It’s no secret that Josh Gordon has a historical past of drug and alcohol use. The Cleveland Browns broad receiver not too long ago was reinstated by the NFL from an indefinite suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse insurance policies and in addition detailed the extent of his points with medicine and alcohol in a mini-documentary final month. However what hadn’t been revealed was that the previous Baylor star wasn’t simply utilizing medicine; he was promoting them – and making a large revenue.
Gordon, 26, stated that whereas in faculty he was making as a lot as $10,000 a month from the sale of marijuana, in accordance with a function by Sports activities Illustrated’s Ben Baskin. From SI:
As a sophomore at Baylor he says he was receiving as a lot as six kilos of weed – vacuum-sealed and wrapped in Mylar, sprayed with kerosene and coated in espresso beans to masks the odor, shipped by U.S. mail – each week from a vendor again house. He would drive to Dallas, Austin and San Antonio to promote it, and he estimates he was bringing in upward of $10,000 in revenue each month. He was arrested for possession in fall 2010 and one yr later was indefinitely suspended for failing a faculty drug check.
Gordon, who Sunday is anticipated to play in his first NFL sport since 2014, stated he started promoting marijuana whereas in highschool as a method to help his household. He instructed Baskin that his drug use started in center faculty, first with marijuana in seventh grade after which Xanax in eighth grade. His first time attempting cocaine was in 2011, when Gordon, who had transferred to Utah, was sitting out a yr. Gordon additionally notes that he gave up smoking marijuana throughout his first two NFL seasons and that he was “a social drinker,” in accordance with the profile.
However in a GQ interview launched earlier this month however after Baskin’s interview, Gordon had stated he smoked marijuana or drank alcohol earlier than each sport. “I used to make a ritual of it earlier than each sport,” he instructed GQ’s Clay Skipper. He additionally had beforehand stated he had used “marijuana most of my life” and “Xanax on many events, cocaine a number of events,” plus different medicine and alcohol all through highschool, faculty and his skilled soccer profession. Gordon within the SI function admits to mendacity and says he was “directed to guard our curiosity versus revealing sure data at that cut-off date.” Gordon’s supervisor, Michael Johnson, later instructed Baskin that Gordon could have been nervous or had misremembered sure particulars; Johnson additionally admits within the SI interview that they have been parceling out Gordon’s story for revenue.
“We bought different initiatives we’re doing,” stated Johnson, who’s on probation for his function in a recruiting scandal at North Carolina. “I can’t offer you his entire life story while you’re not even guaranteeing me the quilt [of Sports Illustrated]. As a result of, first off, we’re not getting paid for this.”
Regardless of the obvious withholding of “his entire life story,” Gordon gave a very forthcoming look into his life that included combating, weapons, gang involvement, stealing vehicles and stealing electronics, in addition to distinctive athletic expertise.
“I didn’t plan on dwelling previous 18,” Gordon stated. “Not an opportunity.”
Whereas at Baylor, Gordon was arrested for possession in 2010 and was indefinitely suspended by the college a yr later after failing a drug check. He failed one other drug check earlier than ever taking the sector for Utah and returned house to Houston. After being taken within the second spherical of the NFL’s supplemental draft in 2012, he was suspended for the primary two video games of the 2013 season for violating the league’s substance-abuse coverage. He completed that season because the NFL’s main receiver with 1,646 yards and was named an all-pro.
He was arrested in July 2014 for driving whereas impaired. The following month, he was suspended one yr by the NFL for an additional failed drug check; Gordon contended in his enchantment that the optimistic drug check was due to secondhand smoke. Later, the suspension was lowered to 10 video games.
In 2015, he was suspended for your complete season for once more violating the league’s substance-abuse coverage. Gordon was reinstated forward of the 2016 season however was issued a four-game ban to begin the season. He by no means made it onto the sector, as an alternative coming into rehab. He was reinstated for the 2017 season Nov. 1.
Browns Coach Hue Jackson stated Monday that he has “large plans” for Gordon in his first sport again. “I plan for him to play and play as a lot as he can deal with,” Jackson instructed reporters.