With no offense to Calvin Johnson, the best wide receiver in the NFL will not take the field this season. Josh Gordon was given the harsh penalty by the NFL and was suspended for either missing and/or failing mandated drug tests.
The NFL Players Association released a statement from Josh Gordon:
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.
Even though I expected this decision, I cant help but feel disappointed. not necessarily because Josh Gordon is stupid or at least irresponsible, but mainly disappointed in the rules the NFL has in place against recreational marijuana use. The fact is Josh Gordon committed no public crime. Im not advocating for marijuana use, but at the same time the NFL definitely should re-evaluate their rules,polices and procedures when it comes to handing out punishments. The Ray Rice situation is a black eye(no pun intended) in the face of the league right now. Its hard to understand the message that is being sent by Roger Goodell, unless of course he’s a Ravens fan… because the AFC north just got a whole lot easier.