“What’s taking the NFL so long with the Josh Gordon stuff?” is the question I’m asked the most frequently lately. Finally, I’ve got an answer for you.
It seems that Josh Gordon’s camp, basically consisting of his agent Drew Rosenhaus and legal team, are threatening to take the NFL to court if Gordon is suspended for the entire year.
The NFL’s appointed arbitrator has been running a stall game in an attempt to allow the NFL and Gordon to reach some type of negotiated settlement. Gordon’s team has held firm in their unwillingness to talk any deal however. They believe they have at least even odds in any legal showdown.
It further helps Gordon’s position that the NFL has clearly lost in the court of public opinion. With their leniency with Ravens RB Ray Rice, most football fans feel that it’s outrageous to out Gordon for 12 months over a barely failed drug test.
The longer this drags out, the more ground the League loses, as such a late ruling puts the Browns in an very unfair position, and it’s entirely the NFL’s fault for the delay.
While it’s possible that Gordon may end up taking a deal, to this point his camp has been resolute in their refusal to even come to the table.
Shawn is the Editor-In-Chief and Lead Writer for Dawg Pound Nation. He’s also an Army Sergeant, married to the beautiful and brilliant @MrsStarr, dad to four and aspiring Browns Writer. You can follow him on Twitter @ShawnMStarr or @DawgPoundNews, as well as on the Dawg Pound Nation Facebook Page.