Josh Gordon set to apply for reinstatement, again

Josh Gordon

Perhaps you’ve read this once or twice or seven times before, but suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon plans to apply for reinstatement, ESPN reported Wednesday.

Gordon was conditionally reinstated in time to participate in training camp with the Browns last season, and part of that deal was a suspension for the first four games of 2016. Before he could be activated, though, he entered a rehab facility and remained under indefinite suspension.

Gordon’s business manager, Michael Johnson, told ESPN that “Josh is living with me and is in the best place mentally that he has been in dating back years before entering the NFL. He has taken the proper steps to treat his issues and has followed a very strict protocol that the league and our team here has laid out for him.

“He’s also in the best shape of his life and feels even better than he did when he had his breakout year in 2013. This will be a special year for Josh and we are all very proud of the way he has taken the necessary steps to turn his life around.”

Gordon has been posting workout pictures and videos to his social media accounts. Those making the decision at the NFL, though, won’t be interested in that. Gordon is a multiple-time offender and would have to prove to the NFL that he can stay clean.

He’s served some sort of suspension in each of the last four seasons. A drug policy change made him eligible to play the final six games of 2014, and he was suspended for all of 2015. He led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards in 2013 despite missing the first two games due to a suspension that was cut down by appeal from four games. The Browns still hold the rights to Gordon, who turns 26 in April, but nothing thus far has changed regarding his indefinite suspension.

An NFL spokesman told Wednesday that the league had no comment on Gordon’s latest reinstatement bid.

41 responses to “Josh Gordon set to apply for reinstatement, again

  1. Even as a Steelers fan, I hope that Gordon has figured things out and somehow makes it back to being the player he once was. He’s an exciting and dynamic talent. I’ll believe it when I see it, though.

  2. Gordon: I am ready to play!

    Team’s GM: You live with your manager, isn’t that like he is your baby sitter? Why would I give you money if you can not even live on your own without supervision?

    Gordon: I am ready to play!

    Team’s GM: ……

  3. “He’s ready, he’s in the best shape of his life, he’s doing all the right things, he’s taken all the right steps, blah blah…”

    Heard it all before. There is no denying Gordon is an amazing talent but at some point it’s time to quit talking about the labor and show everyone the baby and behaving while under the equivalent of house arrest isn’t the way to do it.

  4. He’s played a handful of games in 4 years. Who even knows if he can play anymore because waking up old in the NFL is a very real thing. For instance, he was hurt all through training camp last year when he did come back with nagging injuries, and I think that was the case as well the last time he regularly played under Pettine. If the Browns can get some tube socks, let alone a pick, they need to do a deal. Otherwise, cut him.

  5. Sashi brown you’d be have a better reputation too us browns fans if u can keep/get Gordon & Pryor this offseason as well add more younger and talented free agents and draft picks

  6. Hey Gordon, nice job making everyone think you would be coming back last year, only to go to rehab the week of. I’m a browns fan, and personally, I don’t want you on the team I root for.

  7. 15 replies and no one has cried about Goodell or lectured about how pot should be legal yet. Things are looking up.

  8. Obviously he’s going to have play on a near minimum contract.

    Wouldn’t mind seeing him in KC. Reid is known for taking chances on players if they seem to have learned from mistakes. I mean he did a good job with Vick after prison.

  9. Browns will send the number 12 pick, our 3rd round pick and the rights of Gordon to NE for Jimmy G. Brady and Gordon would be dangerous and Hoodie will keep Josh in line.

  10. Tom Brady can make anyone into a pro-bowl WR. Can you imagine if he had someone with Gordon’s skills?!

    I think BB could find a couple of “bodyguards” to keep Gordon clean.


  11. Fun fact:

    There was a four game span in the 2013 season where Josh gordon had 750 recieving yards.

    Let that sink in.

    750. in 4 games.

    Averaged out over the course of a season, thats 3,000 receiving yards.


    I hope he gets his act together purely for the sake of the entertainment he brings to the game.

