By JIM METCALFE
DHI Media Sports Editor
Finally, the National Football League has come down with the expected calendar-year-long suspension of the Cleveland Browns gifted but troubled (sound familiar?) wide receiver, Josh Gordon.
I really wonder why it took the NFL that long — it must have seemed like years, especially for Browns’ fans — to come to a decision.
How many times must a guy screw up before he gets set down?
To claim it was second-hand marijuana smoke seemed, to say the least, an interesting legal move.
At worst, it seemed it was a “don’t blame me/it wasn’t my fault I was with these guys/I didn’t know what they were doing when they lit that match or flicked that lighter and I smelled something funny” stratagem that only a … er … dolt would have accepted.
Maybe the NFL’s totally blown 2-game suspension of running back Ray Rice — forget everything else; that was ridiculous — also had something to do with the wait.
Supposedly, the NFL is making changes in its player-conduct policy to deal with it but apparently, Rice won’t be affected.
As far as Gordon, you hope for his sake he gets some help and he can return next year.
However, perhaps it opens up another can of worms.
They just did a survey of players — apparently only 82 guys responded — who believe marijuana is no worse than alcohol.
I also have read articles that there is a move among some players — it seems to be growing, too — to ask the NFL to allow marijuana use to deal with the pain issue, especially since two states (Washington and Colorado) have legalized it.
We shall see where that goes but if something happens quickly, you think perhaps Mr. Gordon will ask the NFL to reconsider?
The Cincinnati Reds put starting pitchers Mat Latos and Mike Leake on revocable waivers.
That means they have three options: if some team claims them — my guess is more than one will, especially Latos — either the Reds can pull them back, let them go straight up or they have 48 hours to work out a trade with the offenders!