Josh Gordon From Cleveland Browns Has Been Suspended
The rocky offseason for the Cleveland Browns offense continues.
A day after the team confirmed that second-year quarterback Johnny Manziel has entered a treatment facility for undisclosed reasons, the NFL announced a one-year ban for troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon. News of Gordon’s impending suspension – punishment for testing positive for alcohol — leaked last week.
Gordon was one of Cleveland’s top receivers last year averaging over 100 yds per game when he was eligible. The keyword there being “when” which in his case has not been often.
Manziel and Gordon have been punished on multiple occasions due to missing team practices and other infractions prior to major games such as playoff appearances. Manziel, who was on injured reserve, was not allowed to watch the playoff games from the sideline. The pair were photographed together in Aspen, Colo. shortly after the season ended.
Cleveland general manager Ray Farmer, who so often defended Gordon during a 10-game suspension last season, issued a strongly-worded statement on Tuesday in which he came down hard on the troubled wide receiver.
“As we have conveyed, we are disappointed to once again be at this point with Josh. Throughout his career we have tried to assist him in getting support like we would with any member of our organization,” Farmer said. “Unfortunately our efforts have not resonated with him. It is evident that Josh needs to make some substantial strides to live up to the positive culture we are trying to build this football team upon. Our hope is that this suspension affords Josh the opportunity to gain some clarity in determining what he wants to accomplish moving forward and if he wants a career in the Nation Football League.”