NFL Hoping To Finalize New Drug Policy Tonight, Josh Gordon’s Suspension Would Not Be Fully Reversed

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Thursday, September 11th, 2014 | 0


When the Cleveland Browns’ Josh Gordon and the Denver Broncos’ Wes Welker were suspended for violating the NFL’s policy on substance abuse and performance-enhancing drugs, respectively, many cried out that their punishment was to harsh.

Gordon was suspended for the entire 2014 for repeatedly failing drug tests for marijuana, and Welker was suspended four games for amphetamine use after he alleged used MDMA during the Kentucky Derby.

The suspensions were deemed extremely questionable given that former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended for only two games for allegedly knocking out his wife in a casino elevator (video evidence has since proven it, and Rice has been both released and suspended indefinitely).

Because of the discrepancy and implied double standard, the NFL players association sought to finalize the deal new policy today (Thurs., September 11, 2014) that could enact the first-ever NFL tests for human growth hormone (HGH) while substantially raising the testing limits for marijuana. According to Adam Schefter both sides are looking to finalize the new policy tonight:

The new policy could also retroactively affect Gordon and Welker’s suspensions, among others, but ESPN’s Matthew Berry said that Gordon’s suspension, which is for the entire 16 games this year, would not be fully reversed:

Many, including Gordon and his fantasy football owners, were hopeful that he would see his full ban disappear but initial reports see like that will not be the case for the embattled Browns star.

TSM Plug will update all developments on the NFL’s new drug policy as they arise.



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