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  • Published: May 30th, 2014
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Josh Gordon is too stupid to be a Brown.

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Over the holiday weekend, Josh Gordon was ticketed for speeding. Given his current issues with the league, that is not smart. But when the policeman was at the vehicle, he smelled pot. That is just plain stupid.

Gordon’s NFL career is at risk. It is currently spinning around like a leaf caught by the wind suspended by a single strand of a spider’s web. It is clear that he cares more about his friends and smoking weed than he does about his career or his team. That is unacceptable. He clearly does not get what it takes to be a professional athlete. There are rules and to be in the league you have to abide by them. That is true even if the NFL is duplicitous in its weed policy. It hold NFL players to a measure 10 times more strict than the Olympics at the same time it is testing to see if weed can help players recover from concussion syndrome.

He could well be suspended not for a year but for life. He will go back to Houston and likely run again with the same guys that got him into trouble in the first place. After 12 months he is eligible to request reinstatement. Given his actions during the league’s review of his case, what chance is there that he will stay clean long enough to get reinstatement? The answer is clear—no chance whatever.

There is a chance that the NFL and the NFLPA will eliminate weed from testing. But with his proclivity for having bad friends and getting into trouble, he will find another way to violate NFL rules. Stupid is as stupid does.

The bottom line is this. He is just too stupid to be a Brown or an NFL player. He threw away his college career at Baylor. Then he threw away a potential career at Utah. Now he is doing everything he can to destroy his career in the NFL. And even if he is not given the total ban this time, the chances he will stay clean any length of time are slim at best. He will screw up again and will end up just another weed-head without a job or a career. Unless he is willing to give up his friends, I suggest he begins to practice phrases such as “would you like fries with that?”

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

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  • Published: May 22nd, 2014
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Player’s suit over Toradol hurts NFL’s drug suspension legitimacy

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A dozen former NFL players are suing the league over the use of the pain killer Toradol before and during games without advising them of the side effects of the drug. This suit is one of several against the league dealing with health issues. But the use of a pain killer like Toradol by the league drills holes in its drug policy.

The use of pain killers is just another example of the NFL’s duplicity about drug use. While they have a test 10 times more stringent than the Olympics on weed, they are funding a study to see if that drug helps in recovery from concussion syndrome. While they want to appear tough on weed, they are negotiating with the NFLPA to swap testing for marijuana for testing for human growth hormone. The league injects players with a drug without telling them about the side effects and penalizes them for taking a prescription drug unless they have approved it prior to use.

Every time the league does something to enforce its drug policy, it swallows its foot by doing something that seems to contradict the policy. Each of these contradictions decrease the chances that the drug policy will stand up in a court of law. Each weakens the league’s legitimacy in the drug testing arena. That should impact their decision about the violation of Brown’s WR Josh Gordon. We will see if it does but given the pomposity of the NFL it probably won’t.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

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  • Published: May 10th, 2014
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The NFL Giveth and the NFL Taketh Away.

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For Browns fans there is an advantage to being a pessimist. You are either right or pleasantly surprised.

The joy by most of the Browns fans over the movements of GM Ray Farmer in the 2014 NFL draft has been over shadowed by the shock of star WR Josh Gordon’s probable suspension. It is hard for those of us that do not have an addiction to drugs to understand how a guy that has so much God given talent can throw those gifts away for a temporary high.

The best case scenario for the Browns is that somehow the suspension of 12 calender months is reduced. There is little chance in my opinion that Gordon will be available all season. The most the Browns can hope for is that Gordon will be available for the last 8 games of the season. That is probably optimistic.

The re-injury of WR Nate Burleson arm is an issue as well. While it should be healed by the beginning of the season, the fact that it broke again is cause for concern. Usually bones that have sustained a break are stronger after healing.

Farmer has been aware of both situations for awhile. And yet there was no attempt to add a wide receiver with a pick in the first 3 rounds of the draft. Farmer said in his press conference last night that he was “not concerned” about the WR depth chart. The current starters would be the seldom used ex-Bengal Andrew Hawkins and the often broken Burleson with “Mr. Dropsey” Greg Little and the under-sized Travis Benjamin coming off an injury as well. That is not at all what Johnny Manziel thought he was getting into when drafted Thurday night.

Yesterday the 49ers traded a 4th round pick to the Bills for WR Stevie Johnson. He is 27 years old and a legitimate #1 receiver on the Browns roster.

There are only a couple of wideouts available in the draft that have the potential to develop into a #1 guy. That list includes Martavis Bryant of Clemson, and Devin Street of Pitt. Both guys have holes in their game that need to be corrected but both have size and reasonable speed.

There will be June 1 cuts as well. But Farmer and the Browns need to be focusing on the WR issue to have any chance of getting beyond the 4 or 5 win threshold. Right now without Gordon that is looking like a probable outcome of the 2014 season.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk NFL draft with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

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  • Published: Jun 18th, 2013
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The NFL must revisit its drug policy.

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The NFL has “jumped the shark” with the drug policy.  The phrase “jump the shark” refers to the TV show Happy Days trying to increase viewership with an episode where Fonzie jumped a tank of sharks.

 

The NFL has gone way too far in its attempt to keep “dangerous” drugs out of the league.  Last week the NFL announced that Cleveland WR Josh Gordon had been suspended for two games for a violation.  Because the NFL never releases the exact nature of the violation, we have to take what Gordon said about what drug was involved.

 

Gordon distributed the following statement.  “In February, I was diagnosed with strep throat for which a doctor prescribed antibiotics and cough medicine. Apparently, the medicine I took contained codeine, which is prohibited by the NFL policy.” 

 

In my opinion the off-season use of a prescribed codeine cough medicine is in no way harmful to the game.  In fact the suspension flies in the face of the league’s alleged focus on player safety and well being.  The league should support the players getting well under the care of a healthcare professional.

 

I believe the league should review the policy against prescribed use of HGH by players to recover from legitimate injuries.  The evidence of the performance enhancement properties of HGH is mixed.  The testing for HGH at this point requires the taking of blood from the player.  Thus far the NFLPA has refused to agree to such a test.

 

The NFL should limit the drug policy to those things that do improve performance.  Special allowance should be given to those players that are injured and under a doctor’s care.  The league claims it is interested in the long term well being of the players.  It also claims that it wants to make the game more enjoyable for the fans.  The players need the best care they can get.  Many old players are suffering from injuries beyond concussions incurred during their careers.  And the fans want to see their favorite team with as healthy a roster as is possible.

 

 

 

That’s what I think.  Tell me what you think.

 

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits https://fryingpansports.com.  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.  Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts.  You can hear the previous shows on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

He also edits .  

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

 

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