Updates from Friday, July 25
ESPN's Tony Grossi reports the latest on Gordon:
Can confirm #Browns WR Josh Gordon is present and on field for conditioning test.— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) July 25, 2014
Updates from Thursday, July 24
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports on the actions Josh Gordon took after his DUI arrest:
Browns WR Josh Gordon entered rehab after arrest in NC, as @mikegarafolo reported. Gordon spent two weeks in rehab in California.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 24, 2014
Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon will appeal his one-year suspension in a meeting with NFL officials on Aug. 1, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Gordon, who is facing the yearlong ban following a failed drug test earlier this offseason, will file the appeal in New York, the source told Schefter.
Updates from Tuesday, July 22
Pat McManamon of ESPN reports on Gordon's upcoming hearing date:
A source close to the situation said the hearing would be within the next two weeks. If a decision on Gordon's status for failing a drug test in the offseason comes out of the hearing, that means the Browns could know soon after. However, the timetable remains in the hands of the league.
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine also discussed Gordon and the team's plans for him moving forward, per NFL.com's Dan Hanzus:
'No, we're firm. We want to find that middle ground,' he said. 'Josh is a Cleveland Brown. We want to do what's best for him. We have a player that potentially needs help. Whether it's him or whether it's anybody else that wears the uniform, if we can help, we'll help.
'We want to make our decisions always, what's best for the player, and you try to marry it with what's best for the team. So that's why I don't think that cutting him, while it may have worked for some other people, I don't know if that's the necessarily the best option here. It might be the worst option for both -- for us and for him. We're going to wait and see what happens and then act accordingly.'
Gordon's suspension-appeal hearing is expected to take place later this month. Pettine said the team expects a resolution to the situation in 10-to-14 days. The coach said he has no idea how long Gordon could be banned.
'We've planned for everything, and we're ready to go,' he said. 'I don't want that to be a huge dark cloud hanging over everything and we've hung our hopes on it. Typical coach mentality: Expect the worst, hope for the best.'
Updates from Friday, July 18
Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has more on Gordon from agent Drew Rosenhaus:
"I'm sure I'll get together with the Browns at some point before training camp to talk to them some more about all of our clients,'' Rosenhaus said at client Joe Haden's charity softball game at Classic Park, home of the Lake County Captains. "We're talking to them about Jabaal Sheard and a contract extension and I'm sure we'll talk about Josh some more and continue to work together and do the best job we can for him collectively.''
Rosenhaus declined to say much about Gordon's anticipated indefinite ban for violating the league's substance abuse for at least the third time. He reportedly tested positive for marijuana.
"Let's just say (the appeal hearing is) some point in the near future,'' Rosenhaus said. "I'm not permitted to divulge that.''
He also declined to comment on how Gordon's recent DWI in Raleigh, North Carolina might impact the appeal hearing and when he expects a resolution.
"I'm not going to talk about Josh,'' Rosenhaus said after the game. "I'm here tonight to support Joe and a really nice event. I really don't have anything to add about Josh's situation. Right now that's a league matter and as everyone knows he's got an appeal coming up and I really won't have anything to say about it until afterwards.
Updates from Thursday, July 17
Cabot provides an update on Gordon's looming suspension hearing from agent Drew Rosenhaus:
Josh Gordon's agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed that Gordon's appeal hearing regarding his drug suspension is coming up soon.— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) July 18, 2014
Rosenhaus declined to say how Josh Gordon's recent DWI might impact his appeal hearing.— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) July 18, 2014
Updates from Monday, July 7
Ed Werder of ESPN reports the Browns' feelings on Gordon, via Evan Silva of Rotoworld:
Ed Werder on #Browns feelings on Josh Gordon: "They believe his career hanging in balance." Bad decisions "common theme since high school."— Evan Silva (@evansilva) July 7, 2014
WRALSportsFan.com reports Gordon was driving a vehicle registered to former North Carolina Tar Heel and new Charlotte Hornet P.J. Hairston at the time of his arrest Saturday:
When Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was arrested for DWI early Saturday morning in Raleigh, he was driving a vehicle registered to former University of North Carolina guard PJ Hairston, according to the record of that arrest.
Hairston, whose full name is Samuel Peterson Hairston, Jr., is the registered owner of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade Gordon was driving when he was stopped shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday.
