Report: Josh Gordon is dealing with “mental health and anxiety” issues

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It’s now starting to make a little more sense, even if in the grand scheme of things it still doesn’t fully compute.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Brown receiver Josh Gordon‘s unexpected absence from the first week of training camp arises from an effort to “seek additional counseling” before the launch of training camp “to deal with his mental health and anxiety.” (No medical records were tweeted in the crafting of that report.) While that definitely makes sense, given that many use alcohol or marijuana to deal with anxiety and that Gordon now can’t, it still doesn’t explain the NFL’s bizarre “[w]e’ll address the matter at the appropriate time” comment on Gordon, which implies that there’s something more going on than Gordon being proactive.

If Gordon is having anxiety on the verge of training camp, it makes plenty of sense. The hype and the expectations have been growing throughout the offseason, both for him and for the team. From camp to the preseason to the regular season, there will surely be plenty of sources of stress for Gordon. Without alcohol or marijuana not options for dealing with the stress of doing his job under a microscope, as millions watch every move he makes and talking heads prepare to pounce at his every misstep or mistake, Gordon will need to know how to handle the various situations that soon will be unfolding all around him.

That still doesn’t explain the NFL’s loaded comment about addressing the matter at the appropriate time. If Gordon has had no slip up or failed test, there’s nothing to address, at the appropriate time or at any time. And that underscores the possibility that the NFL has opted to stop being so aggressive when it comes to suspending players under the substance-abuse policy. Which would be one of the best moves the NFL has made in recent years.

64 responses to “Report: Josh Gordon is dealing with “mental health and anxiety” issues

  1. My guess would be there has been a slip up and everyone involved, Gordon, the Browns, the NFL, are viewing it as anxiety treatment. He’s in a facility for help as well as evidence of his condition. The league may be changing how it deals with these matters but needs to be transparent and have a clear policy.

  2. There are a lot… I mean a LOT of people on anxiety meds. Something that his doctor wants to prescribe that would help with this issue could possibly be on the banned substance list. Men especially will “self medicate” with alcohol or street drugs, and he cannot do that, so it’s quite possible that this *could* be the issue.

    If we cannot speculate on social media, what good is it for? I just hope this man gets the help he needs to be able to function, let alone be a football player.

  3. Why has he just become pro active? He and the club should have been pro active all off season knowing his situation….

  4. It’s simple: HIPPA. Despite other times when the NFL or someone leaks information, I think they are being cautious for fear of getting sued and not being able to get out of that lawsuit.

  5. Weed is known to cause anxiety and panic attacks….. but hey, let’s legalize the stuff….the pot heads all tell us it is harmless

  6. Maybe “At the appropriate time” means the possibility of allowing medical marijuana, at the appropriate time.

  7. Indica strains of marijuana calm the mind from anxiety, it works like magic for me and it also crushes upset stomachs as well. Let the man medicate from a plant and if work place performance was an issue, dude was ballin. Legalize it and be done with it, this is ridiculous.

  8. Josh. If you meditate quietly in the morning and ask the sprits to help you think of others before yourself and how you can be helpful to your teammates, chances are your fear and anxiety will be held in check. Works well if practiced daily

  9. It would be a smart move for the league to back off…on the other hand…

    Congrats on wasting half of this young man’s career while turning a blind eye to juiced up freaks prolonging their careers. You probably did Gordon a favor tbh.

    I’m sure in the next 20 years we’ll be shaking our heads at Josh Gordon sitting on a beach blowing blunts, as opposed to _______ _________ slurring words in a wheelchair.

  10. Here’s my guess: Josh does have anxiety issues, but it wasn’t just training camp in general that was pushing him over the edge… it was the thought of being under the microscope of the Hard Knocks cameras. So the Browns created a way for him to not be at camp while they were filming. And the matter that the league still needs to address is whether the Browns broke any rules by helping a player dodge Hard Knocks.

  11. We can’t do that. Then people would just grow their own anti depressants and anti anxiety medicine in their own back yards. We’d lose literal billions. -Big Pharma.

  12. I feel for the guy. I can’t imagine living under that ugly Cleveland/NFL microscope, and having to deal with the mental pressure thrust on a person with pressure issues.
    Good luck josh. Don’t read the papers and don’t watch the news.. just play football.

  13. Maybe the NFL feels it shouldn’t comment on something that it doesn’t have a reasonable amount of information on, or that is personal to an individual and not for public consumption. That would be an nteresting and apparently unique perspective.

  14. Wow, let’s speculate heavily that all is not what it seems.

    What if its exactly as it seems? The kid was fearful about falling back into old habits. The season was getting closer and closer and he felt he could deal with it…now that’s almost here, he realizes he needs help, and is getting it.

    Until we have more FACTS on this, let’s let this play out and let’s buy the story for now and quit being so cynical for once.

