Josh Gordon facing season long suspension according to ESPN

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Josh GordonBecause we can’t have nice things.

ESPN’s Outside the Lines is reporting that the Browns leading receiver- breakout star Josh Gordon is facing a season long ban for a positive drug test. According to the report, Gordon and his agent Drew Rosenhaus deny the story.

Last season’s suspension was for codeine, this one according to the report is for marijuana.

Gordon had issues at Baylor with marijuana and was eventually kicked off the team. He finished his college career at Utah.

Gordon set a number of Browns receiving records last season. He finished the year with 1646 yards and 9 touchdowns.

Chris Mortensen reports that the team did not know about the suspension until ESPN reported it on Friday evening.

If true, the Browns did not know when they traded out of pick four and the chance to take Sammy Watkins or any WR of their choosing.

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  • humboldt

    A simple solution to the problem:

    Dress Gordon in Greg Little jersey, hide under a pile of coats and hope everything turns out just fine

  • Natedawg86

    19 game appeal?

  • left out

    either he didn’t know and is a dunce, or he knew and is a scumbag and a dunce

  • cmm13

    First; “going National Enquirer” in relation to the Browns is simply talking normal every day operations:
    1. Owner under investigation by the FBI
    2. Firing a HC, FO, and Coordinators almost every two years
    3. Drug suspensions
    4. Yada Yada Yada

    Second; which two needs did we shore up? A reach at the 2nd or 3rd beat CB in the draft and a boom or bust QB… That sounds about Browns draft status quo to me.

    Look; Haslam is a savy business owner.. If he knew this was coming down and wanted to get out from under it is it really that far out of this world to think he forced the Manziel pick on his rookie GM?

  • The_Real_Shamrock
  • woofersus

    It seems like a stretch that the FO would avoid taking the player they really want for a short term boost in ticket sales. If they aren’t any good it won’t benefit in the long term at all. It’s more plausible that they’re following their board and will take WRs later in the draft. Of course they could certainly have chosen wrong, but I think they took who they wanted for football reasons.

  • saggy

    tell you what: most of the time i can’t stand guys like Drew Rosenhaus, but right now is definitely the time you’re glad you have a guy like that on your side. If anyone can get this thing reduced/thrown out, it’s him.

  • Garry_Owen

    One of my all-time favorite Simpsons scenes!

  • mgbode

    (4) ESPN is wrong.

    thinking it’s not likely false, but ESPN does get things wrong quite a bit too.

  • JNeids

    I just realized…I predicted this:

    “Watkins or Evans would fill a great need,
    Especially if Gordon can’t avoid the…dropsies.

    This is my Stay Puff Marshmallow Man

  • mgbode

    yeah, I don’t care if it’s even a Ryan Braun stay of execution, I want a good year that badly right now.

  • mgbode

    JNeids fault – everybody, we know where to bring the torches and pitchforks

  • JNeids

    Please, I beg you – put me out of my misery. And lift the curses on all my sports teams. I’m ready to sacrifice myself for the greater good.

  • mgbode

    doesn’t work that way. we physically torture you (not kill you) to mirror our emotional torture. not a fun gig, which is why the FO has to change so often.

  • James Workman

    Not even a full 24…

  • EdgewaterJoe

    Well, no. Between the union and workplace regulations and medical regulations, the Browns had to keep it as quiet as they did. Technically, by all reports it is just that – a report. No ruling’s been made, so it’s still legally an allegation. The Browns went by the book on this one and still are (based on the non-reaction reactions by Farmer and Pettine).

  • EdgewaterJoe

    Here’s a conspiracy theory: The positive wasn’t actually done by the NFL, but by Banner and/or Lombardi who leaked it to the league on the way out the door. Why, if the test was done in September (which is what I’ve seen), would the report not surface until now? For that matter, if the test was in September and Gordon was actually suspended then, is he even ‘on the clock’ at that point?

    I don’t expect the news to be good, but there are a couple of odd issues. The fact that he only got two games last year when he should’ve gotten four tells me there must be some extenuating circumstances we aren’t privy to. The fact that there’s actually talk of a lower suspension would tell me the same thing. We’ll see, but there are some odd details here …

  • EdgewaterJoe

    Also, Watkins has had his own troubles with weed.

  • hutch058

    Now I know why Little has yet to be cut

  • mgbode

    Won’t they get suspitious when he gets open and catches the ball?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Anyone who gets a tattoo like this clearly must be high and highly narcissistic!!

    http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s–kU3ny05G–/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/641012526392848042.jpg

  • architrance

    Late to the party – #sobrowns