Cleveland Browns wideout Josh Gordon‘s life continues to spiral out of control after the 23-year-old was arrested for driving while impaired in Raleigh, N.C. Saturday morning. He was doing 50 in a 35 mph zone. Gordon then blew a .09, just over North Carolina’s legal limit of .08.
This comes after Gordon was pulled over for speeding in suburban Cleveland. A passenger in the car he was driving possessed marijuana.
But this latest episode has fans, and at least one former teammate, expressing concern for the Pro Bowler’s well-being.
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.
— D'Qwell Jackson (@DQ52) July 5, 2014
Gordon continues to make bad decision and it’s worth wondering if he’ll be able to save himself.
Gordon has aligned himself with “interesting company,” evidenced by the fact his $500 bond was posted by a convicted felon, according to Pro Football Talk.
His psyche was the focus of attention after a July 4 Cleveland.com story reported “‘Sources close’ to Gordon are worried the receiver would have trouble getting reinstated if he were banished from the team and its support system,” via Pro Football Talk.
Just recently, it was reported Gordon’s appeal hearing for a potential season-long suspension would take place at the end of the month. There was hope by Browns fans that the NFLPA could negotiate a shortened penalty.
But with this latest setback, Gordon looks destined to miss the 2014 campaign, and maybe more.
From ESPN’s Adam Schefter on SportsCenter:
“…Driving while impaired in Raleigh, N.C. almost puts a nail in the coffin for the 2014 season and has a tremendous amount of certainty for Josh Gordon’s future beyond the 2014 season.”
The story now shifts to Gordon, and whether he can turn things around.
If this were a Hollywood Script, a happy ending looks a million miles away. A young man with elite NFL skills can’t keep his world outside sold-out NFL stadiums on the straight and narrow. He’s hanging with the wrong crowd and doing the wrong things. Gordon had a great season in 2013, but that gem of a season will be used as a footnote to remind others that Gordon was a “Never Was.”
“Clearly he’s got issues. he’s got demons he’s dealing with that are beyond, really his control,” Schefter added on ESPN.com
Sports Illustrated’s Doug Farrar also weighted in:
“…This isn’t about sports anymore. It’s about Gordon’s life, and what it’s going to look like in a year. Two years. Five years. How long does he have?”
Gordon’s got a long way to go before he’ll ever get on the field again, but that’s the least of his problems. With his career on the sideline, Gordon needs to focus on his life, and in a hurry, because this story can still end with No. 12 coming out on top.