The Big Lead – Josh Gordon, facing a one-year suspension, has his appeal hearing set for Friday. According to Pro Football Talk, the appeal will focus on the difference between the “A” and “B” samples, while ESPN also adds that the legal team plans to make an argument that it is the result of second hand smoke.
The discrepancy between Gordon’s “A” and “B” samples is slight. The “A” sample was slightly above the cutoff. The “B” sample was slightly below. But, the NFL’s Drug Policy only requires enough to confirm the presence to the “limits of detection.” With the A sample being over the threshold, the discrepancy, in and of itself, is not grounds enough to reverse.
An expert will likely be brought in to say that the NFL standard allows for tests to register as positive based on second hand smoke. Then, they could point to the previous passed tests and the B sample to further bolster a second hand smoke argument. That at least gives Gordon a fighting chance.
I’m 100% behind Josh Gordon on this one. First reason, which I mentioned on Twitter last night, is that I’m pretty sure I’m the only regular pot smoker on the Barstool staff and, based on the bylaws of being a member of the National Association of Publicly Annoying Stoners, means I have to advocate for any and all uses of pot including but not limited to the recreational, medicinal, and knocking myself into a coma to mentally flee from the monotony of work-a-day life while simultaneously greatly improving the quality of shows like Rick and Morty.
Given all of that, I’m obviously going to fully support Josh Gordon. But my main reason for supporting him is that he loves pot, probably smokes it all the time, and if he’s able to things like this…
…while stoned, he may be one of the greatest American athletes in history. He missed two games last year for another pot suspension and still led the NFL in receiving yards by over 150 yards and he did it with guys like Brian Hoyer and Brandon Weeden throwing to him. Do you have any idea how insanely hard that is at your absolute peak sobriety? At my last job I tried blogging high one day and I could barely put a coherent thought on paper, let alone a fully formed blog of any sort. If you tried to have me do anything vaguely athletic, there’s a 40% chance I’d have spontaneously combusted.
Meanwhile Josh Gordon is out there dominating everyone, including his peers likely using far more potent substances that enhance athletic performance, and we’re going to suspend him for a season? At the minimum, he should be lauded. In a perfect world, he’d be allowed to score like an autistic kid in one of those feel good high school videos once a game just to even out the inherent challenges of getting way too high and pounding every carbohydrate in a 7-Eleven. It’s a tragedy that there’s even a chance of losing the opportunity to watch him play this year.
Use whatever defense you can, Josh. If Cleveland can get LeBron back, they can win this by pretending that Josh Gordon’s pores just suck up all the marijuana smoke in a three-state radius. I believe.