Report: Josh Gordon applies for reinstatement

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Free agent receiver Josh Gordon officially submitted his reinstatement letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Gordon hopes to be with a team for training camp.

The NFL has randomly drug tested Gordon the past three months, per Schefter, with Gordon passing all his tests.

The NFL conditionally reinstated Gordon last season, and the Seahawks expected him back on the field. But the league rescinded the conditional reinstatement, and in January, Gordon again was suspended indefinitely.

The Seahawks released Gordon on March 4, so he could play in the Fan Controlled Football league.

Gordon led the NFL in receiving yards in 2013, but in seven seasons since then, he has played in only 33 regular-season games while missing 79 because of a series of lengthy suspensions. Gordon last played in December of 2019.

50 responses to “Report: Josh Gordon applies for reinstatement

  1. I honestly don’t see how the NFL can reinstate this guy after how many times he’s been suspended. He’s proven he cannot be trusted to stay clean for any substantial length of time. Even if he is reinstated, I don’t see a team taking a chance on him.

  2. Again? Why doesn’t he make a SERIOUS attempt to address his issues first??

  3. Just stop already. I pulled for this kid hard…. But it’s clear he just needs to focus on himself at this point.

  4. No matter how many times he’s re-instated, it’s no skin off any of our noses. Period. If he can stay clean and play — with random drug tests lurking around every corner — good for him.

  5. Josh Gordon applying for reinstatement is like a birthday…happens every year.

  6. I was really pulling for this young man to turn things around and I still am. It can take someone with an active addiction years to clean up and stay clean, if ever. If given another opportunity in the NFL, I hope Mr Gordon doesn’t relapse.
    He is an incredible talent and it’s a joy to watch him play.

  7. How many times does the NFL have to deal with this guy? Josh says he’s good to go, Josh gets paid, Josh blows all his dough on dope & booze, Josh gets suspended, and then Josh comes back later for reinstatement. Wash, rinse, and repeat. At some point someone needs to be the adult and stop this sad cycle. This would be one of those times where the NFL should just tell him that this is his last shot and if he gets suspended again, he’s done in the NFL. Both sides need to take this seriously.

  8. Even if he does get reinstated, what team would touch this guy with a 20-foot pole?

  9. Honestly I wouldn’t give Josh Gordon another shot, how many times are we going to go through it with this dude? It’s been five times since his dude been suspended for drugs. I was personally rooting for him but at this point football should be the last thing on his mind he needs to get help with his problem.

  10. If he hasn’t burned his bridges in NE, perhaps Bill Belichick might give him another chance?
    He certainly made some nice catches for the Pats.

  11. I believe that most people deserve a second chance, but what is Gordon up to now…5 or 6 chances?

    At some point, the NFL gets tired of being played for a fool

  12. Satan says:
    July 2, 2021 at 5:57 pm
    Even if he does get reinstated, what team would touch this guy with a 20-foot pole?

    Seattle has already said they want him back…and they just cut a RFA WR who was arrested for murder…so this would be a step up in class!

  13. He will be reinstated because the NFL is about to allow change their overall restrictions on use of marijuana. Given that and the fact that he has been randomly checked & clean for an extended period and he has talent, he will quickly get signed back by the Seahawks or another team.

    Comeback player of the year a real possibility.

    I’m just not convinced he will be a Seahawk, but I would be happy if it happened.

  14. Roger: Josh, I could reinstate you, but you and I both know I’d just be suspending you again in 6-8 weeks when you get high. How about we call it a career and spare everyone the embarrassment. Maybe we can give you a job with the league talking to rookies about the pitfalls of using drugs and how it can impact your career.

    Gordon: Bruh

    Roger: Get out please

  15. So what if he smokes weed? It’s a stupid rule and they should quit testing for it anyway.

  16. golions1 says: So what if he smokes weed? It’s a stupid rule and they should quit testing for it anyway.

    This was never just about weed. Read his sad history — there is a reason this guy needs to stay away from ALL drugs and alcohol.

    And in the name of true compassion, the NFL should not reinstate him until he demonstrates that he can stay clean for an *extended* period. The revolving NFL door simply enables him to get a few hundred grand, play like a star, blow it, get suspended, rinse, repeat, repeat, repeat.

  17. This is a case of due process. He will not play a snap for a team this year or make $1 from the NFL but the arbitrator checks the box that he met all the terms and conditions. In other news, there is trouble in the Middle East.

  18. Um, enough already. How many 2nd chances does one guy get? He’s been suspended more times than games hes played at this point

  19. If you blame the addict then you do not understand the disease.
    Would you blame someone for having cancer?

  20. Whats the point….we can all probably hit both the powerball and mega millions jackpots on back to back days before he can ever stay clean for an entire season….i dont know why we even click to read this story….vuja de

  21. Tony Broome says:
    July 2, 2021 at 4:47 pm
    I honestly don’t see how the NFL can reinstate this guy after how many times he’s been suspended. He’s proven he cannot be trusted to stay clean for any substantial length of time. Even if he is reinstated, I don’t see a team taking a chance on him.

    Ask Steve Howe.

  22. This dude has issues every season, Wasted talent he is. The NFL needs to tell him straight up, Dude, you are wasting everyone’s time and we are done with you. Good bye and good night!!!

  23. ya maybe a three strikes and you’re out type of deal, or in this case 5 or 8 strikes and you’re out, too many chances he doesn’t deserve even a chance to make an NFL roster, let him go and play in Canada.

  24. hes getting paid to get suspended, let another prospect take that cash home, waste of time and money.

  25. He was a special players in 2013, over achieving because of his speed. That explosiveness is long gone. He can catch the ball but he’s just another 3rd string WR now.

  26. Oh it is this time in the offseason. We are getting close to Training Camp it appears.

  27. samoanjungle says:
    July 2, 2021 at 8:20 pm
    If you blame the addict then you do not understand the disease.
    Would you blame someone for having cancer?

    —————

    Not even close. Cancer happens even to the healthiest individuals. If you smoke of course it’s your fault. He knowingly put that stuff in his body. He didn’t have to start. It’s his fault. He made the choice. Some cancers don’t give you a choice.

  28. Josh should get into the HOF just for the number of reinstatements he has. It has to be a record.

  29. samoanjungle says:
    July 2, 2021 at 8:20 pm
    If you blame the addict then you do not understand the disease.
    Would you blame someone for having cancer?

    ———
    Cancer is not a choice. Doing drugs or alcohol are choices

  30. Why is it people can’t seem to notice his breakout season was 2013? There is plenty of talent in the league and coming into the league that this guy should not be generating the kind of air time that he does.

  31. this is because of pot, which many states now deem as legal and taxable.

    NFL is a sham.

  32. nhpats2011 says:
    July 3, 2021 at 8:27 am
    samoanjungle says:
    July 2, 2021 at 8:20 pm
    If you blame the addict then you do not understand the disease.
    Would you blame someone for having cancer?

    ———
    Cancer is not a choice. Doing drugs or alcohol are choices

    Dumb comment by an uneducated person.

  33. Not sure what is sadder. The Josh Gordon story, or the people who think “he was just suspended for weed”. Newsflash. By his own admission, it wasnt weed. Weed was included, but he was doing more than just weed. So stop with your childish “its just weed” drama. It isnt just weed. It was never just weed. He needs to retire. Football is obviously the thing that pushes him to use. Retirement is the only thing that might help him reach the age of 40

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