The day after Josh Gordon was announced as No. 16 on the NFL's prestigious Top 100 Players of 2014, an update finally came down with regards to his reported violation of the league's substance of abuse policy, which was leaked to ESPN back in early May, on Day 2 of this year's NFL Draft.
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk is reporting, per a league source, that Gordon now has a date set for his hearing on this case:
But it will be happening sooner rather than later. Gordon’s hearing, we’re told, has been scheduled for late July.
It’s still possible that a hearing won’t be needed, if the NFL and the NFLPA work out a reduced suspension. Gordon reportedly faces a minimum banishment of one year for his latest violation of the substance-abuse policy.
Many were speculating, with the latest suspensions of former Dolphin's first-round pick Dion Jordan and lesser known players such as Colts WR LaVon Brazill and Chiefs OG Rokevious Watkins, that surely Gordon would be next. Now, that no longer appears to be the case.
While as exhausting as the wait has been for an actual tangible update on Gordon's case, the fact that the punishment didn't come down today could potentially be seen as a good thing.
Despite the ESPN "Outside the Lines" report definitively stating that Gordon failed a drug test for marijuana, which led to this impending suspension, rumors have been swirling since that the whole story remains unknown to the public.
Meanwhile, Gordon was issued a speeding ticket in late May and during the same stop a passenger of his vehicle was cited possession of marijuana, raising more red flags.
Still, some speculation went even as far to suggest that Gordon may have only missed a test, however according to the policy, it would count the same as a positive in the program.
This is, by the way, the same policy which carries very strict rules on nondisclosure that one of the parties involved apparently hasn't been following for us to have even learned about it as early as we did.
Gordon was arrested for a DWI (driving while impaired) in the early morning of Saturday, July 5, WKYC confirmed.
We will continue to update this story here as more details come in.