Fans go ballistic on NFL over Josh Gordon’s suspension

Which is worse—drug use or domestic violence?


Miles Klee

Internet Culture

Published Aug 27, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 5:00 pm CDT

The NFL’s season-long suspension of Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon for failing another drug test was upheld after a lengthy appeal process. (The league also kept him out of two games last year for violating its substance-abuse policy.) 

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Punishing a player for smoking marijuana, as Gordon apparently did, might’ve been enough to set fans off, but most were most appalled by a telling comparison: Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended for just two games after beating his fiancée unconscious in an Atlantic City casino. Both were booked on simple assault charges.

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Observers tackled the news with gusto.

Josh Gordon & Ray Rice………….

— MostEnterestingMan (@MostEntMan420) August 27, 2014

@nflcommish Maybe you should let Josh Gordon counsel Ray Rice

— Miles Wilhelm (@kaiserwilhelm72) August 27, 2014

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#joshgordon #rayrice #nfl #fantasyfootball

— Matthew Paul (@TwistedRapture) August 27, 2014

According to the NFL suspensions for Josh Gordon and Ray Rice, Half Baked is a more disturbing movie than Last House on the Left.

— Rob Fee (@robfee) August 27, 2014

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Man, it’s a good thing Ray Rice didn’t smoke weed before he beat up his fiancee in that elevator. #JoshGordon

— Zack Bennett (@ZackTN) August 27, 2014

Josh Gordon could have knocked out Ray Rice’s wife 8 times and gotten the same suspension he did for being in the vicinity of marijuana.

— Guy Endore-Kaiser (@GuyEndoreKaiser) August 27, 2014

Looks like Josh Gordon should have just punched that weed and dragged it caveman-style thru a lobby. THEN HE CUD SUIT UP.

— Kevin Sciretta (@kevinsciretta) August 27, 2014

Josh Gordon smoked weed and got the same suspension that Donte Stallworth got when Stallworth drove drunk and killed a guy. Let it sink in.

— Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite) August 27, 2014

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the demon bud once again claims another victim. PS I can name four starting QBs off the top of my head who I believe are rapists

— Degenerate Gandhi (@Bro_Pair) August 27, 2014

. @nfl

— Degenerate Gandhi (@Bro_Pair) August 27, 2014

@david_j_roth next thing you’ll tell me is that a team is named after a racist slur!

— Tony (@DrinksTheThings) August 27, 2014

Some people, of course, were invested in Gordon’s case for selfish reasons.

My fantasy dark horse just got taken out back and got shot #joshgordon

— Jeffrey Johnson (@BrotherNature5) August 27, 2014

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Prayers that someone gets drunk enough to draft Josh Gordon in my fantasy league this year.

— Philip Icuss (@Phil_Icuss) August 27, 2014

Well drafting josh Gordon in the 12th round of my fantasy draft was a great idea at the time

— Vinny Nerti (@VinnyNerts) August 27, 2014

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Josh Gordon and Sam Bradford are the reason your fantasy league should wait until the week before the opener to draft.

— Andrew Lacy (@andrewlacy52) August 27, 2014

Josh Gordon saved my fantasy seasom last year. Wish he wasn’t suspended.

— CoachD (@CoachDedmon) August 27, 2014

Put Josh Gordon as your starting WR in fantasy if you really thuggin.

— Babyface Assassin (@Karolina_Kidd_7) August 27, 2014

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People who drafted Josh Gordon in the last round of their football pools will start crowdfunding money for his legal action.

— Wyatt Arndt (@TheStanchion) August 27, 2014

On the plus side, Gordon now has plenty of free time to prepare for his DWI hearing.

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*First Published: Aug 27, 2014, 3:20 pm CDT