I wish I knew how to help Josh Gordon. From most accounts, Gordon is a decent guy but simply has an incredibly bad issue with drugs. The NFL stated on Friday that Gordon has once again been suspended indefinitely for whatever personal demons Gordon is dealing with. The question isn’t whether Josh Gordon plays football again but simply how well he can function as a human being.
As it turns out, Gordon was suspended for the entire 2020 season. The Seahawks re-signed him for this season but that was all based on whether Gordon could be re-instated by the NFL. For a few shorts days late in the year, Gordon was. But just before he was set to play for Seattle again, Gordon was suspended.
The NFL does not release specifically what the issues are behind a player’s suspension. With Josh Gordon, it is assumed, and potentially incorrectly, that his issues have something to do with marijuana. But marijuana is no longer the issue it once was for the NFL so maybe Gordon’s latest suspension has nothing to do with that.
Josh Gordon likely to not play for the Seahawks again
But it now appears less and less likely that Gordon will ever play football again. He is only 29 years old and his body has not taken consistent physical punishment from NFL defenders, but can a team really ever trust him to stay clean? At this point, the answer is no.
Seattle could have used Gordon as a very talented and viable third option at receiver this season. D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett were great, but add Gordon to the mix and the offense would be even better.
But football fans shouldn’t worry about whether Josh Gordon plays football again. The concern should be about him as a human being. If Gordon does play for the Seahawks again, great. But if he is able to stay clean forever, that would be much better and much more meaningful.