    If it turns out to be more, then we crucify whoever lied then.

  15. Without looking at the speculation, I’ll just say this. It takes a humble man to get help for anxiety, as all of us from time to time do suffer from. Instead of making his situation worse by speculation or assumptions, we should either support him or just let him heal.

  16. Why are you insisting that there is something else going on here? The rules are in place already in the collective bargaining and the league can’t and won’t change the outcome of a failed drug test before a new one is agreed upon. If what you’re suggesting happens and they relax their stance on substance abuse for Josh Gordon and others from now on imagine the problems from players who have been suspended in the last year and players who are currently suspended heading into the season. It would be a PR nightmare!!!!

  17. stage fright happens to plenty . stars live in a fishbowl it cant be easy. feel sorry for all the stars who have there personal life out in front on the net these days. that goes for sports , actors, etc.

  18. Maybe the best explanation for the NFL’s reaction is that the NFL never has any idea how to react properly do anything.

  19. Honestly, this is sad. The dude can’t even play in the NFL from day to day without some kind of medicine.

    Simply sad.

    What should be a dream and a delight, can’t be for him.

    Sad waste of talent and the fact is, when he retires/quits soon, he’ll go right back to drugs and likely OD.

  20. The NFL needs to really, really revamp how they handle matters of substance abuse. As this article points out, a lot of guys aren’t doing this stuff recreationally, per se, but are rather self-medicating. The stigma of mental health in masculine professions (such as the military, for example) is no secret. You are told by your peers that you just need to “man up” and your problems will go away. The reality of mental illness is so much more complicated than that.

    I look at guys like Randy Gregory or Josh Gordon who aren’t criminals but are banned from the NFL literally for years. It doesn’t make sense, to me. I think there are ways to get guys like Gregory and Gordon the help they need without banning them from the game basically for not being able to cope with mental illness.

  21. Anxiety is real, I know from personal experience. He should get on a good med like Lexapro. Best of luck to him.

  22. I really hope that NFL, the teams and the players can get effective treatments and support systems in place to allow the players to be successful.

  23. I’ve got an idea, all you so called experts on what this guys is dealing with, just leave the dude alone and let him get the help he needs. If the gas ultimately failed another substance test, then you can pile on. Until then, let him sort thru this tough time. Do you honestly think hard knocks would not be following his every move thru camp? It’s hard enough to beat his addiction, let alone having a camera crew ask about it every single day….

  24. Honestly, this is sad. The dude can’t even play in the NFL from day to day without some kind of medicine.
    ======

    That’s true of a lot of players.

    Harrison.. Edleman.. Ninkovich.. Brandon Spikes..

  25. Hopefully Phizer makes something that can help him get over his drug problem.
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    Hilarious! Millions are addicted to legal, harmful, opiods but a simple, relatively harmless plant gets you jail time. What a world.

  26. This is exactly where the league has it wrong – someone who has issues with substance abuse is trying to better themselves and they may get punished. If he tests positive for weed – he will get the same punishment as if he didn’t try and get help. This is sending the wrong message. They have to get weed off the banned list for many reasons. I hate that it may take the destruction of a very talented career from a guy.

  27. Weed is not harmless… let’s keep it real when you smoke it you get really high and that’s not normal. People just want to keep getting high and have no consequences.

  28. Would not be surprised if the actual reason is to keep the Hard Knocks cameras off of the kid. He would be the most watched player no matter. Now they can focus on the rookie QB.

  29. As long as the adult brain is fully developed (about age 25) and you don’t burn it to use, then yes it’s harmless. Thanks for #hottake though, let’s just pretend weed is bad for no reason lol.

  30. The media speculation the last couple days only adds more anxiety for everyone. Reading these comments range from simply the guy is dealing with issues and the NFL can’t just air them to the public, because it is illegal to conspiracy on a grand scale that the NFL is trying to circumvent its own rules. Then it just becomes a debate on everyone’s own feelings on smoking pot placed on Gordon.

  31. defscottyb says:
    July 24, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Weed is not harmless… let’s keep it real when you smoke it you get really high and that’s not normal. People just want to keep getting high and have no consequences.
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    Umm… it’s pretty normal to get high if you smoke it, man. And what about the people that smoke it as a consequence of having to deal with people like you. Are you not then responsible for any subsequent consequences? Have you ever looked at a dollar bill? I mean really looked?

  32. farewellfaircruelty says:
    July 24, 2018 at 11:01 am
    As long as the adult brain is fully developed (about age 25) and you don’t burn it to use, then yes it’s harmless. Thanks for #hottake though, let’s just pretend weed is bad for no reason lol.

    ———–

    Let me guess. You are a pot head?

  33. Weed is not harmless… let’s keep it real when you smoke it you get really high and that’s not normal.
    ——
    And coffee gets you all jacked up. Sugar is alters our children’s behavior, yet we feed it to them daily.

