Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon may not be able to play during the entire 2014 NFL season, but his legal team hopes to find a way where he can see the field. One of their claims is that second-hand smoke was the reason for the Cleveland Browns star wide receiver's failed marijuana test.

From Adam Schefter of ESPN:

Gordon's legal team will argue that the positive tests are so marginal that they show uncertainty as to whether the test results were truly positive, and even if so, were the result of exposure to second-hand smoke, according to sources familiar with the case.

Gordon's "A" sample tested at 16 nanograms per milliliter, a bare one nanogram per milliliter above the 15-nanogram-per-milliliter threshold, while Gordon's "B" sample -- which should theoretically be consistent with the "A" sample, as it comes from the exact same specimen -- tested at 13.63 ng/ml, lower than the threshold.

With both samples coming from the same specimen test, the results should be consistent. Gordon's attorneys do not believe their client should be suspended for a year for differing disputed test results, especially when only one was barely higher than the threshold, sources said.

Gordon is expected to receive a yearlong suspension from the NFL, so I guess trying anything isn't going to hurt. We'll see if this second-hand smoke claim can actually gain any ground.


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