PatsFans.com
PatsFans.com
Mac JonesMac JonesTrey Lance
Search

New England Patriots > Patriots Blog > Patriots Twitter

Josh Gordon Stepping Away From Football, Facing Further Suspension

Steve Balestrieri
Steve Balestrieri on Twitter
3 years ago at 11:08 am ET
Posted Under: Patriots Twitter

Josh Gordon Stepping Away From Football, Facing Further SuspensionStew Milne - USA TODAY Sports

J

New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon is stepping away from the NFL to focus on his mental health issues, thus no doubt ending his season and probably his time with the Patriots… possibly the NFL.

Gordon released a statement on Twitter that read, “I take my mental health very seriously at this point to ensure I remain able to perform at the highest level. I have recently felt like I could have a better grasp on things mentally. With that said, I will be stepping away from the football field for a bit to focus on my mental health.”

He added, “I would like to thank Coach Belichick, Mr. Kraft, and countless others within the Patriots organization for their continued support.”

The Patriots released a statement minutes later reiterating their support for Gordon and his health and they added that his health “is a personal and private matter which we intend to respect.” In other words, they will NOT be commenting on this any further.

Tom Pelissaro announced shortly after that, that Gordon was told by the league that he was facing an additional suspension for failing a drug test and that he just acted before the league’s ruling was announced. Gordon played 57 of 63 offensive snaps on Sunday against the Steelers.

In 11 games with the Patriots, Gordon totaled 40 receptions for 720 yards and three touchdowns.

What fans should keep in mind, the Patriots issues at wide receiver for the remainder of the season take a far back seat to a man’s long-term health. We’ll address later on how the team can work around his absence for the rest of the season. But for now, the focus is on the man, not the player.

Gordon has long suffered with mental health issues which go hand-in-hand with drug issues, not the other way around.

The news broke as we were recording our weekly podcast and once that is released, we will have more on how the Patriots can adjust their offense.


Posted Under: Patriots Twitter
Tags: Bill Belichick Cleveland Browns drug use josh gordon mental health issues New England Patriots Patriots wide receivers Robert Kraft Suspension


  • Comments are closed.

  • More News Headlines:

    ICYMI PHOTO: Julian Edelman Sings Alongside Lionel Richie At Robert Kraft’s Birthday

    ICYMI PHOTO: Julian Edelman Sings Alongside Lionel Richie At Robert Kraft’s Birthday

    By: Robert Alvarez
    Julian Edelman spotted singing and dancing with pop artist Lionel Richie at Robert Kraft's 80th birthday party.
    2 days ago
    Best Of Social Media: Sights and Sounds From Day 3 and 4 Of Training Camp

    Best Of Social Media: Sights and Sounds From Day 3 and 4 Of Training Camp

    By: Robert Alvarez
    The best sights and sounds shared over social media from Friday and Saturday's Patriots training camp sessions.
    3 days ago
    New England Patriots News August 1, Training Camp Notebook

    New England Patriots News August 1, Training Camp Notebook

    By: Steve Balestrieri
    Newton told the media, “ever since I’ve been here, it’s been a quarterback competition,” he said. “That, in essence, is the Patriot Way,”
    4 days ago
    Best Of Social Media: Sights and Sounds From Day 2 Of Training Camp

    Best Of Social Media: Sights and Sounds From Day 2 Of Training Camp

    By: Robert Alvarez
    The best social media soundbites and photos from the second Patriots training camp practice session.
    6 days ago
    Patriots Stidham Reportedly Sidelined By Shoulder Ailment

    Patriots Stidham Reportedly Sidelined By Shoulder Ailment

    By: Ian Logue
    When Patriots quarterback Jarrett Stidham's name popped up on the PUP list to start training camp, it certainly caught everyone's attention given the club's QB…
    6 days ago
    Search For Links: - CLOSE
    For searches with multiple players
    add commas (Ex: "Bill Belichick, Devin McCourty")