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Could Josh Gordon succeed with second-hand smoke defense?

Josh GordonJosh Gordon is set to appeal his failed drug test on Friday. He is reportedly planning to use the second-hand smoke defense, which is one we have heard from players in the past but rarely holds up during the appeals process. But as Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk outlined on Tuesday, Gordon might actually have a shot.

After he tested positive for the use of codeine syrup and was suspended for the first two games of the 2013 season, Gordon was placed in the NFL’s Stage III drug program. That means he has to pass 10 drug tests per month, and Florio reports that he has passed around 70 of them. And the one time Gordon did test positive, half of his urine tested negative. Florio breaks it down:

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.

In other words, Gordon may have failed his test simply because of the way the sample cups were labeled. Had the arbitrary “A” and “B” labels been swapped, the first urine sample tested would have been negative and he would have passed. Regardless of the way Gordon’s case turns out, that seems like a pretty significant flaw in the NFL’s testing system.

Independent of the A/B dilemma is the fact that one of Gordon’s samples tested just one nanogram per milliliter above the legal limit of 15, whereas the second sample tested 1.4 nanograms per milliliter below. While limits are limits for a reason, does Gordon have a case with the second-hand smoke argument because of how close he was to passing?

For what it’s worth, Gordon recently hired Maurice Suh — the attorney who helped Richard Sherman convince the NFL to nix his four-game suspension after he tested positive in 2012. Gordon is still facing a one-year suspension if he loses his appeal, but I wouldn’t be cutting him from my fantasy keeper league just yet.

PJ Hairston says he switched cars with Josh Gordon after first meeting him

PJ-HairstonHow is it that Josh Gordon was driving a car that was registered to Charlotte Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston at the time of his DWI arrest last weekend? Gordon and Hairston met by chance in a grocery store parking lot (for the first time in their lives) and decided to swap cars, of course. At least, that’s what Hairston is selling.

Hairston told Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer that he bumped into Gordon at a grocery store in Chapel Hill last Friday night. After a quick introduction and an exchange of phone numbers, Hairston claims he let the Cleveland Browns receiver borrow his Cadillac.

“Me and Josh Gordon met at the Fresh Market in Chapel Hill,” Hairston explained. “I walked there to get food and happened to run into him in there. I am a football fan so I knew who he was. Right away, we started talking about football, basketball and we walked outside.

“He saw my car and asked me ‘What are you doing?’ He asked if I minded if we switched cars and we exchanged numbers and he was going to drive my car that night and bring it back to me. I said OK, and we switched cars. The rest of that is history.”

And that was that. Hairston didn’t know Gordon any better than his fantasy football owners know him, but he figured there was no harm is letting a stranger borrow his car. Of course, Gordon was later bailed out by convicted felon Haydn “Fats” Thomas — the guy who allegedly loaned Hairston the car that got him in trouble at UNC. That was all part of the incredible coincidence.

“Once I realized that he had connections with people that got me in trouble in the past, I figured it would probably be a problem,” Hairston added.

I don’t even know what Hairston is trying to get us to believe. Is he trying to say Gordon and “Fats” conned him into a chance meeting with Gordon that would result in Hairston lending out his car? Hairston’s story is so ridiculous it’s almost laughable.

H/T Deadspin

Report: Josh Gordon driving PJ Hairston’s car at time of DWI arrest

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While Charlotte Hornets first-round draft pick P.J. Hairston was off allegedly punching a 17-year-old in the face during a YMCA pick-up basketball game this weekend, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was getting arrested for driving while impaired in Hairston’s car. Well, Hairston’s incident happened on Sunday and Gordon’s on Saturday, but you get the point.

Will Brinson of CBSSports.com reported on Monday that the 2015 GMC Yukon that was being driven by Gordon at the time of his arrest is registered to Samuel Peterson Hairston Jr., which is P.J. Hairston’s full legal name.

In addition, the man who posted Gordon’s $500 bond was Haydn “Fats” Thomas, a convicted felon who allegedly loaned Hairston the car he was driving last year when he was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and driving without a license. Hairston did not play for UNC all of last season due to his legal issues.

Did you follow all that? Simply put, it appears that Gordon and Hairston — two professional athletes who have had numerous problems off the court — run with the same inner circle. It sounds like they both need to get away from it.

Josh Gordon arrested for DWI

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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was arrested for driving while impaired on Saturday morning. Matt Anderson of WKYC first reported the arrest, which took place at around 4:00 a.m. in North Carolina.

While it is unclear if Gordon was drinking or under the influence of drugs, Raleigh police captain Tommy Klein told Adam Schefter that Gordon appeared “appreciably impaired.”

