Already in trouble with the National Football League for a reported failed drug test, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was issued a speeding ticket over the Memorial Day holiday weekend in Strongsville.
According to the citation, Gordon's 2014 grey Mercedes-Benz SUV was clocked going 74 miles an hour in a 60-mile-per-hour zone north of state route 82 on Interstate 71 North at 9:43 p.m. on Sunday, May 25.
Gordon is summoned to appear in court on Wednesday, June 4 to dispute the citation.
"We are gathering information regarding the situation," Browns general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement released by the team. "We will not have any further comment until the appropriate time."
In addition to his speeding ticket, Gordon's passenger was issued a citation for possession of marijuana in an amount under 200 grams during the traffic stop. The marijuana was found in a blue bag with identification, and Gordon's passenger admitted it was theirs on the scene.
Gordon is subject to an indefinite suspension for a failed drug test, according to reports that surfaced on ESPN's Outside The Lines on Friday, May 9.
Last season, Gordon missed the Browns' first two games because of a drug-related suspension, but came back with a vengeance and finished the year as the NFL's leader in receiving yards.
Despite playing with three different starting quarterbacks and missing those first two games, Gordon caught 87 passes for a team-record, and NFL-best, 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns. He led the league in receiving yards, yards-per-game (117.6), longest reception (95-yard touchdown against Jacksonville on Dec. 1), and longest touchdown catch.
The loss of Gordon would be a big blow for a player who had high hopes for himself in 2014.
"If not the same, hopefully better," Gordon said of his expectations for 2014 during mini-camp last month. "That's all I can expect to do, just build on what I've already done and wish for the best. It's a great offense, wide-receiver friendly. Receivers in this offense, they lead the league in receptions all the time, so I'm expecting big things.
"I think you can always top it. There's no peak to any potential or with what you've done before say, 'That's as much as you can do.' You can always build on top of that."
In 2013, Gordon set team records for receiving yards in a season, 100-yard receiving games in a season (seven), and had the best two-, three-, and four-game receiving yardage totals in NFL history.
"You're very glad he's wearing the same jersey," Browns coach Mike Pettine said after mini-camp. "He's a special player. I think he's a guy that can change the game, and defensively, you're always going to evaluate the wide outs and if this is a guy we have to double-team.
"He certainly put it on tape last year, and has shown more than a few flashes of it in these three days of that ability. I think that affects a defense. He could have a very low production game if teams are just rolling their coverage to him, but the affect that that has on the rest of the defense, (is) the benefit that you have offensively."
Gordon earned his first invitation to the Pro Bowl and All-Pro status following his second NFL season, which he said provided him with motivation to continue working hard during the offseason in order to build his name on the football field.
"Going to the Pro Bowl, being selected All-Pro, things like that just give you a lot more motivation to show you can go out there and do it again, build a career, build a resume and just accolades and good things not only individually, but hopefully, compile wins on top of that for the team," Gordon said.