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Josh Gordon discusses drug use, rehab in UNINTERRUPTED documentary

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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is the subject of a 13-minute documentary put together by UNINTERRUPTED. In it, Gordon discusses his drug use — ranging from marijuana and alcohol to cocaine and codeine — his various suspensions, and the path that led him to his current state.

Gordon goes into extreme detail about coaches who helped him try to mask his drug use to remain eligible to play as well as the trip that eventually resulted in his bottoming out and entering rehabilitation.

“I’ve been enabled most of my life honestly,” Gordan says in the film. “I’ve been enabled by coaches, teachers, professors, everybody pretty much gave me a second chance just because of my ability. Not too long after I got arrested for possession of marijuana at Baylor, one of my coaches came by saying ‘you are going to get drug tested by the compliance office. This is how it’s going to work, this is what they are going to do. If they do call you in, here goes these bottles of detox.’ … He showed me how to drink them, showed me how to take them. That was my real first experience with getting over on the system and that authority not really being taken seriously because it was kind of being guided by somebody that’s employed by the same university.’

“I found myself around the city of Gainesville just wandering, looking for a drug dealer,” he continued. ” Looking for people on the street corner, whatever, smelled like weed, somebody that looked like they had something, asking random people, knocking on like smokeshop storefronts seeing where I could find some stuff at. I was just looking for something, some type of relief. I was walking down at 11:30 at nighttime, and that night in particular I couldn’t find anybody with drugs and I just began to have a flashback and remembered all the negative things that have happened in my life that transpired, like what led up to this point? How did it get this bad? Like It’s so dark out here, I’m all alone, what the hell am I doing? I was scared. I was scared for my life.”

Gordon’s latest stint in rehab ended in late September. Multiple reports are circulating which state this documentary was to be released as Gordon applies for reinstatement. The Browns have stated numerous times that they will no longer address the former league-leading receiver until he is reinstated by the NFL.

  • tigersbrowns2

    not sure what to think about this … we’ve been fooled before. we’re definitely not counting on him … i hope he gets it together.

  • Terry Gerberry

    Well done piece by Uninterrupted, thanks for sharing Scott, watched AND listened to whole piece.. if the league lets him back and Browns want him , I’ll take #12 back in a minute.

  • Garry_Owen

    I’m glad you shared this. Saw it earlier today. It definitely puts into perspective the attitude of fans (including me, at times) of “the idiot athlete who willfully trades his future for weed/booze/etc.” While I’m as big of a proponent of personal responsibility and accountability as there is, things are rarely that simple. This is a real person with a very real problem (multiple problems). It’s nice to see the humanity in people that I’m not quick to otherwise understand. I really wish him the best. I hope part of that best might be in a Browns uniform, but that really doesn’t matter.

  • Who is this “we” that you’re talking about? From the looks of things, he’s fighting the demons of alcohol and drugs, and winning. If I we’re running the Browns, I would give him another chance. Why? Because He-Man said so.

  • Harv

    Now hooold on there, babalooey. His agent told us that the codeine-laden cough syrup was for strep throat. And I was thoroughly castigated around these parts for challenging that explanation.

    I’m sure this will raise some hope for his comeback. And it’s good if he’s finally starting to get it. But let’s remember most addicts relapse even after they see the light and take rehab seriously. Josh has always talked a good game. Let’s see who he hangs out with, and what he does. This time we’ll need more than shirtless workout pics and assurances from expert-on-all-things Jim Brown

  • tigersbrowns2

    guess i should’ve been said “most of us” ? … “a few of us” ? … i guess everyone should get 5 chances.

  • tigersbrowns2

    good post GARRY

  • Geez

    “…expert-on-all-things Jim Brown”, gotta respect him as a player, but I have very little respect for him as a person. I read that the Amer-I-can (?) gang work was positive, but the domestic violence, outrageous ego, and self-righteousness…

  • Pat Leonard

    Wow, people around here gave you a hard time for thinking the codeine cough syrup was for other reasons? I thought it was pretty clear given where he grew up that he was into the Drank.

  • Pat Leonard

    My understanding is that being in one of those facilities for 180 days going through the program is no joke. JG may not have been very serious about his drug addiction before that point, but it’s clear he’s taking it seriously now. I would like to see him get the opportunity to beat his demons, I’d like it to be with the Browns, and I’d like to see him get the help he needs from the organization when he steps back out into the world.

  • RGB

    Anyone with one toe in reality knew it for sizzurp.


    I consider my guard to be 150% up on Gordon, but at least he’s saying things indicating he’s finally realized that the blame for what’s happened to his career ultimately rests on him. After talking about being enabled, he could very easily have answered the “so you failed a drug test because the coach didn’t show up with the detox?” question differently. But, he showed some contrition and owned up to his choices as being the root problem.

    Football aside, that shows a little more maturity (consider that his first ever big appeal in the NFL was centered on saying the test sample was too low and the NFL’s threshold was unfair, not that he HADN’T ACTUALLY SMOKED WEED–unless you buy the “second hand smoke” defense now in the face of him admitting he regularly used detox as early as college). I hope he gets his life together, football or no football.

    As an aside, though, it pisses me off as a 40-year-old working his ass off to try to get in any kind of shape that there are humans in this world so freaking athletically gifted that they can still do some of the stuff Josh is doing in that training clip having not really worked out with any intensity at all over a long period of time. SOMEHOW I MISSED MY DOSE OF THAT GENETIC ATHLETICISM, DAMN IT.


    I also hope that having a child and having a clear head about what that means will help him. I know it completely changed my perspective, and I was in my mid-30s when I became a father. I can’t imagine not having actually seen your child.

  • humboldt