By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon was suspended indefinitely on Thursday for another violation of the league’s substance-enhancing drug policy. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, he was suspended for multiple violations.
The NFL Insider also insists that the suspension was for more than just marijuana this time. The Patriots, according to ESPN, had security around Gordon to help stop him from getting back into the habit.
It is believed, according to the ESPN story, that Gordon slipped up during the team’s bye week around November 18th.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Gordon eluded the staff, who were in charge of monitoring the troubled player, during his time in Massachusetts. The Patriots — who acquired him in a trade with the Cleveland Browns in September — tried everything possible to stop Gordon from slipping up.
Gordon is reportedly facing banishment from the league for his fifth suspension. Before the suspension was revealed, Gordon announced that he was stepping away from football to focus on his mental health.
“I take my mental health very seriously at this point to ensure I remain able to perform at the highest level,” Gordon wrote on Twitter. “I have recently felt like I could have a better grasp of things mentally. With that said, I will be stepping away from the football field for a bit to focus on my mental health.”
Now, Gordon will have to prove that he’s clean for at least one calendar year before the NFL will even consider him for reinstatement. But if the Patriots cannot help him with these security measures, what team can?