The off-field troubles for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon continue.
Gordon was arrested on a charge of driving while impaired in Raleigh, N.C., early Saturday morning. Raleigh Police spokesman Jim Sughrue told USA TODAY Sports that Gordon was pulled over just before 3 a.m. for driving 50 mph in a 35 mph zone, and was subsequently arrested for DWI.
Gordon, who listed a Cleveland address, was taken to the Wake County Detention Center.
“We are aware of the matter and are disappointed to learn of this situation,” Browns general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement. “We will comment further at the appropriate time.”
This is just the latest in a string of off-field issues for the talented wide receiver, who led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards last year despite missing two games while serving a drug-related suspension. He is currently facing a ban of at least one year under the league’s drug policy, pending appeal.
The Browns were hoping to know the outcome of Gordon’s appeal by the time players report to training camp in three weeks.
The Browns selected Gordon in the 2012 supplemental draft, knowing he had drug issues while in college at Baylor and Utah. It was a high-risk, high-reward type of move, and the Browns have now experienced both.
Gordon has flashed immense talent when he’s been allowed to play as the rare type of big and fast receiver that can truly take the top off a defense. But he’s also caused many headaches, now for multiple coaching staff and front office regimes, in Berea, Ohio.
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SOURCE: USA Today
Lindsay H. Jones