Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will miss the entire 2014 NFL season, after the NFL hearing process upheld his 16-game suspension for testing positive for marijuana.
In a statement released by the NFLPA, Browns star Gordon showed how upset he was by the decision that was made by Appeals officer Harold Henderson.
Disappointed in the NFL
"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 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."
Gordon's appeal was heard by league hearing officer Henderson, as opposed to Roger Goodell or an independent arbitrator.
Policy Problems & Disgrace
The NFL's drug policy is a complete no-hoper to try and possibly understand so it is not known how they came to the decision to kick the wide receiver out for a year. The fact that it is a repeat offense will have something to do about it.
At a time when Gordon will be needing as much help as possible in rehabilitation and other counselling it is a disgrace that the NFL has barred him from getting help from either them or the Browns.
It’s so infuriating that a player can be basically cast out for a whole year for smoking - or potentially just being around a substance as Gordon's B-sample was negative - that is legal in two of the states in which NFL teams play.
Oh and the icing on the cake, Ray Rice will be back in action in Week 3 after beating his wife unconscious.
Gordon led the Browns with 87 receptions and had nine touchdowns last season. He led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards and became the first player in NFL history with consecutive 200-yard receiving games.