Browns’ All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon pleaded guilty to his DWI Tuesday morning in Raleigh, N.C., the Wake County clerk’s office told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Under the new drug policy, a DWI conviction results in an automatic two-game suspension, but a source told profootballtalk.com that Gordon will not be suspended by the NFL for the DWI. The source said that some things will be retroactive under the new policy and some will not, and that Gordon pleaded guilty now to avoid the two-game suspension.
His hearing was originally set for Aug. 26th, but then postponed until Nov. 18 while he went through the appeals process for his indefinite drug ban. It was moved up again to today so Gordon could avoid the extra two games for a total of 12.
When the NFL’s new policy is approved, Gordon will have his suspension reduced from 16 games to 10 because he’s violated the substance abuse policy at least four times, sources said last week.
If he plays the final six games, beginning Nov. 23, it would count as an accrued season, meaning he’d be eligible for free agency after the 2015, as originally scheduled.
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