Josh Gordon Will Receive A Completely Nonsensical 10-Game Suspension For Pot That Ignores His DWI
As the NFL and NFLPA close in on a new drug program that will reinstate a number of previously banned players, Adam Schefter reports that Josh Gordon will receive a reduced suspension, down to 10 games instead of a year:
WRs Josh Gordon and former Colt LaVon Brazill will have their season-long suspensions reduced to 10 games, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 15, 2014
Gordon's 10-game ban (originally, it was reported that he'd get eight) is supposedly a compromise, since Gordon failed his test during the 2013 NFL calendar year, while the new drug policy will be retroactive to violations that took place during the 2014 year only. It makes exactly zero sense -- either he failed a drug test or he didn't, and under these new terms, he didn't, and 10 games for smoking weed, really? -- and makes even less sense (yes, it makes negative sense) when you compare it the additional two-game suspension he avoided by pleading guilty to a DWI charge today.
Back in July, Gordon was arrested in Raleigh for blowing a .09 (the legal limit in North Carolina is .08) after getting pulled over for speeding in P.J. Hairston's car. Seriously. The legal repercussions for that, via ABC:
Gordon was given a 60-day suspended sentence in lieu of 12 months unsupervised probation. Gordon must also pay a $100 fine. He will lose his license and must attend alcohol assessment and treatment, according to acting Wake County D.A. Ned Mangum.
Meanwhile, because Gordon pleaded guilty to the charge now, before the new drug policy kicks in, he doesn't get an additional suspension. Via ProFootballTalk:
Browns receiver Josh Gordon has pleaded guilty to driving while impaired. Under the new drug policy, a first offense will trigger a two-game suspension. Under the old drug policy, a first offense ordinaily results in no suspension and a maximum fine of $50,000.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Gordon pleaded guilty now to ensure that he will not receive an automatic, mandatory two-game suspension for the DUI charges. (Under the old drug policy, a suspension is possible for first-offense DUI, if a player has had other issues under the substance-abuse policy.)
Wow. What a genius. He'll plead his DWI under the old drug program, get a compromise under the new drug program, and end up getting to play in at least six games this year, depending on whether the Browns make the playoffs, rather than zero.
Meanwhile, by allowing Gordon and his team to manipulate the timing of the policy here, the NFL is essentially saying that Gordon's weed violations were worse than his DWI -- one got him penalized for 10 games, the other for nothing at all. Does anyone here really think drinking and driving is better than smoking pot?
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