Fantasy Crime League Update: Browns WR Josh Gordon Needs Help Badly
Some of my NFL Fantasy Crime League updates are less surprising than others. Some of my NFL Fantasy Crime League updates are sadder than others, too.
Then there are Fantasy Crime League updates involving Browns wide receiver and native Houstonian Josh Gordon, which are sadly not very surprising (and, not surprisingly, very sad).
It's almost like Josh Gordon warrants his own yet-to-be invented adjective, because no player is more needlessly throwing away a chance at superstardom than Gordon is in Cleveland.
As Gordon awaits the decision from the league on what length suspension his most recent failure of a drug test will net him, along comes this bit of news, courtesy of WKYC in Cleveland:
WKYC has confirmed that Browns receiver Josh Gordon was arrested early this morning in Raleigh, North Carolina for driving while impaired.
In addition to the DUI charge, Gordon was issued a speeding citation for going 50 mph in a 35 mph area.
Gordon was arrested by Raleigh Police Department and then booked in the Wake County Detention Center around 4:00 a.m. Saturday morning.
"We are aware of the matter and are disappointed to learn of this situation," Browns general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement. "We will comment further at the appropriate time."
If there's a "worst possible way" to lay low while the league determines how to punish you for failing a drug test (again), I'd say getting drunk and putting others in danger is probably on the short list. (Unfortunately, Aaron Hernandez never failed a drug test while he was in the league, otherwise, we'd probably have a bar set.)
The sad part, and the part that would seem to indicate Gordon is either really helpless or really stupid, is that Gordon is throwing away a golden opportunity. There was a point during the 2013 season when Gordon was giving us some of the most dominant wide receiver play that we've seen in league history. In Weeks 12 and 13 last season, Gordon became the first player to ever record back-to-back 200 yard receiving games when he went for 237 yards against the Steelers and 261 yards against the Jaguars.
Gordon finished 2013 with a league leading 1,646 yards receiving, despite missing two games with his first drug-related suspension, and was named first team All-Pro, along with Detroit's Calvin Johnson.
And that's with total scrubs at quarterback (no disrespect to titans of the position Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden). With first round draft choice (and resident party boy) Johnny Manziel in the fold, this coming season was going to likely be just as prolific for Gordon, and certainly more interesting.
And now this happens.
Gordon's former teammate, D'Qwell Jackson, who is now with the Colts, tweeted this over the weekend:
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
2014 FANTASY CRIME LEAGUE STANDINGS 1 point .. misdemeanor 3 points .. felony 10 points .. murder
49ERS .. 8 * 3/28/14: 49ers CB Chris Culliver is charged with felony hit and run, misdemeanor reckless driving, and felony possession of brass knuckles. * 4/13/14: 49ers DE Aldon Smith is charged with MISDEMEANOR false report of a bomb threat.
RAVENS .. 6 * 2/14/14: Ravens RB Ray Rice is charged with third degree assault. * 2/21/14: Ravens WR Deonte Thompson is arrested for suspicion of possession of marijuana. * 3/9/14: Ravens OL Jah Reid is arrested on two counts of battery. * 5/26/14: Ravens RB Lorenzo Taliaferro is arrested for public drunkenness (misdemeanor) and destruction of property (misdemeanor).
BILLS .. 6 * 5/7/14: Bills DT Marcell Dareus is arrested for felony possession of synthetic marijuana * 6/3/14: Bills DT Marcell Dareus is arrested for reckless endangerment in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor, as well as reckless driving and participating in an illegal speed contest, both unclassified misdemeanors.
CHIEFS .. 4 * 6/9/14: Chiefs CB Sean Smith is cited for DUI and careless driving.
BEARS .. 3 * 4/21/14: Bears WR Josh Morgan is arrested for simple assault. * 6/20/14: Bears DE Cornelius Washington is arrested for speeding and driving on a suspended license.
BROWNS .. 3 * 7/4/14: Browns WR Josh Gordon is arrested for DUI in North Carolina.
COLTS .. 2 * 3/16/14: Colts owner Jim Irsay is arrested for DUI and possession of a controlled substance (felony), downgraded to two OUI misdemeanor charges.
FALCONS .. 1 * 2/18/14: Falcons WR Roddy White is arrested for failing to appear in court.
TITANS .. 1 * 3/20/14: Titans DE Adewale Ojomo is arrested for solicitation of prostitution.
BENGALS .. 1 * 3/31/14: Bengals FB Orson Charles is charged with wanton endangerment.
RAMS .. 1 * 3/29/14: Rams CB Greg Reid is arrested for violating probation.
PANTHERS .. 1 * 5/13/14: Panthers DE Greg Hardy is arrested for misdemeanor domestic assault.
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