Josh Gordon: I Was Diagnosed As Not Being An Addict

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Thursday, September 11th, 2014 | 0


Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon spent the entire 2014 offseason embroiled in a controversial battle with the NFL that ultimately lead to him being suspended for the entire season due to repeated violations of the league’s substance abuse policy.

A potential overhaul of the league drug testing policy is currently on the table between the NFLPA and the owners, but if implemented, the many changes put into place would include a higher threshold for marijuana and quite possibly the league’s first-ever testing for human growth hormone (HGH). The new standards could see Gordon’s suspension reduced or eliminated altogether.

The vote will not come today, but Gordon remains a hot topic. He has a well-documented history of failing numerous drug tests for marijuana dating back to his college days at both Baylor and Utah. But speaking to reporters today, Gordon insisted that he ‘definitely’ does not have a drug problem (via

“Definitely not. In this case I was exposed to it from second-hand and prior to I’ve been drug-free and been staying that way. This incident has been causing a backlash of negative attention and negative media of me being an addict or junkie or using drugs terribly too much, which is definitely not the case.”

The talented but oft-troubled star was also arrested while allegedly driving intoxicated this summer, prompting him to check into a Malibu, California, rehabilitation facility. During his time there, Gordon said he was diagnosed as not being a drug addict

“I chose to go on my own accord and thought it would be beneficial for me to seek out some help and see what could be done,” Gordon explained. “They assessed me and they made their diagnosis and said I wasn’t addicted to anything and said I really didn’t have any drug problem.”

Gordon’s words seem to jump to his own defense, just as many of his fans have done recently. With marijuana being legal for medicinal use in several states, society’s view of the controversial substance is seemingly softening as the days go by, and the NFL’s rigid testing standards are thought to be some of the most stringent in athletics.

Yet the bottom line is that Gordon constantly finds himself in bad spots because of drug use. He may not agree with the rules in place, but when he signed on the dotted line to pay in the NFL, he agreed to play by their standards regardless of whether he believed in them or not. He’s definitely one of the most talented wide receivers in the NFL, but he’s only one man, and one man is not above the law.

Still, he could be back on the field soon if the players reach a new agreement with the owners. If so, we’ll just have to wait and see if the NFL’s new testing limit for marijuana is high enough to avoid too many players missing games in the future.

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