Report: Josh Gordon had no “slip ups or failed tests”

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The ominous statement from Browns receiver Josh Gordon has caused many to assume that it’s a precursor to another suspension under the substance-abuse policy. One reporter claims it isn’t.

Adam Schefter of ESPN.com passes this one along, without scrutiny or analysis: “Browns’ WR Josh Gordon did not have any slip ups or failed tests, per sources. His leave is a pro-active, defensive gesture to get extra counseling to try to ensure he does not have any of the setbacks that have marked his past. Those who know him say he has ‘worked his a— off.'” (It’s OK to type “ass,” Schefty. I know you’ve typed worse.)

If this one is accurate, the timing is odd, to say the least. He’s had more than a month since the offseason program ended to take “proactive, defensive” measures to ensure he doesn’t have any setbacks. So he waits until now, with training camp opening, to take these steps? And he’ll miss a week of training camp to complete them?

If I were a betting man (and with legalized gambling coming to West Virginia maybe I soon will be), I’d wager this one isn’t accurate. Apart from the fact that the timing makes no sense, the NFL would have had no reason to say that they’ll address Gordon’s status “at the appropriate time,” if he has had no “slip ups or failed tests.”

Instead, the league would simply say something like this: “Why are you asking questions about Josh Gordon? He’s fully reinstated, and he’s eligible to practice and to play. There’s nothing else to say, especially since anything that we say would violate the confidentiality provision that we never enforce.”

The fact that there’s a “there” there suggests that something is going on. I’ve got a theory/hypothesis/whatever on what it may be. And I’ll explain it in a separate post.

38 responses to “Report: Josh Gordon had no “slip ups or failed tests”

  1. To be fair, Josh might have been doing drugs all these years so he wouldn’t have to play for the Browns.

  2. Passive-aggressive way of letting the team know that he wants more $? That would be ill-advised on his part though.

    Since this is a league that often can’t seem to get out of it’s own way, isn’t it possible that there really is no violation and they simply gave a stupid response?

  3. Both Gordon and Dorsey released carefuly worded statements for public consumption.

    Neither one did anything to dispell the impression he failed a test or had a relapse even though they had to know that’s what it sounded like.

  4. It is the last year of his rookie deal since he missed so many games… it could be seen as a “holdout” masked as a “recovery hiatus”

    They aren’t going to tag him given his history with the suspensions and would be very cautious to sign him long term. I would not be all that surprised if he is traded, but stranger things have happened.

  5. Only most PFT posters. Rest of us understood that it’s part of the process of recovery. Plus he is a vet. No one wants to go to training camp.

  6. Your source obviously does not understand addiction. Start of camp is a stresser. He may need a quick re-enforcement of his sober/straight teachings to help him through. Once an addict always an addict. That’s not harsh, that is a tenet of every 12 step program.

    If he needs a quick refresher to maintain his clean state. He *should* take it.

  7. Other rumors in Cleveland say this is a way to keep him away from the HARD KNOCKS cameras …

  8. The signs were there from the moment Gordon was quoted a month or so ago and proclaimed the Browns as having the “best receivers in the NFL”. That’s when the more humble taking it day by day Josh Gordon left the building.

    HST said it best. “You can turn your back on a person, but never turn your back on a drug, especially when its waving a razor sharp hunting knife in your eye.”

  9. I just hope for him and the Browns that the report is correct and that this is not a case of where these is smoke there is fire.

  10. Poor guy. Addiction must suck. (Btw…I love cake) sooo…I probably can relate although I am not a browns fan but my cowboys let me down and embarrass me often…go boys…sniff. (that’s a tear sniff and not a coke sniff funny guy)

  11. Even sober he can’t show up on time to work with everyone else. No addict is going to recover with everyone coddling him all the time.

    Browns will never win anything until they move past players like this.

  12. Addiction and temptation know no calendar.

    That being said, training camp may be a trigger for him and this planned bye has been scheduled there to alleviate the stress and avoid another fall. Missing the first week of camp seems a small price to pay for his availability for the entire season.

  13. The start of camp coincides with the start of HBO Hard Knocks. In the interest of Gordon, and keeping him out of the limelight, it may be possible that the Browns and him came to this arrangement beforehand. The Browns, no doubt, want the show to focus on the positive aspects of the new regime and player acquisitions and not the lazy, tired but easy narrative of Gordon’s story and all of his previous screw-ups.

  14. Let’s hope he’s just taking a few days to prepare for camp. If it’s a relapse his career is over.

  15. Was it anything on the league’s list of recognizable substances or acts of behavior that could be mistaken for something much worse, or will there be further investigation by the league’s front office to determine what they will eventually and hopefully call it. Sorry I’m just busting balls trying to take some air out of this familiar discussion. He is one of the league’s great talents and I sincerely hope he gets his ass out on the field this year so the team and their long suffering their fans can finally see the right chemistry of very potent play makers that can compliment his undeniably great talent. They will more games than expected this year is my arguably wild guess.

  16. My brother is 24 months sober now. Based on his struggles and relapses, he said it was very likely that Gordon had a breakdown and called his AA sponsor or agent in desperate need of help to stop from relapsing. It’s an extremely emotional journey and it takes a A LOT of inner strength along with help from loved ones to help keep him on the right track. Right now he needs to help himself emotionally before worrying about football.

  17. There is a “Weed Pool” online where you can place bets on who gets busted for weed again soonest, first: Gordon, Martavis Bryant, and Lev Bell.

  18. granadafan says:
    July 23, 2018 at 3:59 pm
    My brother is 24 months sober now. Based on his struggles and relapses, he said it was very likely that Gordon had a breakdown and called his AA sponsor or agent in desperate need of help to stop from relapsing. It’s an extremely emotional journey and it takes a A LOT of inner strength along with help from loved ones to help keep him on the right track. Right now he needs to help himself emotionally before worrying about football.

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    Let’s hope your brother is correct.

  19. Umm, then what is this then? Goodell’s cheating is incredible. It literally comes in numerous shapes and styles.
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    Looks like Kenny Britt received the same designation.

    So perhaps you should tell us…..

  20. Perhaps it isn’t our business, be it fans or reporters, when or where a person receives treatment for addiction. There’s no set time, if you feel a relapse is imminent, get treatment. No one complains when someone has an illness and takes leave for care. Let this man handle his issues without trying to figure out why he’s doing it.

  21. Oh what an age we live in. When a man staying sober is “Big News”. He’s paid his penance, let the man live already!

  22. Shefty is very reliable,I don’t confess to be some big time I know type of guy. But following NFL as much as I do shefty is someone I always see when news breaks and I want confirm it. But on this I not saying he is wrong,I mean who am I to say shefty is wrong,but I gotta lean towards florio I mean what he says makes more sense why would league say at this time if he has done nothing wrong. Plus why leave now I mean I agree he had opportunity.

  23. tylawspick6 says:
    July 23, 2018 at 12:34 pm
    Umm, then what is this then? Goodell’s cheating is incredible. It literally comes in numerous shapes and styles.

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    An article could be about Josh Gordon trying to get peace on earth, and Tylaw would bring up his usual Goodell conspiracy hallucinations

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