Stranger things have happened
First, it was the Browns drafting Johnny Manziel in early May.
Then LeBron James decided earlier this month he had been away long enough and chose to return home and rejoin the Cavaliers.
Cleveland, the city where bad luck seems to have taken up permanent residence, is on an extremely positive sports roll as improbable as that seems.
With that in mind, the belief in that roll could be furthered if the National Football League determines Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will not be suspended indefinitely for violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.
That’s a big if, of course, but the way the Cleveland sports scene has been kissed recently by good fortune, anything is possible.
Gordon and his agent have hired two prominent attorneys to plead his case to the NFL. Where the league lands depends on whether those barristers can find flaws in either the administration of – or subsequent conclusions to – his drug tests.
If you believe in karma (and Cleveland sports seem to have it at least for the time being), don’t rule out the distinct possibility, as opposed to the distinct probability, that Gordon’s punishment will be at least reduced if not tossed.
How deaf, dumb and blind the league is in this matter will be the determining factor. In light of the embarrassing length of the Ray Rice suspension – talk about sending the wrong message – for slugging his then-fiancée and now wife, this one can go either way.
Coming so closely on the heels of the Rice verdict just might have an effect on how the league falls in the Gordon matter. The PR fallout in the Rice suspension has the league in scrambling and defense mode.
If Gordon comes out of this relatively clean and plays at least half the 2014 season, that previously mentioned Cleveland roll gains new momentum. At that point, it’s anyone’s guess where that will lead.