The NFL announced on Monday that Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been officially reinstated and is eligible to play in the 2016 season after serving a four-game suspension. Gordon’s reinstatement is conditional, but he is permitted to participate in training camp and play in preseason games.
“I’m blessed and grateful to be granted Chris Kreider Jersey this opportunity,” Gordon tweeted. “I can’t wait to get back out there and play the game I love in front of the great fans of Cleveland. I want to thank the NFLPA, Commissioner Goodell, the Haslam family and Browns organization, my agent Drew Rosenhaus, as well as my mentors for their continuous support along the way.
“I’ve heard only good things from my teammates about the positive direction the organization is heading and I want to do everything I can to be there to help further that process not only for the team but to better myself as well. Thank you.”
Gordon will be permitted to join the Browns Dan Boyle Jersey right away and participate in meetings and conditioning work. He will be cleared to begin practicing “once arrangements have been confirmed regarding Gordon’s clinical resources in Cleveland,” according to a statement from the NFL.
Roger Goodell indicated that Gordon understands it’s on him to take control of his own future.
“Countless others including your agent, teammates and coaches, Mr. Haslam and the leadership of the organization, the Program professionals and Jim Brown also have pledged to provide you with every resource at their disposal,” Goodell said. “But as you acknowledged, ultimately, your future is your responsibility. I have every belief that you can make the right choices, but it will be up to you to do so.”
Gordon was suspended indefinitely last February for multiple violations of the league’s substance abuse policy. The four-game suspension facing Gordon at the start of the 2016 season is his fourth in as many years.
After pleading guilty to a DUI charge in September of 2014, Gordon was required to submit to alcohol testing as part of the league’s mandated program. He then failed an alcohol test last January, violating his no-alcohol restriction and triggering the indefinite suspension.
Gordon applied for reinstatement in February and he could have been reinstated within 60 days of that reinstatement, but it was reported in April that Gordon had failed another drug test. This one tested positive for marijuana, though it was under the threshold for a positive test, but the presence of a diluting agent automatically made the test positive.
At that point, it was only reported that this wouldn’t necessarily trigger another yearlong suspension, but that commissioner Roger Goodell was still considering his options in the wake of the positive test.