Some portions of the new drug policy will be retroactive. Some won’t.
Browns receiver Josh Gordon has pleaded guilty to driving while impaired. Under the new drug policy, a first offense will trigger a two-game suspension. Under the old drug policy, a first offense results in no suspension and a maximum fine of $50,000.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Gordon pleaded guilty now to ensure that he will not receive a two-game suspension for the DUI charges.
The guilty plea was submitted by Gordon’s lawyer; he was not required to appear personally in court. In exchange for the plea, Gordon received a 60-day suspended sentence. He also must pay a $100 fine. His driver’s license has been suspended.
Gordon is still expected to be suspended a total of 10 games under the new substance-abuse policy, which after two weeks is now down to 8 more games. Reports over the weekend say he was already informed of the suspension. Previously, he had been suspended for the entire 2014 season. However keep in mind, the new policy is not yet official and some speculate it could be Gordon's case that's holding it up.