Patriots’ Josh “Flash” Gordon suspended by NFL for substance abuse

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Patriots’ Josh “Flash” Gordon suspended by NFL for substance abuse

Matthew Drachman, Assistant Editor

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New England Patriots’ wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended indefinitely on the account of violating the league’s agreement with him to allow him to play after several cases of substance abuse.


According to NFL officials, the wide receiver had violated terms within their agreement of his reinstations after several substance abuse violations. This came soon after Gordon said he was going to step away from football to focus on his mental health.


Gordon commented on Twitter saying, “I take my mental health very seriously at this point to ensure I remain able to perform at the highest level. I have recently felt like I could have a better grasp on things mentally. With that said, I will be stepping away from the football field for a bit to focus on my mental health.” He later went on to thank Coach Belichick, whom is the coach of the Patriots, and all of his fans.


The team had issued a statement saying, “We support Josh Gordon in his continued efforts to focus on his health. His attempt to do so is a private and personal matter, which we intend to respect.”

It is unclear when or how Gordon will return to football, but if he does it will most likely will not be with the NFL. Gordon had been suspended several times for drug abuses since he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2012. As a matter of fact, he had to miss the 2015 and 2016 seasons due to similar cases.


In an interview Gordon had with GQ Magazine, sometime after the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated him back in the NFL, he had revealed that he drank or used marijuana “Probably every game of my career.”


Gordon has now been indefinitely suspended from the NFL due to these recent events.  It will be unlikely to see him play in the NFL again.