Does Gordon Have a Place in the NFL?
Sunday the sports world got word that Josh Gordon, wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, is facing suspension for the 2015 season after failing another drug test. This is the second drug test he has failed as a professional athlete. The first failed drug test cost Gordon 10 games in the 2014 season. These two drug tests are not the only two he has failed; he failed two previous tests in his college days at Baylor.
Gordon went to college at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. In October 2010, Gordon and his teammate Willie Jefferson were found asleep inside a Taco Bell. When the police arrived, they found marijuana on Willie Jefferson and arrested the two. Jefferson was kicked off the team while Gordon was just suspended. 9 months later Gordon failed a drug test and tested positive marijuana once again. Coach Art Briles had enough and kicked him off the team. Gordon then transferred to Utah and finished out his collegiate career there.
Gordon was the second round selection of the Cleveland Browns in the 2012 NFL supplemental draft. He had over 1600 receiving yards in 2013, but failed a drug test following the season and was suspended for 10 games for the 2014 season. Gordon now faces suspension for the entire 2015 season, so that begs the question, does Gordon even have a place in the NFL?
My response is extremely simple : no. Gordon does not have a place in the NFL because no one is going to want a drug addict playing for their team!!!! I don’t care how good you are at what you do, but if you don’t follow the rules, you aren’t going to be sought after. I think that the NFL has no place for any players who have drug problems. The NFL needs to make it known that there is a zero tolerance policy for repeat offenders for all issues, not just drug problems. Gordon will not be in Cleveland next year, and I believe he will not have a job in the NFL in the foreseeable future.