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Josh Gordon pleads guilty to DWI charge

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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has pled guilty to DWI charges in Wake County, North Carolina. As a result, he has been sentenced to 12 months of unsupervised probation and must pay a fine of $390.

Gordon was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence back on July 4. The league’s shiny new drug policy mandates a two-game suspension for players who are convicted or plead out in drunk-driving cases, but Gordon’s arrest fortuitously occurred under the old policy. Had Gordon been given an additional two-game ban, it would have bumped his free agency back another season. But as Mike Florio from Pro Football Talk reports, Gordon will only be subject to a fine, and won’t have his current 10-game ban lengthened.

NFL.com’s Albert Breer corroborates these reports stating that Gordon has been “assured” this the case. Gordon, as reported on Monday, will be allowed in the Browns facility during his current 10-game suspension and is still on track to return in Week 12. Gordon’s free agency, which would have been pushed back a season had he been forced to serve a season-long ban, will now come after the 2015 regular season. This, of course, is assuming he doesn’t sign one of the more surprising contract extensions in recent NFL history.

  • Ezzie Goldish

    I’m now mostly confused why the assumption was a 2-game ban until now. Did nobody do their homework on this?

    On a related note, why is the assumption that Gordon would be put in Stage IV of the new policy – shouldn’t he be in Stage III?

  • JNeids

    So definitely no 2 game ban? Which means this season definitely counts against his contract? Well that just sucks…I almost would have rather him miss 2 more games this season and have his FA bumped back a season.

  • MrCleaveland

    Obviously, Gordon has made a lot of bad decisions. But it’s nice to see that he’s manned up and pled guilty to the DWI rather than dragging it out. One small step . . .

  • Pat Leonard

    Call me pessimistic, but I have doubts that Gordon’s admission of guilt was anything more than an attempt to get the lighter DWI punishment since the new drug policy is not yet in place.

  • mgbode

    there is absolutely no doubt that this is what happened.

  • MrCleaveland

    Oh. Naive little me.

  • BenRM

    Holy crap! ONLY $390 fines/costs? I guess if you’re going to get a DUI, get it in NC.