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.
Wake County clerk confirms #Browns WR Josh Gordon pleads guilty to DWI today. 12 months unsupervised probation, $390 in fines/costs
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 16, 2014
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.