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Josh Gordon denies report Patriots are paying for inpatient treatment

Josh Gordon surfaced on social media Tuesday to refute a report indicating the New England Patriots, after spending 11 games with the team this season, are paying for his current inpatient treatment.

NESN’s Doug Kyed reported earlier this week that Gordon is seeking treatment at an inpatient facility in Gainesville, Fla., per a source, who added that the former Patriots wide receiver was also spotted at a gym working out in Gainesville as well.

Gordon reacted on Instagram to a Bleacher Report article concerning how the Patriots were purportedly footing the bill for his treatment. Expressing appreciation for the support he’s received — “as well as the criticism,” he writes — Gordon suggests the media was “fed another false report.”

Gordon adds in his social media dispatch that reporters should “feel free to reach out to me or my representative,” information that can be found via the NFL Players Association.

On Dec. 20, Gordon announced he was stepping away from football to focus on his mental health. The NFL later announced Gordon had been suspended indefinitely for violating the terms of his reinstatement under the league’s substance-abuse policy.

Gordon has battled mental health and substance abuse issues throughout his football career. He has been suspended four different times since being selected by the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the 2012 Supplemental Draft, including for the entire 2015 season. Gordon did not play at all during the 2016 season, either, after being reinstated by the NFL ahead of training camp.

All told, Gordon has played in only 22 games over the past five seasons. Gordon conceivably could have played his last NFL game as his latest indefinite suspension may result in banishment from the league.