On Monday, the news broke that Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon had failed another drug test in the past month due to a diluted sample, as the organization awaited word on whether his request for reinstatement in to the NFL would be granted. Tuesday afternoon, Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer broke the news that Gordon's request for reinstatement has officially been denied.
Cabot adds that Gordon can re-apply for reinstatement again on August 1, but he's going to be subjected to the same process he just went through. That means the NFL would try to make a ruling on his request within 60 days of August 1, but if they see fit, they can really take as long as they want. That means Gordon will miss all of the team's offseason programs in the first year of new head coach Hue Jackson, and he'd likely miss all of training camp, the preseason, and part of the regular season. On top of all of that, the organization would have to have an ounce of faith in Gordon that he'd stay clean. Given his history, there's no reason to have that shred of hope.