Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden said he and teammates that accompanied wide receiver Josh Gordon on a January flight to Las Vegas did not realize Gordon's alcohol consumption violated the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Gordon was given a minimum one-year suspension in February for violating the policy after testing positive for alcohol. He was being tested as a result of being arrested for DWI last July, and his punishment stipulated that he couldn't consume alcohol.
Gordon said at the time that he was under the impression that the alcohol ban ended at the conclusion of the Browns' season. Haden said on Tuesday that he didn't know that Gordon wasn't allowed to consume alcohol.
"We had no idea he couldn't drink," Haden said, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer.
Haden also said that Gordon wants to return to the NFL.
Gordon was suspended for the first ten games last season after testing positive for marijuana in the off-season, and he was suspended for the team's season finale in 2014 after missing a walk-through practice.
Gordon, who has played three years in the NFL, caught 24 passes for 303 yards in five games last season. In 2013, he caught 87 passes for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.
- Stanley Kay