2015 first and fourth round pick from Buffalo as well as arguably the top cornerback in the draft – Justin Gilbert and quarterback Johnny Manziel.


The network reports that Gordon’s failed test happened “months ago” and the failed test was for marijuana. Gordon was notified in “early winter” by the league about the failed test and once again in April.


Gordon led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards and became the first player in NFL history with consecutive 200-yard receiving games. He also led the Browns with 87 catches and 9 touchdowns en route to his first Pro Bowl selection.


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Wrong and sad. Gordon is the only thing the Browns had going for em receiver wise. Manzeil won't have a chance at anything next season because of this.

MJ is not a performance enhancing substance. I do not understand this. Maybe this will cause enough of an uproar that we will see a change in the rules of the NFL. It is a private company, so they can do whatever the hell they want, but this is in very poor taste.

Unfortunately though, somewhere in there they slapped him with a positive test for Codeine apparently from cough medicine. Also not a performance enhancer. Neither are stimulants. But Gatorade sort of is and also all those other hipster energy type drinks but they are free to consume that.

yeah it's ridiculous

considering how much money the league makes from advertising alcohol (a much more harmful substance) and the 2 teams in the superbowl last year were from states where marijuana is already legal. You are right the league can do what they want but this is just more reefer madness idiocy the fact that the league even tests for it in the first place, i don't know why the players stand for it. I hope a lot of people will be angry at the NFL for banishing one of the biggest rising stars in the game today for no good reason, maybe some other players will start to speak out and this will be the beginning of the end for such a stupid policy.