Josh Gordon has been arrested again, casting doubt on the future the talented but troubled Cleveland Browns wide receiver.
Gordon was taken into custody in Raleigh, North Carolina, in the early morning hours on Saturday. Police said he was going 50 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone on U.S. 70. Raleigh police captain Tommy Klein also told ESPN that Gordon was “appreciably impaired.”
The Cleveland Browns have not issued an official statement on Josh Gordon’s arrest, but general manager Ray Farmer said the team is aware of the arrest and that he is disappointed.
Josh Gordon is already facing a suspension for the entire 2014 NFL season for a second failed drug test. Gordon was suspended for two games in the 2013 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. At the time he blamed the failed test on codeine.
“The fact that it happened, it was beyond me,” he said. “It’s one of those things you just really can’t control. It was just part of the consequences that came with it and I have to deal with it. I plan to move forward from this point on and I look forward to this upcoming season.”
Last month, Gordon pleaded not guilty to driving 74 miles per hour in a 60 mile per hour zone on May 25. Police cited Gordon’s passenger for marijuana possession.
Any hopes Josh Gordon had of appealing the upcoming suspension may have been lost with the most recent arrest. He was scheduled to appear before the league later this month for an appeal hearing.
Confirmed #Browns WR Josh Gordon Arrested By Raleigh, NC Police. Jail Has Booked & Processed Him
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Gordon, who also failed three drug tests in college, testing positive for marijuana, said after last year’s failed test that he was working to improve himself.
“I’m still working towards it but that’s something that’s in the past,” he said. “It’s still going to loom over me for a long time. I still have a long way to go, a lot to prove to the fans here, to the people here. But regarding this, it’s just another obstacle in my way of getting there.”
The latest arrest is also considered a blow to his long-term future in the league. Josh Gordon had 87 catches for 1,646 yards last year, and set a record as the first player ever to notch back-to-back 200-yard receiving games.