Josh Gordon screwed up again

Josh GordonOn Saturday Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was arrested for driving while under the influence in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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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  1. Failed two drug test, facing a long suspension… I think I’ll go have some drinks and then drive over the speed limit. I’m in control besides what could possibly happen. Himmm…. flashing lights in my mirror..
    It’s called having the mind of an alcoholic (or drug addict or whatever other obsessional activity ya wanna put here)… an out of control mind… aka insanity.

    No amount of people… including personal body guards or drivers… trying to help him is ever gonna work until he faces his reality and decides to honestly confront his insane behavior. He can hire all the people he wants to try and do whatever but sooner or later he will manipulate his way into a situation that he thinks he can control and screw up one more time.

    Not saying he has a for-sure obsessive-compulsive mind when it comes to using drugs and booze but he looks like he fits the profile.

  2. I agree Joe. It’s far to simple to say he needs a body guard or a driver. Josh has a problem. He needs to face up to it, and he needs rehab. Hopefully the Browns, the NFL, or the NFLPA help him in that regard because if not he’ll be just like Justin Blackmon of the Jaguars, a pariah that’ll be out of the game soon enough.

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