How many chances can you get before that’s your last shot? Well that is where Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordan has found himself. He has reportedly failed another NFL issued drug test. I understand that we all make mistakes but this is not a mistake, this is an addiction that has followed Josh Gordan. To the average person we don’t understand how a person who seems to have it all won’t stop using drugs and alcohol. But know for Josh Gordan, his troubles began before he even left the University of Baylor. As a sophomore in 2010 he was found asleep at a Taco Bell restaurant with teammate Willie Jefferson. Police searched the vehicle and marijuana was found, and Josh was suspended. In 2011 Josh was suspended indefinitely for failing another drug test for marijuana. Gordon later told the Houston Chronicle: “It was against school policy, of course, and I was [suspended] in the summer. I’ve definitely put that part of my life behind me. I don’t plan to ever go back there. It was a difficult time, but I learned from it, and I’ve moved on.”
He entered the NFL in the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft being drafted in the second round by the Cleveland Browns. After this situation at Baylor and running the risk of not being in the NFL, most people would have stopped and focused on their future. But not a person with a addiction. During the 2013 season Josh was suspened for the first two games of the season for violation of the NFL substance abuse policy. In July of 2014 Josh was arrested in Raleigh, North Carolina for DWI. Once again this was not the lowest part of Josh Gordon’s career. The very next month he informed us all that he had been suspened for the 2014 NFL Season for also violation of the NFL Drug policy. He was reinstated after only 10 games. “I see myself in a Cleveland Browns uniform, and a return for Josh Gordon,” he told OnDeckEr.com last September. “Hopefully this time, the biggest and the best I’ve ever been. Really looking forward to giving the people what they deserve, not letting anyone down, myself included. And exceeding their expectations.”But now this! Another violation of the leagues substance abuse policy, this time for alcohol. But after so many chances, it could have been cough sryup we are tired of his abuse. The Cleveland Browns organization releashed a statement about Josh Gordan. “Clearly we are very disappointed to hear the latest report regarding Josh,” a Browns team spokesperson said. “At this point, due to the confidential nature of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, we have not been made aware by the league of a failed test. We are in the process of gathering more information and will provide further comment at the appropriate time.”
Josh Gordon has a problem. If the Cleveland Browns really love their players, something has to be done now! I would hate for the Browns to turn their back on Josh, but what can you really do to help a person that doesn’t want help? We all know he is a great young athlete, and with time the future can still be bright. Remember Ricky Williams had problems with drugs and he received numerous shots to play after reinstatement. Josh need to walk away from the game and work on his life. He is only 23 years old, so he still has time. But it wont matter if Josh doesn’t think he has a problem. Let’s hope he has gets it right.