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Junkie Josh Gordon Suspended Again

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Another day, another negative story to be written about the National Football League, which was once the crown jewel of the sports world and has – in a few short years – become a circus without a tent on and off the field. One of the headlining clowns has been Josh Gordon, better known for his drug use and subsequent suspensions than for corralling the pigskin on the gridiron. The wide receiver, who was recently picked up off the waiver wire by the Seattle Seahawks, was suspended indefinitely by the league that will never be mistaken for a zero tolerance policy on anything due to “violating the NFL’s policies on performance-enhancing substances and substances of abuse.”

So it appears that Gordon was double dipping by trying to make up for his marijuana smoking with some type of PED, basically showing that he hasn’t a care in the world for what he puts into his body and if doing so will cost him his livelihood. For those keeping score, this is Gordon’s sixth suspension since 2013… but his first for juicing.

Why any organization would continue to give a person as many chances as Gordon has had is confusing. He has been nothing short of a strung-out junkie constantly getting caught – even when he knows he is going to continuously be drug tested – smoking marijuana – which is not physically addictive and just something that he chooses to use, obviously caring more about the results of it than a well-paying career as a professional athlete.

None of this is surprising, as Gordon has been a total piece of shit going all the way back to 2011 while he attended the University of Baylor. He was suspended twice, failed a drug test for marijuana and eventually transferred out but had to sit out the entire 2011 season. Even with all of these red flags, the Cleveland Browns – who are notorious for bringing in players with baggage – spent a 2012 second round Supplemental Draft pick on Gordon and made him a millionaire.

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Even a productive rookie campaign could not be enjoyed because Gordon failed a drug test for marijuana and was suspended for the first two games of the following season (Strike One). To his credit, he came back and played exceptionally well, earning Pro Bowl honors. But, of course, his enjoyment was short-lived, as Gordon was arrested in July 2014 for driving while impaired (Strike Two) and he was suspended by the NFL for the season for violating the substance-abuse policy.

Lo and behold, the NFL announced a new drug policy and Gordon’s suspension was lowered to 10 games. But being who he is, Gordon stepped on his dick yet again by “violating team rules” and was suspended for the final game (Strike Three). In the offseason, he pled guilty to the DWI charge and the NFL suspended him for the entire upcoming 2015 season for the usual violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy (Strike Four) and had to enter its substance abuse program – but was told that he could not drink alcohol whilst attending.

After waiting the year out, Gordon applied to the NFL for reinstatement but it was denied because, yet again, he had failed another drug test (Strike Five). But for some reason, the NFL had a change of heart and let Gordon back in July 2016, where he could participate in training camp but would have to sit out the first four regular season games. He didn’t even make it that far by leaving the team to once again attend rehab, stating the following in a press release: “After careful thought and deep consideration I’ve decided that I need to step away from pursuing my return to the Browns and my football career to enter an in-patient rehabilitation facility. This is the right decision for me and one that I hope will enable me to gain full control of my life and continue on a path to reach my full potential as a person. I appreciate the support of the NFL, NFLPA, the Browns, my teammates, my agent and the community through this extremely challenging process.” (Strike Six.)

After applying and getting denied, Gordon was finally given the green light by the NFL to return to the Browns in Week 13 of the 2017 season. Fast forward to Week 2 of the following season and the Browns finally pulled the plug on this disaster, but being the Browns, it, too, came under a cloud of suspicion. The on-paper reason for agreeing to part ways the mercurial wideout was that he “violated the team’s trust.” Did he ever have it with his behavior? Regardless, the reasons speculated spanned from lateness to practice to injuring his hamstring while shooting a promotional video for his own clothing line to struggling to stay sober. (Strike Seven.)

Bill Belichick came to the rescue by trading for Gordon, who showed flashes of what he could have been and even was on the receiving end of Tom Brady’s 500th career touchdown pass. But, alas, this is Josh Gordon we’re talking about and on December 20, 2018, he announced that he was stepping away from football to “focus on (his) mental health.” In doing such, he was violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement and faced further suspension. (Strike Eight.)

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, whose legacy will be the ruination of America’s Game, made yet another mistake by reinstating Gordon in August 2019. By October, the New England Patriots put Gordon on injured reserve with a “knee injury” and waived him. The Seahawks must have thought that they could finally right the Gordon ship and he played sparingly until this latest transgression (Strike Nine).

Another team such as the Oakland Raiders or New York Jets (who are infamous for bringing in behavioral issue-laden players) will sign him for a song once his suspension in shortened by the cuck Goodell. And then we will have yet another opportunity to write abc article of this nature and complete it with Strike 10.

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