The NFL denied Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon’s petition for reinstatement from his indefinite drug ban on Tuesday after failing another drug test.
NFL spokesman Bryan McCarthy confirmed that Gordon’s application for reinstatement was denied and that he can apply again for a future date.
A sample collected in March showed that Gordon had traces of marijuana and a diluting substance inside his system. However, the level of marijuana was less than the minimum required by the NFL for a positive test but according to NFL guidelines, diluted samples were equal to a positive test.
According to a Twitter post by Ian Rapoport of NFL network, Gordon can reapply for reinstatement on Aug. 1 but he must be clean in all tests including alcohol and drug test.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 12, 2016
Based on the league policy, Josh Gordon need to demonstrate sustained abstinence in order to be reinstated. For that to become possible, he should undergo an inpatient rehabilitation program.
“When these things happen, it’s about trying to avoid them in the future,” Goodell said during his Super Bowl press conference via Cleveland.com. “I’m hopeful that Josh understands that he’s going to have to conduct himself differently going forward to be a member of the NFL and to be representing the Cleveland Browns, or any team in the NFL.”
In the past cases of Cleveland Browns Josh Gordon, he failed a drug test on 2013 resulting to a two-suspension game for the Bowler. He insisted that it was caused by taking prescription cough medicine. However, he managed to lead the league with 1, 646 yards receiving on the same year.
In 2014, he became positive to marijuana and was penalized for a whole season suspension that was later reduced after the league changed their policies. Also, he pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and was required to submit to alcohol testing under the third stage of the league’s mandated program.
Gordon will miss all the off-season program and the first part of the training camp, including the installation of Hue Jackson’s offense on Cleveland Browns.
Talks about Josh Gordon hanging out with John Manziel brought more worries to the league. With the several cases that bowler was facing, Josh Gordon’s football future is surely at stake.
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