NFL suspends Josh Gordon for 1 year

NFL suspends Josh Gordon for 1 year

Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended for the entire NFL season, due to a failed drug test.

The arbitrator's ruling was released Wednesday afternoon. Gordon met with league officials on Aug. 4 in New York City.

The suspension is effective immediately.

Besides games, Gordon can't practice with the team, attend meetings or other club functions.

The 23-year-old is also facing a drunk driving charge out of North Carolina and will go to court in November.

Statement from Josh Gordon:

"I'd like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans. I am very disappointed that the NFL and its hearing officer didn't exercise better discretion and judgment in my case. I would like to sincerely thank the people who have been incredibly supportive of me during this challenging time, including my family, my agent, my union, my legal team, and the Cleveland Browns staff."

Statement from Browns General Manager Ray Farmer:

"While we may have strong feelings on the timing and the process of this decision, we have also consistently communicated that we will focus on what we can control in our day to day approach. Right now that is preparing our team for the 2014 season and at the same time, supporting Josh however we are able under NFL guidelines during his suspension."

Statement from Browns Head Coach Mike Pettine:

"We will continue to support Josh and we understand that there is accountability for one's actions. Our job and that of the team is to focus on what we can control. Our philosophy in building this team and the mentality we're establishing is that we're going to have to overcome challenges and situations throughout the course of a season. We'll continue to be relentless in our approach, in how we work and focus on our goal of returning winning football to Cleveland."

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