Cleveland Brown wide receiver Josh Gordon missed his chance to benefit from the NFL’s new marijuana policy and his fate has been sealed.
Despite setting a Browns’ receiving record last year (with a two-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy), the 23-year-old superstar will have to sit out the entire 2014 NFL season for a repeated ban of said substance.
Unfortunately that new tattoo won’t be put to proper use this year.
The NFL announced Wednesday that arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld the suspension for a failed test for marijuana. The Pro Bowler had appealed the ruling and met with Henderson and other league officials in New York on Aug. 4.
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Gordon’s suspension is effective immediately, and the league said in its statement that his “eligibility for reinstatement will be determined following the 2014 season.”
In the meantime, Gordon is not allowed to practice with the Browns, attend team meetings or other club functions.
Gordon served a two-game suspension for a drug violation last season but still led the league in yards receiving and emerged as one of the game’s top players.
“I’d like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans,” Gordon said in a statement released by the NFL Players Association. “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.”
The Browns have been waiting four months for a resolution to Gordon’s case, which hung over him and the team. He continued to practice and played in Cleveland’s first three exhibition games.
Now for the advocate written by the man downstairs.
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Flip through the gallery below to see some of the poignant responses and memes to the Josh Gordon marijuana suspension.
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