Josh Gordon applied for reinstatement around Jan. 20, and the NFL’s policy states that:
“all individuals involved in the process will take steps to enable the commissioner to render a decision within 60 days of the receipt of the application.”
While that sounds promising to Cleveland fans, will the NFL deny Gordon’s reinstatement? According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, there is still an issue with the NFL’s trust in Gordon.
One league source speculated that perhaps Gordon hasn’t shown the NFL enough of a commitment to his sobriety. Gordon has maintained from the beginning that he’s not an addict, and spent two weeks at an inpatient addiction center in 2014, where he says they told him he was not one.
But during his Super Bowl press conference, Goodell stressed that Gordon, who’s been suspended for 27 of the last 32 games, would have to convince the league that it’s not going to happen again.
“Our No. 1 issue here is to prevent these things from happening,” he said. “I’m hopeful that Josh understands that he’s going to have to conduct himself differently going forward to be a member of the NFL and to be representing the Cleveland Browns, or any team in the NFL.
Gordon needs to get back on the field, so I hope he can clean up his act. I was hoping for the same with Justin Blackmon as well, but that never happened.