NFL Suspends Josh Gordon for at Least One Year

Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns

NFL Suspends Josh Gordon for at Least One Year

Cleveland Browns front office is severely disappointed with star receiver.

Published February 4, 2015

Josh Gordon has been suspended for at least one full season without pay after violating the NFL's substance abuse policy yet again, the Cleveland Browns announced Tuesday, as reported by ESPN.

The news comes after Gordon failed an NFL-issued substance abuse test, this offense for alcohol, last month. The Browns' front office is tired of having to continue to deal with the embattled star wide receiver's violations.

"As we have conveyed, we are disappointed to once again be at this point with Josh," Browns general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement, as reported by ESPN. "Throughout his career we have tried to assist him in getting support like we would with any member of our organization. Unfortunately our efforts have not resonated with him. It is evident that Josh needs to make some substantial strides to live up to the positive culture we are trying to build this football team upon. 

"Our hope is that this suspension affords Josh the opportunity to gain some clarity in determining what he wants to accomplish moving forward and if he wants a career in the National Football League," Farmer added. "We will have no further comment on Josh as he will not be permitted in our facility for the duration of his suspension."

Gordon, 23, will miss out on the $1 million-plus he was scheduled to earn for the 2015 season. Gordon was already suspended for the first 10 games of the 2014 NFL season after violating the league's substance-abuse policy. He was arrested in July 2014 for driving while impaired and missed the first two games of the 2013 season for also violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Just last week, Gordon penned an open letter to critics such as Charles Barkley, Cris Carter and Stephen A. Smith on the website Medium, declaring, “I am not a drug addict; I am not an alcoholic."

Tuesday's news about Gordon followed Monday's headlines about Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel checking himself into rehab last week, trying to improve himself and his overall lifestyle. Turbulent times for the Browns' organization. 

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Written by BET-Staff


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