News broke today that Seahawks’ wide receiver, Josh Gordon has been suspended indefinitely for performance enhancing substance and substance abuse violations. This is the second consecutive season that Gordon’s season will end prematurely due to suspension for substance issues. The details of the specific substances that Gordon was caught using have not been identified, but based on Gordon’s history, we can assume it is related to marijuana.
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Gordon spent last season and half of this season with the New England Patriots after being reinstated at the beginning of last season, but really looked to have turn a corner with his life in terms of substance abuse. He spent time with therapists and was surrounded by guys like Tom Brady and others to help him through his battle with addiction. Despite the science saying that marijuana is not an “addictive drug”, it is clear that Gordon has some sort of dependency on it which has really been the story of his NFL career.
Gordon was released by the Patriots in late October much to the surprise of a lot of Patriots’ fans who had really come to embrace Gordon. Sources inside the team said that Gordon’s work ethic had come into question,which ultimately led to the decision but with the news of the suspension, it’s fair to assume Gordon’s focus was not completely on football. The case can even be made that the abrupt release and change of scenery really shook Gordon’s metal state causing him to fall back into his bad habits, but it is unclear as to when Gordon started using again.
Josh Gordon is now facing his fifth suspension from the NFL for substance abuse. Gordon is an extremely talented wide receiver who’s career has been derailed time and time again for the same issue, but this is bigger than football. He is a human being before anything else and as special as it is to watch him play football, it’s more important that he finds the help he needs to put his addiction behind him and move on with his life, whether that be with or without football.