Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was arrested early Saturday morning for DWI in Raleigh, North Carolina, according to WKYC in Cleveland. Gordon was already facing a possible second suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Now Gordon’s NFL future is in further doubt.
A police spokesman told ESPN that Gordon was taken into custody after going 50 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone. The ESPN report said Browns general manager Ray Farmer was aware of the arrest and that the team was disappointed. Farmer had no further comment.
Gordon was suspended the first two games of last season for violating the league’s drug policy. He was a dynamic player on the field in 2013, leading the NFL in receiving yards with 1,646, and he became the first player in league history with two consecutive 200-yard receiving games.
However, Gordon is in serious danger of ruining a promising career. Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, a former teammate of Gordon’s in Cleveland, wrote Saturday on Twitter, “ If you’re close to Josh Gordon please help this kid, it’s not about football anymore, it’s about picking up the pieces of his life.”
In the meantime, Gordon’s return to the NFL looks further away than ever.