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Josh Gordon Suspension Causes Outrage in Erie

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The NFL has upheld star wide receiver Josh Gordon's year-long suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.  It's a decision that's stirring a lot of controversy.

Just last month, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice received a two-game suspension for assaulting his then-fiancé.  But now, many fans are comparing these two suspensions.

"I think it's absolutely ridiculous that Ray Rice can beat his wife, but someone is going to get in trouble for smoking some marijuana,” said Josh Buck of Erie.  “What year do we live in again?  It's 2014.  Give me a break."

"It's a sad thing that pro players, do the stupid things that they do,” said Cleveland Browns fan David Case.  “The money that they make, they should start to think and not be so stupid."

I spoke with football players at Central Tech High School to get their take on the situation.

"I'm disappointed because Ray Rice was involved in a domestic assault case and he only got a very lenient ban for two games without pay,” said Central Tech running back Eric Mitchell.  “Something that is legal in other states, with Josh Gordon smoking marijuana, he got a full year suspension."

“That's definitely going to hurt the team,” said Central Tech right tackle Alexander Dawson.  “Ray Rice, he should have got it worse than Josh Gordon did."

Gordon was also suspended two games last season, for a drug violation.

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