Suspended NFL Star Josh Gordon Finds Gig at Car Dealership, Apparently

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Josh Gordon, car salesman?
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Josh Gordon, a star wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, is suspended for the entire 2014 NFL season after he tested positive for marijuana, at least his third violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy.

But he’s apparently found a new gig for his forced year away from the game: working at a local auto dealership.

Gordon will begin this weekend at Sarchione Auto Group, in the Cleveland area, according to an ESPN report, spearheading the company’s community efforts and working as a showroom salesman.

A Sarchione Auto Group spokesperson told Mashable on Thursday morning that “we’re actually not commenting on that right now,” but that it would be reasonable to expect more information soon.

Gordon can’t practice with the Browns, attend any official team meetings or events, or have contact with coaches while suspended. He has 14 touchdown catches in 30 career games and is considered one of the NFL’s best players at his position. His season-long suspension also means he misses out on his 2014 salary of $1.3 million.

Needless to say, buying a car from Gordon would be quite a hoot for many Browns fans in the market for new wheels.

“We know that you have high expectations, and as a car dealer we enjoy the challenge of meeting and exceeding those standards each and every time,” says the Sarchione Auto Group website. “Allow us to demonstrate our commitment to excellence!”

Gordon’s year-long suspension has been a source of much controversy among NFL observers. Even as a repeat offender of the league’s substance-abuse policy, many see the fact that a positive test for marijuana can lead to a full-season ban as arcane and overly harsh. Coupled with Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice‘s piddling two-game ban for domestic abuse, Gordon’s suspension has been a catalyst for widespread outrage directed at NFL brass.

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