No matter how much talent receiver Josh Gordon has, it must be becoming harder and harder for the Browns to have patience with him off the field.
Gordon, facing a year-long suspension for violating the NFL's drug policy, was reportedly arrested in North Carolina for driving while impaired. Matt Anderson of WKYC in Cleveland first reported that Gordon was arrested in Raleigh, N.C. He was booked at 4 a.m. on Saturday morning, WKYC said. He was processed and released on bond.
All-Pro talent means quite little to NFL teams if the player can't stay on the field. And Gordon has shown no signs that he wants to turn his life around and be a professional.
Gordon, whose college career flamed out at Baylor and Utah due to multiple failed drug tests, missed the first two games of last season for a violation of the substance abuse policy. Then when he got on the field he had one of the great seasons for a NFL receiver, with 87 catches, 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in just 14 games despite the Browns having a ton of injuries at quarterback. He was named first-team All-Pro.
News of his possible one-year suspension broke the week of the NFL draft. The Cleveland Plain Dealer and Pro Football Talk said his appeal would be in late July, and had some ominous comments from sources that if Gordon was away from the team for a year, his career might be over. Friday's arrest is another reason to believe that might be true.
Now the Browns have to make a tough call. Gordon has world-class talent, but him getting in trouble again just before his appeal, is downright unbelievable. It wouldn't be a huge surprise if the Browns cut him after this. At this point, it's sad to see Gordon willfully wasting a promising career.
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