Josh Gordon has yet again proved that he is arguably the most stupid player in the NFL and late on Tuesday he was given his marching orders.
The NFL announced on Tuesday that Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended from the league for at least one season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substance of Abuse.
NFL insiders Ian Rapoport and Albert Breer reported last week that Gordon would be suspended for a year but it was only confirmed late Tuesday, with the NFL also suspending Gordon without pay for the entire 2015 NFL season.
Browns furious with Gordon
Naturally the Cleveland Browns are bitterly disappointed with the outcome of Gordon's persistent transgressions. He was initially suspended for the entire 2014 NFL season, reduced to ten games, for failing a drug test for marijuana, with alcohol now his latest demon. Safe to say, Browns general manager Ray Farmer is angry with Josh Gordon.
"As we have conveyed, we are disappointed to once again be at this point with Josh," general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement, NFL.com reported. "Throughout his career we have tried to assist him in getting support like we would with any member of our organization. Unfortunately our efforts have not resonated with him.
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"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 National Football League. We will have no further comment on Josh as he will not be permitted in our facility for the duration of his suspension."
Browns career over
It's certainly plausible that this latest suspension could prove to be the end of Gordon's time in Cleveland for one the NFL's most talented athletes.
Gordon led the NFL in receiving during the 2013 NFL season despite missing two games due to a suspension. The 23-year-old star's progression as a player will be ultimately stunted by this and his career with the Browns is surely over now, with Gordon not allowed to visit the Browns' facility throughout the whole suspension.
The 2015 NFL season will mark the third straight campaign in which Gordon has served time for violating the NFL's substance abuse program.
"In an open letter penned to his critics last week, Gordon acknowledged imbibing "two beers and two drinks" during an early January private flight to Las Vegas with several teammates. He added that it was the first time he had consumed alcohol since his July 2014 DWI arrest that instigated the testing," NFL.com reported.
But despite Gordon admitting to this, the NFL and Gordon had an agreement that he would abstain from alcohol and his punishment - albeit harsh when looking at the individual transgression - is for all of his transgressions put together.
Teams will still be interested
Even though Gordon's career with the Browns is likely to be over - with the team unlikely to keep taking chances on the wideout's character - there is no doubt that Gordon still has a future in the NFL. He's just that good, and there will be a number of teams looking to sign him up for 2016 if the Browns let him go.
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