New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon has announced that he is “stepping away from the football field” to focus on his mental health.
Gordon revealed his decision on Twitter:
— Flash Gordon (@JOSH_GORDONXII) December 20, 2018
Gordon is facing a potential suspension for violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement under the NFL’s drug policy. The final punishment has yet to be decided, but the expectation is that Gordon will not play again this season.
Gordon missed the start of Cleveland Browns training camp this season to seek counseling for mental health and anxiety issues. He rejoined the team three weeks later and played in one game before being traded. He did not play at all in 2015 or 2016 due to multiple violations of the NFL substance abuse policy and was officially suspended on four different occasions for substance abuse issues.
In 2013, Gordon led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards, scored nine touchdowns and was named a first-team All-Pro. In his 11 games with the Patriots, he totaled 40 receptions for 720 yards and three touchdowns.