Patriots Wide Receiver Josh Gordon Suspended Indefinitely by NFL for Violating Terms of His Conditional Reinstatement
Picture: AP Photo/Elise Amendola
On Thursday morning, New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon took to Twitter to announce that he will be stepping away from football in order to, “focus on [his] mental health.”
— Flash Gordon (@JOSH_GORDONXII) December 20, 2018
Approximately 10 minutes after Gordon posted the preceding tweet, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that the pass catcher, “is facing another indefinite suspension for violating terms of his reinstatement under the substance abuse policy.”
#Patriots WR Josh Gordon is facing another indefinite suspension for violating terms of his reinstatement under the substance abuse policy, per source. He announced today he’s stepping away to address his mental health.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 20, 2018
Then, later on in the afternoon, ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed that Gordon had indeed been placed on the the Reserve/Commissioner Suspended list indefinitely.
Effective today, Josh Gordon has been returned to the Reserve/Commissioner Suspended list indefinitely for violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement under the Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 20, 2018
The New England Patriots’ official Twitter account made the following statement in regards to the matter:
Statement from the New England Patriots on Josh Gordon: pic.twitter.com/tXmXrXVrJL
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) December 20, 2018
Gordon, 27, was acquired by the Patriots from the Cleveland Browns in September, and led the team in receiving with 737 yards on 41 receptions to go along with four touchdowns on the season.
Drafted in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Houston native had already been suspended four times in his six-year tenure with Cleveland before being shipped off to New England for a fifth round pick three months ago.
When this move was made two games into the 2018 season, it was clear that there was plenty of risk involved.
Bill Belichick was looking to upgrade his receiving corps with Tom Brady’s top target Julian Edelman still out another two contests due to his own suspension. So, he went out and nabbed one of, if not the best available wide out on the trade market in Josh Gordon.
The results were undoubtedly there 12 games into his Patriots career, but ultimately, mental health is bigger than football and Gordon has every right to make that his first priority.
Clearly, this is an issue the former Baylor Bear has been dealing with since his college days. He’s gone on record several times to detail his struggles with addiction and substance abuse in the past.
It’s a sad situation all around, really. Even if he never steps foot on an NFL field again, it would be encouraging to see Gordon get whatever help he feels he needs.