Lately it seems like the NFL has been overtaken by the talk of suspensions and other non-football related topics. The most disturbing to me are the ones that include off the field issues such as substance abuse.
Let’s talk about Josh Gordon for a moment. Gordon, who has stolen headlines for the last few offseasons, was drafted in 2012 by the Cleveland Browns and showed tremendous potential. After his first season the general consesus among Browns fans and most NFL fans for that matter, was that he was headed for greatness. He started out his career with 50 receptions, for 805 yards, and 5 touchdowns in his rookie year.
The 2013 season didn’t start out quite as well for Gordon, as he ended up getting suspended the first two games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. He still managed to salvage the season by putting up over 1,000 yards and making it to his first pro-bowl.
That’s when the dream started to unravel because he kept getting into trouble. In 2015, Gordon, basically threw away a major portion of a potentially brilliant career and $1,682,521.00 after the NFL suspended him for a full year. Not to mention a $50,000 workout bonus. Gordon, has been suspended a total of 32 games for violations and has lost a total of $2,900,285 in just 4 NFL seasons.
I know I’m not the only person who watches the NFL and am tired of hearing about players screwing up their opportunities to play, because they won’t give up smoking weed.
If it affects me that much, imagine how it feels for an athlete who has worked his whole life to get into the league but never quite makes the cut, as he watches one of these successful athletes throwing away his career and millions of dollars for something like weed.
Is weed that important?
If you answer yes to this question, you may need to rethink your priorities in life. What is it about weed that is so significant, that it messes up your livelyhood. Something in their life needs to change, friends, environment, management or something that will make them realize smoking weed isn’t worth losing their career.
What’s frightening, is that it’s not just Josh Gordon that seems to have a problem keeping his priorities straight when it comes to smoking weed, there are several other NFL players that have the same problem.
Le’Veon Bell, who is arguably the best all around running back in the league, and was potentially on his way to being an all-time great, has been suspended 2 games in 2015 and is possibly facing 4 games this season.
Aqib Talib suspended 4 games when he was with Tampa, in 2012.
Von Miller suspended 6 games in 2013.
Orlando Scandrick 4 games in 2014.
Aldon Smith 9 games in 2014.
Rolando McClain has been suspended 4 games in 2015 and 10 games in 2016.
Martavis Bryant suspended 4 games 2015 and the entire season in 2016.
All of these talented careers headed down the drain in quick fashion.There are plenty more I could name, but I think you all get the point…
It’s becoming an epidemic that the league needs to address in a hurry.
It is ridiculous what these athletes take advantage of because they have money. There are a lot of people all over the world that would love to be in their shoes, living out a fairy tale existence and making millions by doing something that they love. It seems pointless and astonishing that these otherwise successful men would be willing to watch all of their hard work go up in smoke.