Josh Gordon says coaches helped him pass drug tests

Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon looked like one of the best young receivers in the National Football League before a number of drug issues led to his suspension. Gordon said he felt this was a good way for him to deal with his past in the public eye, perhaps as a way to warn others of the troubles that can arise once you get mixed up in drugs and alcohol.

Gordon, 26, has played in only 35 NFL games since he was selected by the Browns in the second round of the 2012 NFL Supplemental draft.

"I've used alcohol on many, many occasions, Xanax on many occasions, cocaine several occasions, marijuana most of my life, codeine, cough syrup...methazine is very prevalent where I'm from. It's what I grew up using".

In this revealing piece with Uninterrupted, Gordon reveals many shocking details about his use of drugs off the field, how it was covered up in college, and what he's now doing in hopes of getting his life back on track. He has been suspended indefinitely since previous year and hasn't played in a game since 2014.

Gordon was released from rehab in late September.

"Not too long after I got arrested for possession of marijuana at Baylor, one of my coaches had come by saying, 'You're gonna get drug tested by the compliance office. I had a bunch of good, gourmet meals and took a little break and then got right back to work and then led the league in receiving yards". "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", Gordon said.

Gordon played at Baylor in 2009 and 2010 before being indefinitely suspended by coach Art Briles for a second failed drug test in July 2011.

"That was my first real experience of that authority not really being taken serious because it was kind of being guided by somebody employed by the same university", Gordon says in the video. Gordon wound up with 87 catches for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns while breaking a few records along the way. The teammate was kicked off the team, while Gordon was suspended.

Gordon is now eligible to re-apply for reinstatement in the NFL, but first he wants to continue focusing on himself before giving football another go.



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