Anybody familiar with the NFL knows the cautionary tale of Josh Gordon. The talented wide receiver was taken in the second round of the supplementary draft back in 2012, due to some off-the-field concerns.
Well, it’s safe to say some of those concerns proved prophetic, as the skillful Gordon has been suspended for the majority of his NFL career. The only reason he remains around, however, is because of the nature of his suspensions—they all stem from Gordon smoking a little reefer.
While the NFL maintains a rigid stance on tokers, facts are facts—smoking weed just isn’t the ‘heinous’ crime it used to be. So teams were naturally willing to take a flyer on the oft-banned receiver once the Browns said they were going to cut ties with him. Of course, the New England Patriots—a team notorious for giving troubled players a second chance—were quick to shell out a fifth-round pick for the wideout.
One of the Patriot’s biggest, and arguably most well-known fan—Barstool Sports Founder, Dave ‘El Presidente’ Portnoy—was nevertheless thrilled with the acquisition of the 27-year-old wideout, who caught a monstrous 87 passes for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in just 14 games back in 2013.
He even proposed to do the unthinkable—stop smoking weed on behalf of the serial toker.
President of Barstool Sports Will Stop Smoking Weed for Josh Gordon
During one of Portnoy’s classic Emergency Press Conferences, the Barstool President announced his ambitious goal for the remainder of the NFL season.
While smoking a joint, one that he dubbed the final one at Barstool HQ, Portnoy described his “show of solidarity.”
“This is a show of solidarity to Josh Gordon, that there will be no more drugs done in this office,” Prez said. “I will no longer smoke weed. Why? One for all, all for one, we welcome Josh Gordon to New England.”
EMERGENCY PRESS CONFERENCE: Josh Gordon is a New England Patriot pic.twitter.com/5uXaIj5Ac6
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) September 17, 2018
“Ten years we couldn’t get this guy clean. I guarantee one day we’ll get this guy shaped up, All-Pro, he will lead the league for the rest of the season,” he added.
Josh Gordon’s Weed-Induced Trouble
After his record-breaking 2013 campaign, Gordon was suspended for the entire 2014 season for smoking weed, but the ban was later reduced to a 10-game suspension.
Then, Gordon faced a legitimate one-year suspension in 2015, after failing yet another drug test. He was reinstated the following season, but not before facing another four-game ban. He eventually checked himself into an in-patient rehabilitation program, which caused him to miss the remainder of that season as well.
In March 2017, Gordon re-applied for reinstatement but was initially denied. He finally returned to the team in their Week 13 matchup against the LA Chargers.
This season will mark the first campaign since his inaugural season that Gordon does not face suspension. If he manages to follow the ‘Patriot way’, Gordon has a chance to play in all 16 contests for the first time since 2012.
If the prospects of being in Super Bowl contention for the first time in his career isn’t enough to get Gordon to stop toking, perhaps Portnoy’s “show of solidarity” will.
But let’s just attack the elephant in the room here—could you quit smoking weed if you were forced to play for the Cleveland Browns?