  34. Gordon has had 3 seasons to get his act together. The Browns need to tell him thnx for the memories and take a hike.

  35. I’m still anxiously waiting for that “major development” that the Head Writer has been teasing for the past 6 weeks. Or is it 7 weeks?

  36. Maybe the NFL just said it will comment when it`s appropriate because it`s not appropriate to discuss personal health issues?Unlike football injuries he has the right to privacy for mental health issues and the NFL has no right to comment until he gives it to them.

  37. mrsir89 says:
    July 24, 2018 at 9:05 am
    NONE OF OUR BUSINESS

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    Well said, I would add, hope he gets the help he needs, seems like this young man is making the effort to turn his life around. Hopefully he has a strong support system in place.

  38. pkrlvr says:
    July 24, 2018 at 11:15 am
    Weed is not harmless… let’s keep it real when you smoke it you get really high and that’s not normal.
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    Compared to the medical benefits of alcohol and tobacco weed is not only harmless but beneficial. I`ve smoked weed for 37 years and havn`t been to doctor once.I played sports in school and rec leagues until my late 30`s.I`ve never had to take any other pain medicine or other drugs.I`ve held a job for 35 years and been the most reliable employee here.I`ve watched people come in hung over or take 10-12 smoke breaks and get nothing done while my high ass works circles around them.Lazy people are going to be lazy and people with addictive personalities are going to get addicted to something.

  39. People are dumb on this. Addiction is a daily battle or so we’re always told. Because he’s a football player doesn’t make it any different. I’ve seen people wig out for the most nondescript reason while trying to conquer their demons. Why doesn’t everyone just let the guy deal with it through these proper channels, which for once he’s taking advantage of and hope it works for him instead of sitting around perched speculating and talking about he slipped up. Ban him. He’s a bum, etc. Seriously, what do you get out of that? He, the league, and the team all said he didn’t and that he’s just working through a rough patch right now. Let it go.

  40. tndiver says:
    July 24, 2018 at 8:56 am
    It’s simple: HIPPA. Despite other times when the NFL or someone leaks information, I think they are being cautious for fear of getting sued and not being able to get out of that lawsuit

    What’s “HIPPA”??

  41. For most Americans that get caught with weed it’s jail time and loss of certain privileges. Yet some think NFL players should get a pass because of reasons that fail to make sense to me. It’s called growing up and taking responsibility for your actions. If they want to get stoned they can, many states have legalized it, move and get a different job.

  42. Stop it with the weed is beneficial bs. Maybe that 1 in 100 person who better on it the other 99 are stoned and lazy. Just stop already.

  43. “Oh, my arm is sore! Oh, I feel anxiety! I need to get stoned!

    – Millennias”

    And though she’s not really ill
    There’s a little yellow pill
    She goes running for the shelter of a mother’s little helper

    Rolling Stones – 1966

  44. Or, when the league said “we’ll address the matter at an appropriate time” they meant it LITERALLY. As in the guy is having issues and it’s not appropriate to publicize it at this moment since that would just make those issues worse.

    People are so used to reading into things that the obvious answer of the answer they gave is what they actually meant is no longer the conclusion anyone jumps to.

  45. spunjmunke says:
    July 24, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    I want my job to put me on the disabled list for anxiety instead of just being told to suck it up and deal with it.
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    I feel bad for you man. Sounds like your wasting a part of your life working for a poor employer. Happy employees equal production.

  46. “Indica strains of marijuana calm the mind from anxiety, it works like magic for me and it also crushes upset stomachs as well. Let the man medicate from a plant and if work place performance was an issue, dude was ballin. Legalize it and be done with it, this is ridiculous.”

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    No that they are similar substances but heroin comes from a plant too. As does cocaine. And alcohol. All drugs come from plants, some just take longer routes to get there. And weed works well for some people, but it does not work well for others. For every person who uses marijuana to alleviate a legitimate issue, there is another person who uses it as a crutch for avoiding theirs’.

    There is a lot of misinformation about marijuana-much of it against it, much of it in support of it-and it would be best to recognize it for what it is. It is a drug, and like all drugs, it is useful for some people and harmful for others. It’s not a death sentence, but it’s not a wonder cure either.

  47. He who is without sin cast the first glass house. The guy up above is correct. None of our business. People are so quick to judge and convict. This isn’t your own personal legalize marijuana page. A young man’s life and livelihood is at stake here. Whether you want to legitimize it or not, Josh has a real problem obviously and he’s seeking help for it. That’s it. Move along.

  48. Good luck to Gordon.
    As usual, Roger the dodger manages to turn this sad affair into a media circus.
    Any publicity is good publicity.
    This crap from the NFL is getting old.
    I hope one of the new leagues is/are successful and we can dump this league full of billionaires, crybaby players working for slave wages with a quick “see ya.”

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