Fans go ballistic on NFL over Josh Gordon’s suspension

Which is worse—drug use or domestic violence?

Mar 1, 2020, 10:46 pm*

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Miles Klee

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.) 

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.

Observers tackled the news with gusto.

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

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