Josh Gordon’s life continued its seemingly inexorable downward spiral Saturday with his arrest in North Carolina for DUI. With Gordon already facing a one-year suspension for previous drug problems, the receiver’s football career is obviously up in the air. But one former Gordon teammate says we need to forget about Gordon’s football life and worry about his actual physical human life.
D’Qwell Jackson, who played with Gordon last year in Cleveland, took to Twitter with an appeal to the people in Gordon’s life to help him pull himself out of his apparent tailspin.
If you’re close to Josh Gordon please help this kid, it’s not about football anymore it’s about picking up the pieces of his life.
— D’Qwell Jackson (@DQ52) July 5, 2014
Jackson clearly believes that Gordon is profoundly troubled and in need of guidance, and after everything that’s gone on in Gordon’s life recently, it’s hard to disagree with that assessment.
Indeed, if Gordon doesn’t get his off-field life straightened out, he will have no football career to worry about. The way things are going now, it’s looking more and more like Gordon will be out of the NFL for an extended period of time.
Then again, never rule out the possibility of redemption. Michael Vick came back from prison, so Josh Gordon can come back from whatever is eating away at his soul. But he will first need to get control of his personal behavior and above all put down whatever substances he is allowing to run his life.