Josh Gordon takes leave from Patriots, reportedly facing permanent ban
Josh Gordon announced in a statement via Twitter that he is leaving the New England Patriots to focus on his mental health. Subsequent reporting also indicates Gordon’s NFL career could be in serious jeopardy.
pic.twitter.com/omiQgO8IjE— Flash Gordon (@JOSH_GORDONXII) December 20, 2018
“I take my mental health very seriously at this point to ensure I remain able to perform at the highest level,” Gordon’s statement reads. “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. I would like to thank Coach Belichick, Mr. Kraft, as well as countless others within the Patriots organization for their continued support. I want to thank my fans for their support as well as I continue down the path getting back to 100%.”
Meanwhile, NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero reports that Gordon is facing another potential indefinite suspension due to a violation of the terms of his reinstatement under the substance abuse policy.
#Patriots WR Josh Gordon is facing another indefinite suspension for violating terms of his reinstatement under the substance abuse policy, per source. He announced today he’s stepping away to address his mental health.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 20, 2018
NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport followed up on Pelissero’s reporting by adding that Gordon is facing a permanent ban.
This is going to banishment. Very sad. Another long road back. https://t.co/gqlp3wPSwQ— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 20, 2018
Gordon also stepped away during training camp with the Cleveland Browns ahead of this season to focus on mental health issues. He was later traded to the New England Patriots, where in 11 games the wide receiver had 40 receptions for 720 yards and three touchdowns.
It remains to be seen whether or not Gordon, who has battled substance and mental health issues throughout his career, has played in his last NFL game. It certainly does not look good at this point.