Browns to release Josh Gordon after he shows up late, was ‘not himself’
Josh Gordon is out of a job with the Cleveland Browns.
Gordon will be released by the Browns on Monday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported on Saturday. Schefter included a quote from the team’s new GM, John Dorsey, who said the team felt it was time to move on.
Browns GM John Dorsey: “For the past six years, the Browns have fully supported and invested in Josh, both personally and professionally and wanted the best for him, but unfortunately we’ve reached a point where we feel it’s best to part ways and move forward. We wish Josh well.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 15, 2018
The news of Gordon’s impending release comes the same day the Browns announced the wide receiver would not travel with the team to New Orleans for their Week 2 game. The timing of the announcement was curious; Gordon had practiced all week and was not listed on the injury report, and then seemingly out of nowhere, he was announced as out with a hamstring injury.
Cleveland.com reported that Gordon showed up late to the facility on Saturday and was described as “not himself,” which they felt was a red flag about a potential substance relapse.
Gordon’s Browns tenure has been full of drama. He missed two full seasons and large parts of two others due to suspensions for being a multiple offender of the league’s drug policy. He also had other legal issues off the field.
Gordon is a dynamic player when on the field, but he has also been extremely problematic away from it.