Josh Gordon verdict could take another week

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Looking for some closure in the Josh Gordon saga? You’ll have to wait a bit longer.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Josh Gordon verdict may not be handed down from the NFL before the end of next week. The reasoning this time? Typing speed. Gordon’s two-day appeal hearing with Harold Henderson reportedly contained a high volume of testimony and evidence from both sides, leading to this lengthy delay due to transcription.

Concern is that Gordon, who would not get to apply for reinstatement for one year, would essentially miss all of next year’s training camp due to the longevity of this appeal. ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi has mentioned a potential scenario where even if Gordon gets a one-year ban for violating the league’s drug policy, he’ll be able to apply for reinstatement after eight games and work out with the Browns during this time. Meanwhile, the waiting game continues on.

Gordon started Saturday night’s preseason opener against the Detroit Lions and caught two passes (four targets) for 32 yards. He has missed some time at this week’s training camp due to what’s being called an abdominal ailment.

[Also See: Everything you need to know about the Josh Gordon saga: WFNY FAQs]

(Photo: Scott Sargent/WFNY)

  • mgbode

    abdominable ailment is what I feel anytime I see Gordon’s name pop-up in the title of articles these days.

  • Natedawg86
  • Natedawg86

    Oh I thought you said abominable ailment

  • FearTheRoo

    Maybe the NFL can keep delaying and delaying until after maybe week 17?

  • mgbode

    right before our playoff game? that would hurt.

  • The_Real_Shamrock
  • Wow

    Because it’s so hard to just announce the decision right?

  • Garry_Owen

    Nothing to see here, or to get upset over, people. It was a two-day hearing. They had a court reporter transcribing the testimony. It normally takes weeks for these things to be completed, and I’m sure everyone wants the decision-maker to read an accurate transcript.

  • BenRM

    And in today’s news, Roger Goodell hates my fantasy football team.

  • Harv 21

    Not so, only takes that long if it’s a run of the mill, non-priority matter with the pre-“real-time” technology and a reporter with other things to do. This particular excuse is cray-cray. If that’s the league’s reason the Mrs. Doubtfire meme above reflects the league attitude.

  • BenRM

    real-time is the best.

  • FearTheRoo

    Never seen a 4-12 team make the playoffs…

  • Harv 21

    tis

  • Garry_Owen

    Not sure if you’re being sarcastic or serious, but I choose to read it as sarcastic.

  • cmm13

    Goodell: HEY ASSISTANT WHEN DID WE RULE THAT RICE WAS ONLY SUSPENDED FOR TWO GAMES???

    Assistant: Two weeks ago sir.

    Goodell: OKAY MAKE SURE WE DELAY THE GORDON THING AT LEAST ANOTHER 3 OR 4 WEEKS, NEED TO MAKE SURE NOBODY REMEMBERS THE WHOLE “RAY RICE BEAT HIS WIFE THING”

    Assistant: Yes sir.

    Goodell: OH AND HEY ASSISTANT WHO DOES BENRM HAVE AS STARTING RECEIVER IN HIS FANTASY LEAGUE?

    Assistant: Josh Gordon sir, as do most Fantasy Owners.

    Goodell: http://i.imgur.com/Obfzide.gif

  • BenRM

    I wish i could uptick more than once!

  • Harv 21

    not at all

  • Garry_Owen

    So you think there’s a reporter in New York with nothing else to do, or that a football player’s potential suspension has the priority to raise that transcript above everything else on that reporter’s to-do list? I don’t buy it. I’d call a football player’s potential pot suspension the definitional “non-priority” matter – particularly if it’s competing in New York with actual, you know, “court of law” stuff. Even with “real-time” tech, 2-day transcripts can take a couple of weeks – in small markets, with far fewer competing proceedings. Sure, the NFL could pay to expedite the transcript, but they have no real reason to do so.

    No matter how hard I think about this, I cannot see a single nefarious thing in it, as much fun as that is.

  • Harv 21

    Garry, sorry but you’re mistaken here. Yes, NY and the surrounding area has tons of available reporters, and reporting firms would put other things down for important clients that are way smaller than this billion dollar industry. And having previous days’ transcripts the very next day is completely common, in larger trials going on in every city. The reason the NFL would do so is to let a team plan its season. I’m hardly a conspiracy theorist, but doubt the NFL would have delayed every part of this process as has happened if the subject was a star for the Patriots.

  • Garry_Owen

    But we don’t know if any of that is true as it relates to this case. It’s all speculation. Sure, those things “could be” the case, but they could just as easily not be. We don’t have any information that would corroborate what you suggest, only blind conjecture (however well informed by personal experience it may be).

    What we do have – indeed, the only thing we have – is the NFL saying they’re waiting on a transcript, which is not at all uncommon (again, based equally on experience), irrespective of “possibilities” and “could bes.” And there are fantastic alternative possibilities that could cause a delay in transcription, irrespective of billion dollar clients, etc. We can choose to see demons where demons aren’t (after all, it is the Cleveland way), but I think it’s silly. We have made a whole identity of the “woe is us” routine – particularly in comparison with New York, Boston, LA, Miami, etc, but it doesn’t fly here. Josh Gordon’s case is as high profile as any other case before the NFL – indeed, it’s probably the highest profile case (thanks in large part to Ray Rice). There is no way the NFL is pulling a black sheep treatment here “just because it’s the Browns” (you know, the Johnny Freaking Manziel Browns).

    Don’t think I’m mistaken, here . . . but I guess I also don’t really care (and am somewhat surprised that I have spent so much energy on it – I think I’ll go back to this transcript I’m reading).

  • nj0

    Goddell is waiting on a full bore Ukraine/Russia war to serve as smokescreen to avoid the Rice:Gordon::wife beating:pot maelstrom.