Where do we even begin with this one? Gordon, who emerged as one of the best wide receivers in the NFL last season, is already facing a potential season-long suspension for a second failed marijuana test back in May. After word of the arrest surfaced, former Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson wrote on Twitter that Gordon needs serious help from those close to him.

Earlier this week, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that sources close to Gordon are concerned he will have a “hard time making it back into the NFL” if he is suspended for a full season. The 23-year-old’s latest arrest has his future looking even more grim.

Photo: Twitter/Matt Anderson

Josh Gordon has been dogging it in practice

Josh GordonCleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is still waiting to see if he will be suspended for the entire 2014 season after failing yet another drug test. In the meantime, he is loafing it during team workouts.

On Tuesday, Browns head coach Mike Pettine admitted that he has had to speak to Gordon about not hustling during practice.

“It is something we’ve talked about and from what I understand he’s made some improvement, but it is a work in progress,” Pettine said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Northeast Ohio Media Group. “I’m a big believer in quality of reps versus quantity of reps. If I’m a player and I know that I’m going to be out there for 40 full-speed team snaps I may have a tendency to pace myself.

“There still needs to be improvement there but we’re aware of it.”

Pettine also noted that awaiting word on Gordon’s potential suspension is throwing a kink in Cleveland’s offseason plans.

“There’s certainly a level of frustration because we’ve known the news for so long,” he said. “It’s just a holding pattern and I understand that the league has a process that they have to go through and there’s other things that they’re dealing with and we respect that. But at the same time it is difficult because it really will affect our preparation for the season.”

As Cabot pointed out, Sports Illustrated’s Greg Bedard noted Gordon’s tendency to dog it during practice last summer, so this is a recurring theme. Gordon was also suspended for the first two games of last season because of a positive marijuana test, and he was kicked off the team at Baylor after multiple failed drug tests.

Simply put, it sounds like Gordon has become a distraction. Not only does the team not know when it will be without its best offensive weapon, but Gordon is making life difficult on his teammates and coaches by giving less than 100%. Practicing hard would be the best thing he can do right now to help the team prepare.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Cris Carter: Using drugs the most important thing to Josh Gordon

Josh GordonCleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon broke out in a big way in 2013. In his second season, Gordon hauled in 87 passes led the NFL in receiving yards (1,646) despite playing in just 14 games.

Expectations for 2014 will be tempered with the 23-year-old facing a potentially season-long suspension as a result of a failed drug test.

Immense talent aside, Gordon has had a history of substance related issues. While in college at Baylor, he was was suspended indefinitely after testing positive for marijuana and later transferred out of the program. Gordon was also suspended for the Browns’ first two games of last season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

Most people remember Hall of Famer Cris Carter for his time with the Minnesota Vikings, but that opportunity came because of a missed one with the Philadelphia Eagles. Drug and alcohol abuse led to his release from the team after three seasons.

Rarely one to bite his tongue, Carter some interesting comments recently about Josh Gordon and his documented substance issues.

“It’s fairly obvious that (using substances) is more important to him than anything else,” the former Ohio State star told cleveland.com. “It’s always been very, very important to him. It’s well-documented that it’s been primary since early college. Maybe it even goes back to early high school.”

“I’d much rather help an undrafted free agent that has a problem and he says I’ve got a problem and he wants some help, then help a guy who’s first-team All-Pro (and hasn’t reached out),” said Carter.

Carter went on to talk about the impact hitting rock bottom (being cut by the Eagles) had on him and how it served as turning point. Perhaps a season-long suspension would cause a similar effect for Josh Gordon, but for that we will have to wait and see. One thing is for sure, if there’s someone qualified to speak on this subject, it’s Cris Carter.

H/T Eye On Football

Josh Gordon cited for speeding; passenger had marijuana

Josh GordonThis Josh Gordon character is a real winner, I tell you.

The Cleveland Browns wide receiver, who is facing a suspension from the league after reportedly failing another drug test, was cited for speeding over Memorial Day weekend, WKYC reports.

WKYC says Gordon’s Mercedes SUV was clocked going 74 in a 60-mph zone on Sunday night. Marijuana was also found in the car, but luckily for Gordon, one of his boys pulled off a true homie move and claimed it was his.

Gordon essentially has proven that he is addicted to the ganja. He was suspended two games at the start of last season because of a drug violation. He was kicked off Baylor’s team in college for multiple positive drug tests. And then he transferred to Utah but never played, also because he reportedly failed drug tests there, too.

Gordon isn’t doing a lot right these days, but at least we’ll give him credit for making sure he has a weed carrier in his entourage.