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Cleveland Browns’ Josh Gordon Enters Inpatient Rehab

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 Josh Gordon back in rehabLess than a week before his return from a four-game suspension for violating substance abuse policies, football star Josh Gordon has voluntarily checked into an inpatient rehab facility.

Josh Gordon

A promising career, derailed by drugs

As the wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, it appeared Gordon was headed on a path toward greatness, until multiple suspensions in recent years pointed to a deeper substance abuse problem. According to ESPN, in a statement released by the team, Gordon says:

“After careful thought and deep consideration I’ve decided that I need to step away from pursuing my return to the Browns and my football career to enter an inpatient rehabilitation facility. This is the right decision for me and one that I hope will enable me to gain full control of my life and continue on a path to reach my full potential as a person. I appreciate the support of the NFL, NFLPA, the Browns, my teammates, my agent and the community through this extremely challenging process.”

Nicknamed “Flash Gordon,” he was acquired by Cleveland Browns as second-round pick in 2012. In 2013, Gordon’s seven 100-yard receiving games set a Browns record. Soon after, Gordon became the only player in NFL history with back-to-back 200-yard receiving games.

A history of addiction

This is hardly the first round of trouble Gordon has faced in his career, and at least the third time that he has entered rehab. His first rehab stay was in 2014 following a DUI, and the second occurred this off-season.

Gordon was suspended for the entirety of last season after being caught drinking alcohol on a plane with his teammates and a former assistant coach. According to, “Gordon said during the preseason that he was right back where he needed to be — on the football field. He said he was inspired by his efforts against the Buccaneers, during which he caught passes of 44 and 43 yards, the latter being a TD.”

As an NFL player, Gordon was subject to drug testing up to 10 times a month. In 2013, he was suspended for two games for codeine, 10 games in 2014 for marijuana use, 16 games in 2015 for being caught drinking on the plane, and now for another four games in 2016 for an unknown violation.

Recovery with support

Gordon has been battling substance abuse for years, and according to his latest statement, it seems he is taking it more seriously this time around.

On battling his addiction in the public arena, Gordon has said, “When you’ve gone through the certain amount of things that I’ve gone through and people have their opinions, that’s just kind of what comes with it. Hopefully I can project a different image of myself.”

In a statement from the Cleveland Browns, Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown says, “We support Josh in taking this step to seek additional help and treatment. His singular focus must be on his own health. We want nothing more than for Josh to be successful personally and professionally and will not comment on his status with the organization at this time.”

Getting help

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