“Josh Gordon suspended.” That’s not the headline Cleveland Browns fans wanted to see. The NFL has suspended Josh Gordon for the full 2014 season, ending his hope of coming back and likely frustrating fantasy football owners in the process. According to a report from ESPN on Wednesday (Aug. 27), the league upheld the one-year ban he had received for violating the substance-abuse apology. An appeal process had been ongoing, with the star receiver hoping that the league was going to show him some leniency in the end. It did not.
Speaking about the league’s findings in a press release, Gordon stated, “I'd like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans. I am very disappointed that the NFL and its hearing office didn't exercise better discretion and judgment in my case. I would like to sincerely thank the people who have been incredibly supportive of me during this challenging time, including my family, my agent, my union, my legal team, and the Cleveland Browns staff." He isn’t the only one disappointed by the end result.
Last season for the Browns, Gordon was one of the best receivers in the game. He put up astounding fantasy football numbers, catching 87 passes for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns. It was very likely that he would continue putting up those numbers during the 2014 NFL season, but early offseason Cleveland Browns rumors indicated he had violated the league drug policy again. Now Gordon is officially suspended, meaning fantasy owners should look closely at other options on the Browns’ roster before draft day.