On Friday, Cleveland Browns’ wide receiver Josh Gordon and his attorneys met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss the year-long suspension he is facing. Gordon failed a drug test for the second time earlier in the year but he is blaming second-hand marijuana smoke for the results of the test. Many believed the NFL and Gordon would come to a resolution on Friday but instead Gordon and his lawyers will be heading back to New York City on Monday to continue the hearing.
Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer believes it is a good sign Gordon and his lawyers are going back to New York to continue their hearing on Monday.
I think it’s a good sign that Gordon and his attorneys are going back to New York City to resume the hearing on Monday afternoon after almost 10 hours of deliberation on Friday. I think it means that the legal advisors presented some compelling evidence to support their second-hand smoke defense and cast some doubt on the validity of the two tests. I still think that Gordon will be suspended, but perhaps not indefinitely. Of course, he’ll then have to cross the hurdle of his DWI, which could result in league sanctions under the personal conduct policy. His hearing for that is Aug. 26th in Raleigh, N.C.
Gordon has developed into one of the best wide receivers in football and was well on his way to becoming one of the highest-paid receivers as well. Gordon made 87 receptions for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013 after making 50 catches for 805 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie in 2012.