Dynamic Cleveland Browns Wide Receiver Josh Gordon has been in the news quite a bit this summer. In the off-season, that is rarely a good thing. After repeat slip-ups violating the NFL’s drug policy, Gordon has been rumored to be sentenced to a year-long ban from the gridiron.
Today though, word has leaked (via Chris Mortenson on NFL Live) that there may have been an elusive discovery uncovered that “some around the league” think a technicality could get Gordon on the field this season after all.
Information right now is scarce, as this potentially saucy bit of news is all Mortensen provided, but this would be an unexpected escape clause that could have strong ramifications on and off the field. It will be interesting to hear of the fullness and validity of this report.
Gordon, (who’s currently in training camp with the Browns) is appealing the one-year suspension. It was recently reported that Gordon had a two-week stay in rehab following his latest DWI blunder earlier this month in an effort to begin repairing his life (and public image.)
This tidbit of news obviously would be a major win in the short run for both the Browns and for Gordon. Getting him back on the field, a Wide Receiver who had 87 catches for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns last season would be a gigantic boost for the squad and directly to (likely) starting Quarterback Brian Hoyer.
It’s a tough situation to judge immediately, as only a blip of info has been revealed so far. If this rumored technicality becomes fact then the immediate state of things would be dramatically improved for the Browns, but would the long-term be compromised for Josh Gordon? Forget the player for a second, Gordon as a human clearly needs help battling these demons he’s tormented by, and a “cheat code” to reward him with an instantaneously positive resolution could fail to deliver a much-needed message through punishment. Devil’s advocate to this argument would be to say that a year off would give Gordon lots of extra time on his hands, time that may lure him to the “dark side” again. We don’t know for sure what will make things “click” for Josh, but hopefully whichever path unfolds at the outcome of this is the right one for him.
We’ll see how things play out as more information reveals itself, but as of now it seems that for better or for worse, we may be seeing that brown and orange number twelve on the field much sooner than anticipated.
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