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The image of the NFL keeps taking hits as the league struggles to keep its finest athletes in check. While the domestic violence and child abuse situations have become the main headlines in the NFL, the players who struggle to follow the rules of the NFL’s drug policy have taken a backseat to the drama.
One player in particular who has tried to stay out of trouble and out of the spotlight has once again found himself that predicament.
According to ESPN.com, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, has pleaded guilty to a DWI charge in Raleigh, North Carolina on Tuesday morning.
The charge against Gordon has been pending since July.
By pleading guilty to the charge Gordon accepted 12 months’ unsupervised probation, a $100 fine and $290 in court costs instead of a 60-day suspended jail sentence. He also had his driver’s license suspended.
With the guilty plea, Gordon is also looking to avoid a two game suspension. That is one of the new rules that would be enacted when the NFL and NFLPA formalize a new drug policy, something that could happen any day.
Gordon’s recent season-long suspension for a failed drug test is likely to be reduced to 10 once the NFL’s new drug policy is finalized. If the two-game suspension is added to his initial 10-game suspension, Gordon will miss 12 out of the Browns’ 16 regular season games this season.