Reinstatement timeline for Josh Gordon still murky

Reinstatement timeline for Josh Gordon still murky

PHOENIX – While the Patriots cast about for wide receiver help in advance of the 2019 season, it’s become easy to overlook the fact that Josh Gordon remains on the team.
 
And that can be excused because he’s on the reserve/suspended list since his December bouncing for violations of the substance abuse policy.
 
Nobody knows for sure when or if Gordon will play in the NFL again so counting him as part of the 2019 Patriots would be premature.
 
I asked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday what the timetable might be for Gordon’s case to be reviewed.
 
"The first thing right now is to focus on Josh himself as a young man and what he needs to do to get his life on the right track,” said Goodell. “That's what our focus is. We have resources, we're supporting that, and that's our hope -- to make sure he gets on the right track.
 
“Once he gets on the right track, we'll get to that place,” he added. “I think right now, he's had a complete focus on 'I've gotta get myself off the field, in the right place before I can get back on the field.' “
 
Since his suspension, Gordon has remained in the Patriots loop at least on social media. The details of how the NFL will review his case and when are murky at this point though.
 
Asked how the NFL will go about measuring Gordon’s progress, Goodell said, "Some of that, as you can well imagine, from a privacy standpoint is between patient and those who are working with him, so we don't have access to all of that information. But we will get updates from our experts at some point of where he is in the process of rehabilitation and making sure he's in a better position."

Gordon’s current suspension is “indefinite.” Whether there would be an additional defined term issued (example, an eight-game suspension on top of the five games he missed at the end of the Patriots 2018 season) is not known.

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Rob Gronkowski makes appearance at WWE charity event

Rob Gronkowski makes appearance at WWE charity event

It doesn't look like Rob Gronkowski-to-the-WWE rumors are going to die down any time soon.

The recently retired Patriots tight end made an appearance at a WWE charity event on Tuesday night. The occasion was US-Metro DC's 37th Annual Awards Dinner.

Gronk was pictured alongside WWE stars Mojo Rawley, Braun Strowman, and Mickie James.

Rawley, a friend of Gronkowski's, said Monday in an interview with TMZ Sports that "at some point" we can expect to see Gronk inside a WWE ring. The photo above certainly seems to point toward Rawley being correct.

It wouldn't be Gronk's first time inside a WWE ring. He joined Rawley at WrestleMania 33 in 2017.

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Roger Goodell on Robert Kraft: 'Personal conduct policy applies to everybody'

Roger Goodell on Robert Kraft: 'Personal conduct policy applies to everybody'

PHOENIX -- The NFL is going to wait and see on Robert Kraft.

Roger Goodell fielded questions on a variety of topics Tuesday at the close of the league's Annual Meeting at the Biltmore Arizona, including a handful pertaining to the Patriots chairman and CEO.

Goodell, who was spotted with Kraft on multiple occasions between meetings this week, explained that the commissioner's office would be withholding any judgement — and any punishment — until "all the facts" had been gathered.

In broaching the subject with Goodell, the Boston Globe's Ben Volin pointed out that the commissioner has suspended players — Kansas City's Kareem Hunt and Dallas' Ezekiel Elliott, in particular — who have not been charged with crimes based on the league's collectively-bargained personal conduct policy.

Because Kraft has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting a prostitute, Volin asked, does the precedent Goodell has set mean Kraft will be suspended as well?

"The Personal Conduct Policy applies to everybody," Goodell answered. "Commissioners, owners, executives, players, coaches. And it will be applied to everybody. But it will be done after we get all the facts. When we have all the information, we'll be fair and smart about it. That's what we'll do."

Earlier in the day on Tuesday, Kraft waived an arraignment scheduled for Thursday and entered a not guilty plea. He also requested a jury trial after having requested a non-jury trial late last month.

Kraft categorically denied that he had done anything illegal on the day charges were brought against him. Police claim they have captured Kraft on video twice paying attendants at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa massage parlor for sex acts in January.

Earlier this month, Kraft did not accept a plea offer made by the prosecution that would have required from him an admission that he would have been found guilty at trial.

Goodell was asked if gathering "all the facts" meant that he would hold off on a determination on discipline until Kraft's case is resolved.

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"No," Goodell said. "When we get all the facts. That includes anything that might be pertinent to this."

Goodell added: "When we get all the information, we'll make determinations. I'm not going to speculate on where we are or my views on anything. Until we get all the information, we're not going to make any discussions or comments on that."

Goodell was definitive in his response to the final Kraft-related question lobbed his way. Will it be ownership or the commissioner who determines the discipline in this case, if there is to be any discipline meted out?

"The Personal Conduct Policy is my responsibility," Goodell said.

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