According to Werder, Gordon has been encouraged to seek help following his recent arrest:
Sources tell me that some close to Josh Gordon urging him to seek professional assistance for substance-abuse issues part of life since HS— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) July 7, 2014
Indianapolis Colts linebacker and former Cleveland Browns teammate D'Qwell Jackson is among those requesting support for Gordon, per James Walker of ESPN.com:
He needs help, he really does. He needs people to extend themselves and probably have to do more than they wanted to do. But if [the Browns] care anything about the kid, they have to do it. ...
... At this point calling the cell phone is not going to work. You have to fly out to him. You have to fly out to wherever he is, take him to dinner and pick his brain to see what's important to him. ...
... Josh Gordon was a big piece of the Browns' future; It's just unfortunate he didn't view it that way. He is so valuable. He doesn't understand how valuable he is to an organization. He has no clue.
Embattled Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was reportedly arrested in Raleigh, North Carolina, early Saturday morning on DWI charges.
Grant deBruin of WKYC in Cleveland broke the news and provided the star's mugshot:
WKYC's Matt Anderson reports the Raleigh Police Department confirmed the arrest, but as of yet, there's no record of him being processed at the jail:
Raleigh PD Confirms To WKYC That Joshua Caleb Gordon Was Arrested Last Night. Raleigh Jail Has Not Processed A Joshua Caleb Gordon Yet.— Matt Anderson (@MAndersonWKYC) July 5, 2014
Adam Schefter of ESPN also confirmed the arrest through the local police captain:
Browns WR Josh Gordon was arrested in Raleigh, N.C. for DWI – driving while impaired, according to Raleigh police captain Tommy Klein.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 5, 2014
DWI in Raleigh is driving subject to an impairing substance. Police captain Tommy Klein added, “appreciably impaired.”— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 5, 2014
ESPN.com provides details on the incident:
WNCN, the NBC affiliate in Raleigh, reported Gordon's blood-alcohol level was .09, and he admitted to having three drinks with vodka.
When asked if marijuana was involved, [police spokesman Jim] Sughrue said he couldn't comment, but added, "you'll notice there were no charges for that."
Gordon was released on a $500 bond. Court records did not list an attorney. Gordon is scheduled for an Aug. 26 court appearance in Raleigh on the charges brought against him.
Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer provides more details on the arrest and supplies Browns GM Ray Farmar's comments on the matter:
Raleigh information office Jim Sughrue told http://t.co/AxL2Mqzjbd Gordon was cited for going 50 in a 35. Not charged w/ any drug possession— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) July 5, 2014
Ray Farmer - "We are aware of the matter and are disappointed to learn of this situation. We will comment further at the appropriate time."— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) July 5, 2014
WNCN reports that Gordon's bond was paid by Haydn Patrick "Fats" Thomas:
Haydn Patrick "Fats" Thomas posted a $500 bond for Gordon, according to court documents.
In 2013, Thomas rented out a vehicle to former UNC basketball player P.J. Hairston. Hairston was arrested June 5, 2013 in Durham in a vehicle from Thomas along with Elizabeth City State basketball player Miykael Faulcon and former college basketball player Carlos Sanford. All three were charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession.
Gordon's agent Drew Rosenhaus declined to comment, according to NFL.com's Albert Breer:
When asked for comment, Josh Gordon's agent Drew Rosenhaus texted, "Nothing at this time".— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) July 5, 2014
Gordon's latest setback comes one day after Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported a hearing concerning the length of a suspension for violating the substance-abuse policy was set for late July. The wideout was hoping to avoid a full-season ban.
Gordon served a two-game suspension last season for a previous violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy.
Cabot also talked with sources close to Gordon, who were worried about his future. There's a belief among those around him that an extended suspension could mark the end of his career:
Sources close to Gordon have told Cleveland.com they're concerned that if he's away from the team for a year and away from his support system, that he'll have a tough time making it back into the NFL.
Unfortunately, Gordon hasn't been able to keep himself out of trouble even with knowledge he was facing a yearlong ban from the league. If it wasn't clear before that his problems are far deeper than when he can play football again, it should be now.
Bleacher Report's Matt Miller notes there were red flags attached to Gordon before he entered the league. It appears they were accurate:
All the red flags surrounding Josh Gordon pre-draft are proving true. Really unfortunate, too.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) July 5, 2014
There are not enough details right now to determine how this could impact Gordon. It's unclear what type of punishment he could face in North Carolina for the charges. Beyond that, the league obviously won't take kindly to another negative situation.
It would be a surprise if he's back on an NFL field anytime in the near future.