The NFL has received a lot of backlash for the two-game suspension handed down to Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice after he allegedly hit his fiancee at an Atlantic City casino. Partially because less egregious crimes or violations have been penalized more heavily.
For instance, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is facing a season long suspension for “barely” violating a drug test. There are reports that the NFL could already be considering going easy on Gordon to avoid further backlash, and that has opened the door for a settlement between the two sides.
From Pro Football Talk:
With the hearing officer assigned to the appeal of Browns receiver Josh Gordon’s suspension facing an all-or-nothing mandate, the player and the league have extra incentive to try to control the outcome via a negotiated compromise.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, a “slight chance” of a resolution exists. Any deal presumably would entail a suspension for Gordon that lasts less than a year.
Josh Gordon getting a deal because of Ray Rice would be a really lucky break for him, though it is pretty amazing that he is in this pickle because of some bad luck based on the drug testing procedure. Had Sample B been labeled Sample A instead we wouldn’t even be having this discussion.