Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon was suspended for the entirety of the 2014 season for repeatedly breaking the league’s strict substance-abuse policy due to constant marijuana usage and a DUI charge this summer, so winning his appeal was an uphill battle. The league did, however, stop short of giving him the standard one-year ban, as it would have been huge for him to lose offseason practice in 2015. Gordon can apply for reinstatement following the completion of the regular season, but he’s exploring all possible legal avenues in order to get out of the suspension, as his appeal was an all-or-nothing process in which he tried to dispute the validity of his drug test.
Pro Football Talk reports that Gordon’s decision on whether or not he will take legal action against the league will occur in a “day or two”, and PFT warns us not to be “shocked” if Gordon decides to press charges against the league.
It will be interesting to see how far this process goes, because it doesn’t really seem like this is something Gordon can win. He knew the rules of the league and was already a repeat offender who simply ignored the rules. Suspensions for marijuana usage are too harsh, but he also has a DUI on his rap sheet. It’s clear that he’s doing whatever he can to help his own cause, as he even contemplating playing in the CFL, which is definitely not happening while he’s under contract with the Browns.