According to Rotoworld, no drug suspension appeal case has ever been won by a player due to “second-hand” smoke excuse. Browns WR Josh Gordon is reportedly appealing with this stance. From ESPN: “A cornerstone of both of our drug testing programs has always been that you are responsible for what is in your body,” Greg Aiello, NFL senior vice president of communications, said via email Tuesday. “It is stated that way in the policies.”
SMITTY: The threshold limit for illegal substances is there for a reason, so regardless of how, Josh Gordon exceeded the threshold. Even if this was a case of second-hand smoke affecting Gordon’s test, he knew the rules and should have stayed far away from any situation that could have landed him back in a position of getting suspended. While anything can happen, and other arguments/facts could surface, expecting anything less than a 16-game suspension could lead to disappointment. We should know more in days. While you wait, check out our Week 1 Line-Up Rankings.