Josh Gordon‘s personal life and football career have both fallen on hard times. With a suspension for a failed drug test already hanging over his head, the Cleveland Browns wide receiver may have screwed up big time by getting arrested for suspicion of DWI this past weekend.
The odds are that he won’t see the field at all in 2014.
Gordon’s struggles have prompted many to chime in with their opinions on his future in the NFL. One such player to give their take is Tyrann Mathieu, who knows a thing or two about suspensions for substance abuse-related infractions.
Mathieu pointed out that only Gordon truly knows the depths of his situation, and that it will be hard for people to reach him in this dark time.
“Hopefully, he will get the point. Hopefully, he will get the message. But, most of the time it takes people to hit rock bottom for them to start believing in themselves, and start seeking help. A lot of people could reach out to you, but that doesn’t mean you always take that help, take that advice. He just has to want it for himself…I’m still young myself, I don’t know too much about it. I do know that it takes a lot to look in that mirror and fix yourself,” Mathieu said via NFL.com.
The second-year DB is spot on with his assessment. People can try to give Gordon advice, he could even check himself into rehab, but until he decides that it’s time to call it quits on the substances, nothing is really going to change. He’s ultimately the one who has to decide to stop putting substances in his body, because there’s really nothing anyone can say to stop what he does on his own time. People can offer him help, but he’s the one who has to accept the help.
Hopefully this latest incident is in fact rock bottom for the talented WR. As many who have struggled before him have said: ‘you have to sink incredibly low to rise back up.’