CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been on the wrong side of NFL drug-testing rules on multiple occasions, but now, he finds himself in the midst of a legal battle after failing to respond to subpoenas from a Cuyahoga County Court.
In the midst of his fourth NFL-mandated suspension because of failed drug tests, Gordon had a warrant issued for his arrest because of his failure to take a paternity test in response to a complaint filed on July 2, 2015.
“I hope not,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said when asked if this warrant would affect Gordon’s status with the NFL. “Until I know more about it -- I’m not the judge, the jury on any of this -- all I do is support and let’s make sure we do the right thing, whatever that is pertaining to the situation. Hopefully, this will be wrapped up sooner rather than later too.”
According to multiple reports, Gordon has since complied with the subpoenas and had the warrant rescinded.
Currently, Gordon is expected to return to the Browns in the week leading up to their game against the New England Patriots at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 9.
Gordon was conditionally reinstated to the National Football League after serving a 17-month suspension for multiple failed drug tests. Although Gordon will miss the first four games of the regular season because of a suspension, he has been eligible to compete in the preseason and training camp and attend team meetings.
Since joining the Browns through a second-round pick in the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft, Gordon has turned 161 passes into 2,754 yards and 14 touchdowns. A Pro Bowl player in 2013, Gordon set a franchise record with an NFL-best 1,646 yards on 87 receptions with nine touchdowns. His yardage total, average yards per game (117.6), 18.9 yards per reception and 95-yard touchdown were NFL bests.
However, Gordon has been suspended for 29 of the last 34 games, and will be out for another two before being eligible to play again.
“He still is doing well in my opinion,” Jackson said. “I don’t know all the inner workings of that, but I know here in this building. I can’t tell you about everything that goes on outside this building, but I know in this building, in our meetings with me, with our coaches, with the players, he has been outstanding.
“That is what I have to judge on. Now, we will find out about this other part and know a little bit more about it as we move forward, but I have nothing but great things to say about Josh.”