By Jack Spencer

The NFL announced on Friday that Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon would be suspended for 2 games while being slapped with a four-game paycheck fine. The current crew running the Browns had no say in the selection of Gordon in the 2012 Supplemental Draft. While he showcased some talent on the field last season, he did not joint the Browns without the possibility of off-field issues.

Gordon decided to enter the Supplemental Draft after having issues with marijuana issues while at Baylor. Last night, his camp released a statement which tried to illustrate that Gordon’s violation was linked to a drug test that he tested positive for codeine while taking treatment for strep throat.

First of all, Gordon would had to have tested positive prior to this suspension in order to get a suspension.  Second, Gordon has a rocky history. There is an arrest of Gordon at Taco Bell while in possession of weed. Go figure. People smoking weed going to Taco Bell.

I would have expected Gordon to be a great value in fantasy circles this season, and he still can be. What needs to be questioned at this point though, is his maturity to play the game at the NFL level. He has NFL talent, but as fans saw the implosion of Titus Young after his release from the Detroit Lions, nothing is guaranteed based on talent alone.

After watching athlete after athlete in various sports lie to the camera about their doping or drug use, I have no sympathy for Josh Gordon. He has demons that he needs to deal with. Codeine or no codeine, he tested positive for a banned substance once before in his short time in the league. The Browns and those around Gordon’s family should be concerned at this point.

 

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