Frequently suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon was in the news on Thursday after he applied to the NFL for reinstatement. NFL Network first reported Gordon’s application for reinstatement.
The 29-year-old has been suspended eight times overall by either his team or the NFL, including six times since 2013, mostly for violating the league’s policies on banned substances.
He played for New England and then briefly for Seattle last season before being suspended indefinitely.
Josh Gordon’s lawyer says the NFL receiver’s most recent drug relapse had more to do with him grieving the sudden loss of his brother, but noted that he has gotten the help he needs and is back on the right path.
His lawyer, Adam Kenner, spoke in depth of the devastating event that triggered the slip-up.
“Josh had a lapse because of his brother’s death,” Kenner said via Tom Pelissero. “That set him back. But since that time, he has realized how important it is for him to take the right steps, do what’s proper, and understand how to manage these issues.”
“He’s installed the right team around him to make sure he’s on the right path. He understands he’s been given every chance. He looks forward to making the most of this.”
Josh addressed his passing in a since-deleted Instagram post shortly after his death in November, saying, “Can’t put it all into words just yet, but today was one of those harder days to face.”
“I love you big bro. I’m gonna miss you. This win was for you, thank you for being the best older brother any kid could have.”
Gordon caught 27 passes for 426 yards and 1 touchdown in 2019.
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