Josh Gordon's attorney was in court today to enter a guilty plea on behalf of his client to a DWI stemming from July 5 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
As reported by WTVD, Trey Fitzhugh appeared in the Raleigh court to enter the plea with the Cleveland Browns wide receiver not present.
And whilst this may sound like yet more bad news for the 2013 leader in receiving yards, in reality he and his team have just exploited a loophole that has saved Gordon from further suspension woes.
With a new drug policy - set to be approved and implemented this week - that will give any player who pleads guilty to a DWI an immediate two-game suspension Gordon guilty plea this morning means he will only have to answer to the previous rulings.
This means a maximum $50,000 fine and no suspension.
Gordon hasn't got away scot free however. Whilst a 60-day jail sentence levied his way was waived the receiving star was handed a 12 month unsupervised probation and will pay the minimal fees of; $290 for court costs and a $100 fine following the guilty plea.
The incident itself is the same one which led to Gordon's original one-year suspension for substance-abuse violation regarding marijuana use.
Gordon was pulled over in early July for driving 50mph in a 35 zone and registered a 0.9 in the regulation breathalizer test - 0.1 over the legal limit in North Carolina.
Having violated the NFL's substance-abuse policy for a third time Roger Goodell and co handed down a one-year suspension this offseason.
However it looks like this suspension will be reduced pending the new NFL rug policy which is in the works and looks likely to come into force this week.
A 10-game suspension for the Browns receiver is rumored to be the new punishment facing the player. Thus had Gordon pleaded guilty to the DWI later this week this suspension could immediately have been increased to 12 games, extending his spell on the NFL sideline almost as soon as it had bee reduced.
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