Report: Browns WR Josh Gordon’s 2014 Suspension Upheld
PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – According to multiple reports, the NFL has released its punishment for Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon following his latest violation of the league’s substance abuse policy and the Browns will be without their star receiver for the entire 2014 season.
As Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 The FAN in Cleveland writes, the ruling comes 23 days after Gordon’s appeal hearing and under this ruling, Gordon will not be permitted to participate in any team activities and is barred from the Browns facilities.
“Appeals officer Harold Henderson has upheld the suspension for the 2014 NFL season of Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse,” the NFL said in their released statement. “The suspension is effective immediately.”
Gordon also released a statement of his own through the NFLPA.
“I’d like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans. I am very disappointed that the NFL and its hearing office didn’t exercise better discretion and judgement 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 teal, and the Cleveland Browns staff.”
Gordon led the NFL in receiving yards last year with 1,646 yards in 14 games, while hauling in 87 catches and nine touchdowns.
Gordon missed the first two games of the 2013 season for a failed drug test. He was also fined four game checks for the violation.
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