Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was denied reinstatement into the National Football League according to Tom Pelissero of USA Today.
He will be allowed to reapply for reinstatement in 90 days which would be in early-mid August, in the middle of training camp/preseason.
Gordon applied for reinstatement on March 1st and had been waiting for word from the NFL on their decision.
He was once again on indefinite suspension by the league last fall when just before he was set to return from a four game suspension, he entered a treatment facility.
Like I wrote when the news came out that Gordon was applying for reinstatement, I wasn’t getting my hopes up for his return. I think while Gordon is a force on the football field, he has a lot of things going on off the field that he needs to get straighten out before thinking about his football career.
I also don’t think he’ll ever play for the Cleveland Browns again. Hue Jackson made it clear that the organization was moving on from Gordon last fall when he decided to enter treatment and I still believe that’s the case going forward.
The team may still hold his rights but there’s no reason to cut him now as they don’t have to pay him. Once if he’s ever reinstated, I’m sure the team will ever try to trade him or release him.
It’s obvious he has a problem with substances, both marijuana and alcohol which has cost him a potential Hall of Fame career. Not to mention he’s had two paternity suits filed against him in the last calendar year.
I wish Josh Gordon nothing but the best going forward but it’s time he grows up and get his personal life together before thinking about his professional life.
He’s still only 26 years old and can make an impact in football like he did his first two seasons in the NFL.
For those that have forgotten about Gordon’s talent:
- 2012 season: 50 catches for 805 yards and five touchdowns in 16 games (13 starts)
- 2013 season: 87 catches for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in 14 games (14 starts). First-Team All-Pro, Pro Bowl, 16th ranked player in Top 100 players of 2014.
But also don’t forget about his off the field issues
- College time at Baylor: two suspensions for marijuana
- 2013 offseason: suspended first two games of 2013 season for failed drug test
- 2014 offseason: arrested for DWI, suspended for 2014 season for failed drug test (reduced to 10 games), suspended for season finale for violating team rules
- 2015 offseason: suspended for entire 2015 season for failed drug test
- 2016 offseason: reinstated by NFL but suspended four games for failed drug test in March of 2016
- 2016 season: enters treatment facility just prior to coming off suspension, goes on indefinite suspension
- 2017 offseason: Denied reinstatement by NFL, may reapply in the fall