  12. I hope he stays clean long enough to get reinstated. Not because I care about him, or want to see him get a second (or third or fourth) chance and be a better role model for America’s youth. He’s an adult- his personal life is none of my concern.

    I just want to see the best players play. I want acrobatic athletes like Gordon on the field creating excitement. I don’t understand all of this hysterical moralizing people do that allows them to be OK with a player like Gordon being kept off the field because he likes to get high. And I certainly can’t comprehend for the life of me why the league is so obsessed with spending millions of dollars on a program designed to get great players out of the league because they use recreational drugs.

    I know, I know- it’s illegal. So is speeding. The difference is speeding is illegal in every state, marijuana is only illegal in most, and alcohol is illegal in none.

    Suspend players that get arrested. Otherwise, stay out of it. These guys aren’t doing brain surgery, and your sport would be more exciting if they were playing.

  13. DawgPound83 says:
    Mar 1, 2017 11:20 AM
    Id rather have Joe Mixon on the Browns than this fool. Adios tradebait.

    Of course- who wouldn’t prefer having a player on their team who caved in a girl’s face with their fist over a guy who likes weed a little too much?

    Stay classy, Dawg.

  14. As a fellow human being, I’d like to see him get a chance and succeed. As a GM, given his history of failed chances, I’m afraid I’d either be wasting money or waiting for him to regress and let my team down at some point.

  15. He’s like the boy who cried wolf. He said he had his life straightened out last year before mysteriously entering rehab (undboubtedly because he was going to fail a drug test). He has dug a big hole for himself and I’m not sure he can ever get out of it.

    I hope he turns his life around but at this point, can anyone really trust him? Any contract he gets will be on a game-by-game basis. He won’t get any guaranteed money. He won’t get any bonus. He’ll probably only get bonuses for being on the game day roster and performance bonuses. That way if/when he fails another drug test, the team who signs him will be out nothing. Still, thinking this guy can stay clean is like expecting a politician to keep his campaign promises.

  16. “If pot is not addictive, why is there rehab for it?”

    Its not physically addictive like opioids.

    Many people can however become mentally addicted to almost anything. Gambling is one example. Weed can be another. There are many.

  17. “He’s like the boy who cried wolf. ”

    Because he’s been complaining about a problem that didn’t actually exist?

  18. I think being in the NFL is contributing to the problem and if he really wants to get well, that will mean not coming back.

  19. Josh Gordon is still only 25 years old. That astounds me. It feels like he’s been suspended in one way or another for the last decade, at least. It would be a great story if he actually got his act together and became the great football talent that he’s capable of being. However, the odds are against him. He seems to struggle with demons that always seem to rise to the surface and derail his life. I wish him the best, but I don’t think I’d take a chance on him if I were a GM. There’s just too much baggage that comes with Mr. Gordon.

  20. The fact that this rare talent has missed so many seasons because of draconian marijuana restrictions is a bona fide football tragedy. It makes me truly sad that he cannot express his talents, and we cannot enjoy them. (And I say that knowing full well that he made immature decisions leading to, and in, the program.)

  21. rowdymon says:
    Mar 1, 2017 12:02 PM
    Browns will send the number 12 pick, our 3rd round pick and the rights of Gordon to NE for Jimmy G. Brady and Gordon would be dangerous and Hoodie will keep Josh in line.


    Yes absolutely! The hoodie can do it all. Just look at the amazing job he did Keeping Aaron Hernandez in line

  22. weepingjebus says:
    Mar 1, 2017 11:48 AM

    If pot is not addictive, why is there rehab for it?


    Same reason there is a Gambler’s Anonymous smart guy. Just because form a habit doesn’t mean your body is physically dependent upon it.

  23. Cleveland owns the rights to Gordon for two more years. I can’t see them releasing him as he is still playing under his rookie contract (a second round pick) and isn’t really costing the team anything. I hope he gets his life turned around. He has the talent to be one of the greatest WRs ever if he can resolve his demons.

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