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Will The One-Year Suspension That The NFL Gave To Josh Gordon Help Him In The Long Run?

Submitted by on August 28, 2014 – 9:17 amNo Comment

If you’re a Cleveland Browns player, then you got some really, really bad news yesterday. Your starting wide receiver Josh Gordon—the one Browns player who could be labeled a true “star”—got suspended for the entire 2014-15 NFL season for testing positive for marijuana. Well, technically, Gordon got suspended for the positive drug test earlier this year. But the NFL upheld his suspension yesterday after allowing Gordon to go through the appeals process. And as a result of their ruling, Gordon will be sidelined for the upcoming season and could, potentially, be forced to miss most of Browns’ training camp next summer. It’s a devastating blow to both the Browns and Gordon.

Will it actually end up helping him in the long run, though? That’s the hope. Through his first two seasons in the NFL, Gordon has been an absolute beast on the football field. He has racked up tons of yardage, been damn-near uncoverable, and made an average stable of Cleveland quarterbacks look like All-Pros. He’s really been amazing to watch. But at the same time, he has made a series of bad decisions off the field that have hindered his ability to stay focused on football. From the drug test that he failed last year that forced to NFL to suspend him for two games to the DUI that he caught this year after the NFL handed down their original one-year suspension to him, Gordon has been, in a word, a mess. And he needs to clean up his act if he wants to continue to play in the NFL.

Hopefully, having the next year off will make that possible for him. Rather than channeling all of his energy into football, Gordon can use it to get help for whatever problems he’s currently facing. He can also spend his free time thinking about what a privilege it is to play in the NFL and change the outlook that he has towards the game of football right now.

If he does those things, he’ll be able to return to the NFL in 2015 as a better player. But more importantly, he’ll be a better person. And that’s exactly what the Browns need him to be.

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