Rapoport: Gordon Likely Knew About Suspension "For Quite Some Time"

Josh Gordon is facing another suspension – and he likely knew about it well before Thursday

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December 20, 2018 - 11:13 am

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Troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon will be suspended for violating reinstatement terms under the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. The 27-year-old tweeted Thursday that he is stepping away from football to focus on mental health, but that was only part of the story.

In fact, Gordon likely knew for quite some time that the suspension was coming.

“In general, these processes take not weeks, but months,” Ian Rapoport said on The DA Show. “Players can keep it a secret if they want. The letter comes to the player, so there have been times when players have not told their teams or the agents because it’s really personal, especially one this serious with him. But these are generally not weeks. These are months. So my guess is that Josh Gordon has known for quite some time, has been trying to stay on the field as long as possible. But when you have repeated violations of the substance-abuse policy, as he has had, this is obviously something he is used to. He tweeted that he is stepping away, but obviously that’s not accurate. That’s not the whole story. He’s being suspended. You have to wonder is he able to restart his career at any other point?”

Gordon, who missed the 2015 and 2016 NFL seasons, played five games for the Browns in 2017 and one in 2018. He caught 40 balls for 720 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games for the Patriots.

And his career could be over.

“It’s going to be banishment, and then Gordon has to wait a year, and then he can reapply,” Rapoport outlined. “We’ve seen Gordon come back from banishment before, but it has not been smooth. He was about to come back from banishment one time with the Browns, and then ended up having to enter into a treatment program again a couple days before he was going to come back. This is obviously something that is incredibly serious, incredibly sad. I can’t understand it, thankfully, and I hope I never can. But it’s obviously terrible. For Josh Gordon, for life, you hope for the best. I don’t think has anything to do with football anymore.”

In the past, Gordon has admitted to abusing alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine. Based on the suspension, it appears he may have relapsed.

The Patriots acquired Gordon in September, sending a 2019 fifth-rounder to Cleveland for a 2019 seventh. Whether New England “won” this trade is up for debate.

“A fifth with a seventh coming back is basically a sixth-rounder,” Rapoport said. “That means the Patriots got 700 yards for a sixth-rounder. If you drafted a sixth-rounder and got 700 yards from him, (you’d say), ‘Oh, we did great.’ But you get nothing else. You get no development from him. You also probably stunted other players who could have developed – Cordarrelle Patterson, Phillip Dorsett. It depends on how you look at it. I would say it’s clearly not the steal that everyone anticipated. I don’t know if it’s good or not, but this is the reality of it now.”