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Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is facing a possible one-year suspension from the NFL for a failed drug test.
His hearing with the league takes place this Friday and it was announced on Tuesday that Gordon will appeal his suspension claiming that “second-hand smoke” is the reason for the positive marijuana results, according to ESPN.
Reversing a suspension against the NFL is not unheard of. Back in 2012, Seahawks CB Richard Sherman reversed a four-game suspension to no games. He did it with the help of attorney Maurice Suh, and Suh will be the same man helping Gordon this time around.
Another notch in the belt for Gordon is that he has passed at least 70 drug tests since being entered into Stage III of the league’s drug program last year, according to ProFootballTalk. Also to be fair, Gordon barely failed this test as his marijuana level was at 16 grams per mililiter (NFL max is 15 grams per mililiter).
However, with all of the run-ins this guy has had with the law and the NFL, it is tough to see how this is a case of an innocent man being wronged by the system. A July 5 DWI of this year and being banned for two games last year for a positive codeine drug test is all the evidence most people need to convict in the court of public opinion.