Josh Gordon, a WR for the Cleveland Browns is in serious jeopardy of not playing football in 2014. He has repeatedlyOne of the most talented receivers in the NFL is throwing away his career.
failed drug tests throughout college and the NFL and his latest one looks like it could net him a full season suspension. There has been some talk lately that Gordon and his agent might be able to get the suspension reduced so that he could play a few games, but that might be out the window.
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Last Sunday Gordon was stopped for speeding in Strongsville, Ohio. This happens to many people and is not a big deal. The problem is that the car smelled like marijuana smoke and one of the passengers was found to be in possession of marijuana. This is a huge red flag considering it is the same drug that Gordon has repeatedly been penalized for using. With Roger Goodell still waiting to make a ruling on Gordon's case, it seems likely that this incident will only make things worse.
Talent-wise, Gordon is in the stratosphere of the NFL's most elite players. The conversation for best wide receiver in the NFL basically starts and ends with Gordon and Calvin Johnson. The fact that Gordon had a huge year in 2013 is made more impressive by the fact that he played with a revolving door of worse-than-mediocre quarterbacks. There could be a lot of hope for Gordon and the Browns in 2014 after acquiring Johnny Manziel to play quarterback. Unfortunately it looks increasingly likely that Gordon won't be around for the season and the question has to be asked whether or not the Browns will cut ties with the troubled wideout altogether.
This pattern of drug use has plagued Gordon since his college days where he failed three different drug tests. He failed tests twice at Baylor and once at Utah, losing his scholarship to both schools. Gordon's immense talent has led to teams continuing to give him a chance to succeed. This is the reason that the Browns took Gordon in the 2012 Supplemental Draft and they were rewarded for it in the short term. In 2012 Gordon recorded 50 catches for 805 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Hopes were high following his solid rookie season, but Gordon was suspended for the first two games of the 2013Gordon flashes his stellar ability on the field.
season for drug use. Upon returning from suspension, Gordon asserted himself as one of the top offensive threats in the NFL. His gaudy numbers included 1646 receiving yards and 9 touchdown grabs on 87 catches.That brings us to the present, where Gordon faces a likely season long ban and is wearing thin the patience of his supporters. It is looking increasingly like Gordon just doesn't get it, or at least he doesn't care. Either way, a huge amount of talent is being squandered and a fanbase tired of watching losing football is being let down again.