The United States of America is unequivocally the land of opportunity and the land of second chances. I believe that everyone deserves a second chance, and some even a third, but former Cleveland Brown wide receiver Josh Gordon doesn’t fall under that category.
After multiple suspensions for violating the league’s substance abuse policy since 2014, the NFL denied Gordon’s bid to be reinstated. According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Gordon’s contract was terminated two weeks ago, and I take no issue with that.
Violating league rules once is bad, but knowing that doing so is wrong yet doing it regardless is down right foolish. Yes, it’s possible that Gordon was in a bad place mentally and wasn’t in the right state of mind to make smart decisions, but his was a case that the NFL wasn’t willing to risk failing again. Gordon has a track record of so many failed tests that, even if he’s in the best mental shape in a while, according to his business manager Michael Johnson, the chances that he has a repeat offense are high by just looking at prior incidents.
I think Josh Gordon was a great player and it’s a shame that drugs ruined what was sure to be a solid career in Cleveland. However, it’s hard to feel bad for someone who knowingly violated the NFL substance abuse policy on numerous occasions and, because he’s been allowed to come back but has failed tests before, the NFL was right to avoid a similar thing taking place by denying his bid for reinstatement.