Strange clouds loom over Josh Gordon’s ongoing situation



So maybe Josh Gordon didn’t fail a drug test after all? As the Cleveland Browns’ wide receiver’s drug-related situtation continues to unfold, more and more wrinkles keep popping up. The latest comes from former Browns receiver Greg Little, who recently spoke about his friend’s alleged policy violation, calling it a “mistake.”

He’s a guy that’s going to work to get back and show this is a mistake,” Little told co-host Bill Polian and me about Gordon on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “It’s something that wasn’t in his control, so to speak. I don’t want to get into too much detail about it.”

ESPN’s Outside the Lines reported earlier this month that Gordon was headed for a year-long ban after failing a drug test for marijuana. Immediately following this report, Gordon’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, stated that his client did not fail a drug test. FOX Sports 1 NFL insider Mike Garafolo reported that Gordon had hoped to have the suspension reduced to four-to-six games upon appeal. But it is FOX Sports’ Alex Marvez who speculates that Gordon may have simply missed a drug test, as opposed to failing one.

Unfrortunately for Gordon and the Browns, a missed test is automatically considered a positive result under the league’s substance-abuse policy.

Neither the Browns nor Gordon’s camp have provided details on what exactly happened. Gordon has been taking part in team OTAs while he awaits the NFL’s ruling on the matter. In 2013, he hauled in 87 receptions for a league-high 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns despite missing the team’s first two games. He eventually represented the Browns in the Pro Bowl.

Photo: Candice Vlcek/WFNY

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  • nj0

    The Browns draft grade depends on it!

  • Lunch

    Interesting. Assuming Alex’s speculation is true, I’m curious if Josh either forgot, or simply ignored the drug test for some odd reason.

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  • nj0

    A lot of national writers reduced their draft grades for the Browns because they didn’t draft a WR even though Gordon was getting suspended.

    Even amongst the idiocy that is draft grades, this doesn’t make any sense imo.

  • Hopwin

    The mistake was wrong place, wrong time = 2nd hand exposure

  • Harv 21

    yeah, like with Drew Rosenhaus escorting him to every event and protecting his investment like a Faberge egg Josh just plain forgot about that silly drug test with his NFL salary on the line. Kids will be kids, as Romeo would say.

  • Lunch

    I view the draft grades of these “national writers” as laughable and irrelevant due to the fact that they fail to see the whole picture.

    Bringing in Shanahan, Tate, and West will greatly improve the run game. Improving the offensive line by drafting Bitonio should also help the run game. And the Browns may have already addressed the WR position with all of their un-drafted/veteran free agent signings. And we still have Jordan Cameron to boot. So I really don’t see what the problem is.

  • nj0

    Agreed. The logic behind it just annoys me. Either you think our draft was good or bad. Josh Gordon’s situation shouldn’t play into it. Considering the hit/miss rates for WRs, I’m glad we did what we did.

  • CB Everett

    Whatever the case may be, if I were Drew Rosenhaus, I’d call Greg Little and kindly ask him to STFU about the suspension and generally refrain from any further comments about Gordon. In handling the delicate situation, it has to remain in trusted hands.

  • dimoko

    Maybe with Greg Little involved they would drop the case! #rimshot

  • saggy

    I’m seriously changing my last name to Rosenhaus if Gordon gets out of this one.

    and that may have been the best play Greg Little ever made for the Browns. And he’s not even on the Browns anymore. Go Figure…

  • saggy

    downtick for the hashtag.

  • cmm13

    Gordon: I had sooooooomething to do today…..what wasssss it?

  • saggy

    So why hasn’t ESPN or any of the other national “media” printed this story? why aren’t they upfront about how they screwed the pooch initially with their under-researched report. Shouldn’t we as the consumers of print and the bearers of the moral journalistic compass be up in arms about these types of “reports?”

    I feel like WFNY was lambasted, ridiculed, dragged through the mud, and tossed aside like a gnat by ESPN during the whole Tom Izzo thing (I’m assuming i don’t need to go into detail here), so why should ESPN now get a pass for becoming the Enquirer (at worst) or the NY Post (at best)? At least the Post and Enquirer are somewhat tongue-in-cheek about it.

    I hope WFNY has enough traction/power/skill that, as this story breaks, they are able to stay on top of it/ahead of it due to their local ties and sources, just enough so that they can be the voice of reason and truth instead of being just the loudest voice. I am challenging you guys to be at the forefront of this issue; I want ESPN to own up to their sensationalism, and I want respect and success for WFNY.

    I’m angry about this because I am sick and tired of this dartboard journalism with no accountability. It has become an issue, and, if I were the subject of some of the worst rumors, I would be pretty darn pissed. I’m sure Drew Rosenhaus is gonna come out with guns blazing after this.

  • saggy

    This story goes deeper than ESPN’s initial careless report. It needs to be fleshed out, and i can’t wait to see how it unfolds.

  • Hopwin

    Goodell told them STFU about it and get in line.

  • James Workman

    I’m starting to pick up on your sarcasm…

  • Eric G

    ESPN is f’ing clown shoes.

  • scripty

    This is odd, but I am fascinated by Bitonio. I feel he could be a top 10-20 player from this draft. Really waiting to see him get out on a screen and crack some LB skull.

  • mgbode

    Speaking of Strange Brew’s….errr…clouds. Cowboys now panicking that they might have to use Weeden as a backup QB:–but-he-s-ready-to-walk-away-from–3-million-133516636.html

  • mgbode

    especially since it was OTL. that is supposed to be the wing of ESPN that upholds journalistic integrity.