The Fantasy Implications of Melvin Gordon's DUI Case

Examining the legal issues around Melvin Gordon's recent arrest to see what fantasy managers can expect about a suspension


It looks like Melvin Gordon III stands to miss some games due to his recent brush with the law in his DUI case. The NFL’s substance abuse policy allows them to suspend Gordon for three games for this violation if he is found to have committed the offense. There is a good chance Gordon can handle the case short of conviction, or that it can be delayed past the end of the season, but it is likely the team will discipline him even if the league does not. For now, there is not much that can be done with Gordon because his value takes a hit because of the pending charge and it makes him a poor trade target. Expect the team to take action by suspending Gordon for a game or two, but any league-imposed sanctions will depend on the date the DUI case is resolved. Hold Gordon and ride out the short term uncertainty.



Gordon was arrested late Tuesday night for violation of the Colorado laws against Driving Under the Influence (DUI). Colorado has a less serious charge of Driving While Ability Impaired, so it is worth noting he was charged with the DUI because police believe his Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) was over the .08% legal limit.

He is also charged with excessive speed (71 m.p.h in a 35 m.p.h. zone), which adds a jailable offense to the charges and, if accurate, constitutes strong probable cause for the stop of the vehicle. This also exacerbates his situation under the NFL’s Substance Abuse Policy guidelines as explained below.

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