Aug 9, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Gordon Suspended: Statement Analysis

The hammer finally dropped on Josh Gordon, as his appeal hearing officer issued an indefinite suspension for the Pro Bowl receiver, meaning he can’t apply for reinstatement for one calendar year.

Gordon issued the following statement through the NFLPA:

“I’d like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans,” Gordon said in the statement. “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.”

Because a verdict had been dragging on all summer, a report from Dawg Pound Nation, which was reported on this website, indicated  Gordon and his camp might be threatening the NFL with a lawsuit should he be suspended for the upcoming season. Hence the reasoning for why Henderson was taking so long to issue a decision.

Gordon’s statement is interesting because he kind of takes a hit at the NFL by declaring that he’s “disappointed that the NFL and its hearing office didn’t excercisebetter discretion…”

It’s kind of a bold move, considering Gordon will be applying for reinstatement at this time next year. It also leads one to wonder if its the last we’ve heard of this dispute.

Yesterday, it was reported that Gordon’s DWI hearing from an incident in Raleigh, N.C. was rescheduled for November. Technically, this incident shouldn’t have any weight on his violating of the league’s substance abuse policy from the spring.

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