No NFL player is to believed to have ever won an appealing hearing playing the, “It was only second-hand pot card.”
But it might get Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon a reduced suspension.
Gordon pleaded his case for 10 hours Friday, and the appeal hearing is set to resume Monday, after the NFL’s Hall of Fame induction weekend concludes.
Does the length of the meeting foreshadow anything about Gordon’s future? It certainly doesn’t hurt that the arbitrator didn’t laugh in his face five minutes into the appeal.
The fact the hearing will resume gives Gordon hope of seeing the field. After 10 hours, it would seem if the league was going to him ban him indefinitely, it could have already done so based off what it heard Friday.
Realistically, it’s not likely Gordon is going to get away scott free. His first test was slightly over the threshold, but that’s the point. It was over, and Gordon’s union is responsible for setting the limit, as outlined in the collective bargaining agreement.
As NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Cleveland.com, the second-hand pot explanation wouldn’t win an appeal.
“You are responsible for what’s in your body,” he said. “That has always been a cornerstone of our drug-testing programs.”