NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has made his ruling and the league has decided to uphold its one-year suspension of Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon for his latest violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy, sources told USA Today Sports on Wednesday.
Gordon's latest violation came last month, when him being pulled over for speeding resulted in a DWI. The Browns were firmly expecting a severe punishment for their star receiver, but the news of it still marks a significant blow to their 2014 outlook, considering Gordon led the league with 1,646 receiving yards last season.
"I'd like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans. I am very disappointed that the NFL and its hearing office didn't exercise better discretion and judgment in my case," Gordon said via a statement through the NFL's Player's Association, as reported by USA Today. "I would like to sincerely thank the people who have been incredibly supportive of me during this challenging time, including my family, my agent, my union, my legal team, and the Cleveland Browns staff."
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