The Cleveland Browns got some bad news Saturday morning. Wide receiver Josh Gordon had been arrested for driving while impaired in Raleigh, North Carolina.
There is never a good time or an acceptable reason for driving while impaired, but in the case of Josh Gordon it was even more vexing. After missing time due to a drug suspension last season he still managed to lead the league in receiving yards–and without much talent at quarterback or on the rest of the offense!
With a healthy Brian Hoyer (who only played two games last season before going down with a season ending injury) and rookie Johnny Manziel ready to battle it out for the right to throw Gordon the ball the future actually looks bright for the long suffering Browns fan base. That is, if Gordon doesn’t get suspended for the season for a second drug offense.
You would think that a player who was suspended twice from one team in college(Baylor) and tested positive for another (Utah) before entering the supplemental draft would have learned something, right?
Maybe he has.
Gordon was not pulled over because he was driving all over the road or anything. He was doing 50 miles per hour in a 35 mph area on U.S. 70 West in Raleigh. To put that in to perspective over 112,000 people are ticketed for speeding a day; over 41 million a year. Roughly one in every drivers will get a speeding ticket during the course of a given year.
North Carolina ranks No. 8 in the nation for most speeding tickets in a year.
This is not meant to absolve Gordon in any way, but to put the crime for which he was initially pulled over for in to perspective.
In regards to his DUI–there is no excuse for doing it nor is there an acceptable amount of drinking a person could or should do before getting behind the wheel. For legal purposes–and to put Gordon’s latest arrest in to perspective–the details of his case are worth examining.
According to Raleigh police captain Tommy Klein for a person to be arrested for driving while impaired the must be ‘appreciably impaired.’ Officials have not commented on what tests if were given, but it has been reported by several news outlets that he was tested via a breathalyzer.
Police gave Josh Gordon a breath test and had a .09 alcohol concentration – that’s higher than legal limit of .08
— Justin Quesinberry (@JustinQberry) July 5, 2014
The legal limit in North Carolina is .08. Gordon did admit to having three drinks during the night.
When the news broke that he had been arrested popular opinion was quick to condemn Gordon because of his checkered past. While the facts of this case are still playing out there is reason to believe that he could very well be innocent in this case. His lawyer will argue calibration error and/or that breathalyzers are estimations. The argument is not uncommon either.
It would not be surprising to see the charge dismissed or plead down to reckless driving.
Does this absolve him of blame? Of course not, but it does mean that society should wait to hear all the facts before passing judgement.[ESPN]