The NFL upheld their one-year suspension for Cleveland Brownswide receiver Josh Gordon for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. But, that might not be good enough to prevent the NFL’s leader in receiving yards last season from playing professional football this year.
Gordon is reportedly looking into the Canadian Football League as an option in 2014. He is set to meet with CFL officials to discuss playing football this season on a one-year contract. The purpose, of course, is because he wishes to return to the Browns in 2015, assuming NFL commissioner Roger Goodell decides to reinstate him. The catch is even if the CFL allows Gordon to play for one season he is still subject to the NFL’s drug treatment program.
Clearly, the CFL would be foolish not to have Gordon enter the league. The reason being that he is a high-profile athlete who will give the CFL plenty of publicity. Also, he is a very talented player who will increase the production of players around him, which will ultimately lead to higher fan attendance.
Gordon’s suspension was upheld this week by arbitrator Harold Henderson. The main reason is because he is a repeat offender of the league’s substance abuse policy. Plus, his relatively recent DUI did not help his situation. With that said, it certainly says something about the NFL that someone like Baltimore Ravensrunning back Ray Rice can beat his girlfriend unconscious and drag her motionless body out of a casino elevator and only receive a two-game suspension. Whereas Gordon, who was busted for marijuana in his system, is done for an entire year.
The Browns should be thrilled if Gordon enters the CFL because it will keep him in football shape and out of trouble.