Updates from Wednesday, June 4
Browns Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon has pleaded not guilty to a speeding ticket.
Gordon, who is awaiting a possible NFL suspension for failing a drug test, did not appear as scheduled in Berea Municipal Court on Wednesday. According to the court's website, his attorney entered a not guilty plea Tuesday. There is no new court date.
Josh Gordon's offseason hit another snag when the Cleveland Browns wide receiver was caught speeding in Strongsville, Ohio, over Memorial Day weekend, per Matthew Florjancic of WKYC in Cleveland:
According to the citation, Gordon's 2014 grey Mercedes-Benz SUV was clocked going 74 miles an hour in a 60-mile-per-hour zone north of state route 82 on Interstate 71 North at 9:43 p.m. on Sunday, May 25.
Gordon is summoned to appear in court on Wednesday, June 4 to dispute the citation.
In addition to his speeding ticket, Gordon's passenger was issued a citation for possession of marijuana in an amount under 200 grams during the traffic stop. The marijuana was found in a blue bag with identification, and Gordon's passenger admitted it was theirs on the scene.
Browns general manager Ray Farmer said the team will make an official statement about Gordon when it has more information, per Tom Withers of The Associated Press:
#Browns GM Farmer: "We are gathering information regarding the situation.We will not have any further comment until the appropriate time."— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) May 30, 2014
By itself, the speeding ticket is a rather innocuous offense, though the passenger being cited for marijuana possession will concern some. The bigger problem is that it follows Gordon's failed drug test, which was his second violation of the NFL's drug policy. As a result, the Browns star could be suspended for the entire 2014 season.
CBSSports.com's Dane Brugler wondered if Gordon will ever stop being dogged by his off-field indiscretions:
Yet another reason why the #Browns tried to trade WR Josh Gordon a year ago. He simply doesn't get it and maybe never will— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) May 30, 2014
Aaron Nagler of Bleacher Report hit upon the often contradictory reactions from fans and the members of the NFL between when players mess up and owners mess up:
I'm sure we're all talking about how Josh Gordon clearly has a problem and we all hope he gets the help he needs. Or is that only for owners— Aaron Nagler (@AaronNagler) May 30, 2014
Former NFL veteran Dustin Fox took a more hard-line approach:
If I had a job that said hamburgers were against the rules... You know what I would do? Stay away from Hamburgers!! #Gordon— Dustin Fox (@DustinFox37) May 30, 2014
We all have beliefs on whether weed should be legal or not... Doesn't matter. NFL says no so that's all that matters. #Gordon— Dustin Fox (@DustinFox37) May 30, 2014
In terms of Gordon's playing career, this most recent news casts even more doubt on his future with the Browns.
He finished the 2013 season with 87 receptions for 1,646 and nine touchdowns and emerged as one of the best wideouts in the league.
Despite being in the middle of a career year, Cleveland reportedly weighed trade offers for him back in October. While the team may still want to offload him, that will become even harder to do with Gordon's off-field issues.