He was going 50 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone and admitted to consuming three vodka drinks. His blood alcohol level was at .09, .01 above the legal limit in the state of North Carolina. He was let go three hours later after posting a $500 bond.
He was already facing a year long suspension after failing a second drug test when it was reported in May of this year and this certainly doesn’t look good for the 23-year old.
Former team-mate D’Qwell Jackson spoke out on Twitter Saturday: “If you’re close to Josh Gordon please help this kid, it’s not about football anymore it’s about picking up the pieces of his life.”
There’s a simple answer to all of this. A lot of these athletes have bodyguards for security purposes. If they plan on drinking, hire a driver or get in a taxi. It’s a simple solution. Athletes are under the microscope, that’s not exactly breaking news but it’s true. They need to be careful about how they are perceived and their image takes a serious hit, especially when you take into account his failing a drug test earlier this year.
Gordon was expected to be the main target of rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel (yes, I know he is facing competition from Brian Hoyer, but I firmly believe Manziel will be the starting QB when the season opens) and the team failed to draft a WR in the opening round of the NFL draft, knowing he was facing a suspension. Saturday’s incident should make commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision even easier and puts Cleveland at a severe disadvantage on the offensive side of the ball.
Gordon had a breakout season in 2013, he caught 87 passes for 1,646 yards (18.9 yards per catch) with nine touchdowns, he averaged an impressive 117.6 yards per game.
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