According to reports from ESPN’s “Outside The Lines,” Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon faces a suspension for the entire 2014-15 season, for failed drug tests.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland Plain Dealer, Gordon would be kicked out of the NFL for one full season, and then would have to re-apply.
It’s not a year-long suspension for #Browns Gordon: he would be kicked out of the league. Could re-apply after one year.
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) May 9, 2014
The test, which was taken months ago, came back positive for marijuana. It was the second test Gordon has reportedly failed. When asked by phone if he planned to appeal the suspension, Gordon said, “I’m going to have to find out about that later. You guys need to call (agent) Drew (Rosenhaus.)”
Last season, Gordon was suspended for two games without pay, for failing his first drug test. Gordon admitted that test was for cough syrup and codeine, which is on the NFL’s banned substance list.
Sources told “Outside The Lines” that Gordon received a letter in “early winter” of 2013 that he had failed the test, and another letter was sent to Gordon in April that he’d be facing a suspension.
Gordon, a 2012 supplemental draft pick of the Cleveland Browns, (2nd round) burst onto the NFL scene last season. He recorded 87 catches, for 1,646 yards, and 9 touchdowns. Gordon was selected for the 2013 pro bowl, was an all pro, and his receiving yards total of 1,646 led the NFL.
In college, Gordon struggled with drug tests as well. After failing two tests for marijuana, he was dismissed from Baylor. The talented receiver then transferred to Utah, but never played there after failing another drug test.
Rosenhaus, Gordon’s agent has called today’s allegations “not true.”