What is Next for Josh Gordon?
Nov 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) attempts to catch a pass over Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Terence Newman (23) during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
According to a report by Fox Sports analyst Mike Garafolo is that Josh Gordon has two options, accept the leagues punishment or sue. There is still a possibility the Cincinnati Bengal defense may still have to keep Gordon at bay.
If Josh Gordon accepted the suspension, he would be out for at least a year. According to a clause stated in the same report, he would have to follow a drug rehab program set forth by the league, and then subject for readmission into the league after one year. Roger Goodell could hold him out if he does not complete the program or follow the rules.
If Josh Gordon decides to sue then there are a few things to remember:
#1 A judge could put a stop on the suspension until the conclusion of the court appeal, which could be months or years. That means that Gordon would play at least until the case is decided on.
#2 A judge could overrule the suspension quickly and Josh Gordon would return to the field with the league watching his every move. Obviously, this would be the most ideal conclusion for Gordon and his camp.
#3 Finally, A judge could uphold the decision and he would be at the mercy of the league after his year was up, hoping to be reinstated and not end his career on a law suit.
For the league, the ideal situation is that Gordon sit his year, attend the mandatory drug rehab program, and have the best potential to continue his career. What Josh Gordon and his camp decide to do will ultimately be up to him, but something tells me, this saga is not quite done yet.