The Cleveland Browns have finally waited as long as they were willing to for Josh Gordon to straighten his life out. The troubled receiver appears to have used up his last card with the club when he entered rehab this past week at the same time as he was finally able to rejoin the team from his latest suspension.
Gordon released a statement about his decision through the Browns:
"After careful thought and deep consideration I've decided that I need to step away from pursuing my return to the Browns and my football career to enter an in-patient rehabilitation facility. This is the right decision for me and one that I hope will enable me to gain full control of my life and continue on a path to reach my full potential as a person. I appreciate the support of the NFL, NFLPA, the Browns, my teammates, my agent and the community through this extremely challenging process."
It's been one crazy week for Josh Gordon, not only has he entered rehab at the likely cost of his employment but he also found out he is the father to a 1 year old girl. He had a warrant out for his arrest for avoiding taking a paternity test regarding that young lady but that warrant was rescinded when he agreed to take the test after all. As the mother of that child knew all along, Josh Gordon was indeed the father.
I would just like to say congratulations to Josh Gordon though, entering rehab is the right decision for him if he is still battling his personal demons. I don't know if it's a coincidence that he found out about his daughter in the same week that he decided to enter rehab but if it is then it's a hell of a one. I hope it is part of his decision though and that he is doing this to better himself for his daughter's sake and not just his own.
Unfortunately, the Cleveland Browns have had enough waiting around for Josh Gordon to get his life together and have decided it's best for the team to move on. Hue Jackson said as much to reporters while silencing any further discussion of the enigmatic receiver.
"Today is really the last JG comment I want to make about that," Hue Jackson said at his press conference. "I think what's best for our football team is we move forward and we move on. He's not going to be with us and we wish him well, but we'll move forward. We'll move on."
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