Josh Gordon, top receiver in NFL last season, faces ban of at least one year after testing positive for weedSubmitted by ron_paul_is_awesome on Fri, 05/09/2014 - 21:45
By DARYL RUITER
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.