Since the Cleveland Browns’ star wide receiver Josh Gordon’s marijuana habits have him sidelined for the entire 2014 NFL season, he started to explore the possibility of playing in the Canadian Football League (CFL). Alas, the CFL isn’t on board in allowing their North American counterpart’s druggy hand-me-downs enter their operation, so Gordon’s attempts have been nipped in the bud from the start.
Via Fox Sports:
One day after his yearlong suspension was upheld, Browns star wideout Josh Gordon was exploring the possibility of playing in the Canadian Football League for the 2014 season but the CFL does not allow NFL players suspended for substance abuse to play in league, FOX Sports Insider Alex Marvez and other media report.
Gordon, who was suspended for multiple violations of the league’s substance abuse policy, would need the Browns’ permission to play in the CFL but the team doesn’t consider his CFL participation an option for Gordon at this time, Marvez reports. Gordon is not allowed to practice with the Browns or be present at the team’s facility.
Gordon led the league in with 1,646 receiving yards last season and added nine touchdowns despite missing the first two games of 2013 because of a previous violation of the substance abuse policy.
Gordon has a right to an appeal but it doesn’t seem like the league is budging on their decision.
Following yesterday’s announcement, outraged sports fans voiced their concern with Ray Rice’s two-game suspension for allegedly knocking his wife out versus Gordon’s year-long ban for a substance that is slowly becoming legal in the United States.