You might want to put your affairs in order, because on the heels of LeBron James' return to Cleveland, it appears the city's sports teams may be about to catch another break.
And that's almost certainly a sign of the apocalypse.
Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, who is staring down the barrel of at least a one-year suspension after failing yet another drug test, has already pulled out one big gun of his own.
As ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday, Gordon hired attorney Maurice Suh, who successfully helped Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman appeal a contested drug test two years ago.
Now, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk has the details of Gordon's appeal:
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Gordon landed in Stage III of the program last year as part of a negotiated two-game suspension for the use of cough syrup that contained codeine. Once in Stage III, a player never leaves. And he must pass up to 10 drug tests per month.
According to the source, Gordon has passed at least 70 drug tests. One test barely generated a positive. And but for the 50-50 luck of the draw, it would have been a negative.
Urine samples routinely are split into two bottles, the “A” bottle and the “B” bottle. If the “A” bottle generates a positive result, the “B” bottle is tested. Amazingly, the “B” bottle doesn’t have to independently show a violation. Instead, the substance abuse policy states that the “‘B’ bottle Test need only show that the substance, revealed in the ‘A’ bottle Test, is evident to the ‘limits of detection’ to confirm the results of the ‘A’ bottle Test.”
In English, close counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and “B” bottles.
For Gordon, the “A” bottle showed a concentration of 16 ng/ml, only one nanogram per milliliter above the limits of 15. The “B” bottle showed a concentration of 13.6 ng/ml — less than the threshold.
But because the “A” bottle was labeled “A” and not “B” and because the “B” bottle was labeled “B” and not “A”, the end result is a positive and a minimum one-year banishment from the NFL. Flip the bottles when it’s time to apply the labels, and Gordon isn’t facing a suspension.
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Had Gordon not run afoul of the law twice since his positive test was announced, there appears to be a real chance he would have won his appeal.
Now? Who knows, especially amid the firestorm of criticism over the league's handling of the Ray Rice affair.