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Josh Gordon: Cough medicine triggered suspension

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10:08 AM ET 06.08 | Josh Gordon was elusive in Browns minicamp this week, but not just to the defensive backs trying to cover him. The Browns' second-year receiver managed to slip away all three days from reporters trying to ask him about two-week-old rumors that he had a failed a drug test. On Thursday, he lowered his head, hid behind teammates and ducked into the weight room, ignoring calls of his name. On Friday, the rumors became fact when the NFL announced that Gordon -- who failed three marijuana tests in college -- had been suspended for the first two games of the regular season and fined two additional game checks for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He'll miss the opener at home against Miami Sept. 8 and a trip to Baltimore Sept. 15. But Gordon, who can participate in training camp and all four preseason games, apparently didn't test positive for marijuana. In a statement released by the Browns, he said he unknowingly ingested codeine that was in cough medicine prescribed for strep throat in February.

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June 8, 2013  10:17 AM ET

In a statement released by the Browns, he said he unknowingly ingested codeine that was in cough medicine prescribed for strep throat in February.


yeah, it was purely an accidental ingestion of a narcotic, where did he get it, if he had a Rx there would be no problem.....If anyone believes that; I have a bridge I want to sell you....

June 8, 2013  10:20 AM ET

Was it purple?

June 8, 2013  10:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

In a statement released by the Browns, he said he unknowingly ingested codeine that was in cough medicine prescribed for strep throat in February.yeah, it was purely an accidental ingestion of a narcotic, where did he get it, if he had a Rx there would be no problem.....If anyone believes that; I have a bridge I want to sell you....

Right! Any med containing Codine is clearly marked as such and covered with warnings! Well, any med obtained legally or by prescription that is.

June 8, 2013  10:33 AM ET

A player can say anything they want about the drug they are being suspended for. The League can never say anything regarding the violation. So, I choose never to believe anything other than it was bad enough to be suspended for.

June 8, 2013  10:37 AM ET
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A player can say anything they want about the drug they are being suspended for. The League can never say anything regarding the violation. So, I choose never to believe anything other than it was bad enough to be suspended for.

Exactly, and if he got a script for it in Feb, why is he still taking it in May ?

June 8, 2013  10:49 AM ET

Sorry, Jolly already tried to use that defense.

June 8, 2013  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Was it purple?

I hate to say it but I bet its the Purple Drank! That stuff started in Texas and its still big around those parts.

June 8, 2013  10:53 AM ET

"Josh Gordon: Cough medicine triggered suspension"...

Should have gone with the Elixir!

June 8, 2013  11:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

"Josh Gordon: Cough medicine triggered suspension"... Should have gone with the Elixir!

Is that what they call that white powder these days?

June 8, 2013  12:03 PM ET

Yeah.. Yeah.. keep going with that excuse

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June 8, 2013  02:25 PM ET

Well then, it looks like Little, Bess and David Nelson will have to step up then.

June 8, 2013  03:41 PM ET

Anyone remember an over-the-counter cough syrup called Silence Is Golden? FDA pulled it when codeine became a controlled substance. It was the only cough medicine that actually worked.

June 9, 2013  04:06 AM ET
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Anyone remember an over-the-counter cough syrup called Silence Is Golden? FDA pulled it when codeine became a controlled substance. It was the only cough medicine that actually worked.

Either the product outlived the codeine ban, or it wasn't codeine to begin with. At any rate, in 1972, it was lemon, honey, and dextromethorphan. You can still buy cough syrups with DXM, sometimes they're behind the counter at the pharmacy though.

June 9, 2013  03:57 PM ET

JaMarcus sold it to him.

 
June 10, 2013  06:19 PM ET

When are ALL sports going to quit making a huge deal out of drugs that do NOT enhance performance. For example, when players get busted for Marijuana use...it isn't going to make them play better or provide them a competitive edge, if anything the opposite. So the league should just fine them at most and keep the suspensions for performance enhancing drugs.

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