Josh Gordon & Tom Brady Will Probably Return To NFL In The Same Game
Josh Gordon's year-and-a-half long ban from the NFL is officially over. For now, at least. As long as he stays away from Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson, he should be able to play in he NFL for the first time since Dec. 21, 2014. The wide receiver has been reinstated on a conditional basis; so as long as he stays on the straight and narrow, he will be on the field on October 9th when the Browns take on the Patriots at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.
So tune in Week 5 to watch a few of Roger Goodell's least favorite players return to the field to remind him that weed and PSI really don't effing matter!
It's not 100 percent clear at the moment what the four-game ban is related to specifically; but at this point, Gordon can't really be picky. He was suspended two games in 2013, 10 games in 2014 and for the entire 2015 season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. His original appeal for reinstatement in April was denied after he reportedly failed a drug test because of a diluted sample that also tested positive for marijuana.
Even though the level of marijuana did not meet the NFL's threshold for suspension, the samples were considered the same as a positive test. So at the time, sources told ESPN that any reinstatement for Gordon would only take place once the league felt comfortable that he had 60-90 days of no "red-flag tests."
Perhaps Gordon's friendship with Johnny Manziel - who is currently celebrating three weeks sober - actually helped him stay clean...
But seriously, however he did it, good for him. I'm certainly not of the belief that athletes should be repeatedly breaking the drug policy, because it actually becomes pretty tenuous when you start allowing recreational drugs into the mix. Even those as seemingly harmless as marijuana. But let's be honest: Gordon's weed-smoking is hardly the pinnacle of bad behavior in the NFL.
And the fact that marijuana is now fully legalized in two states - both in which there are NFL teams - means that stigmatizing the recreational use of the drug is becoming akin to suspending an athlete for drinking or smoking a cigarette in his time off.
And I for one would never want to imagine a world without this classic meme:
Now the Browns refused to address Gordon's situation with the team until the league made a decision on his reinstatement. So technically they could still decide not to take him back, though all signs point to the fact that he will return to the team; barring any further issues.
So the real question looming over Week 5 now is whether or not Goodell will let CBS flex that game out of the 1:00pm time slot. Could he possibly be okay with profiting off of the return of rabble-rousers like Tom Brady and Josh Gordon? Could he set aside his standards in order to get higher ratings?
I mean, it just sounds so unlike him.
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