What Josh Gordon Had to Say About His One-Year Suspension
The news has been broken by Ian Rapoport, an NFL Media Insider that the NFL has suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon, of the Cleveland Browns for one full season due to his violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
Here is what Gordon had to say about the ruling in a statement released earlier today.
I’d like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans. I am very disappointed that the NFL and its hearing office didn’t exercise better discretion and judgment in my case. I would like to sincerely thank the people who have been incredibly supportive of me during this challenging time, including my family, my agent, my union, my legal team, and the Cleveland Browns staff.
— Izzy Gould (@IzzyGould) August 27, 2014
The suspension will hold solid as Albert Breer also from NFL Media has reported according to two sources that there is no option for reinstatement.
This is unfortunate, but not surprising news for the young receiver who led the NFL in receiving yards last season with 1,646 in the 14 games for which he played. Gordon’s absence will leave a crater of a dent in the Browns backfield, leaving the team to lean on tight end, Jordan Cameron, and running backs, Ben Tate and rookie Terrance West for the ground game.
If you have drafted Jordan Cameron as your tight end, anticipating Gordon’s verdict, Cameron’s draft stock has just risen.
I guess this tweet says it all when it comes to the fairness of handing down NFL punishments.
— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) August 27, 2014