Josh Gordon’s NFL career should be the least of anyone’s concerns.
Gordon is not a robot or a football-playing machine. He’s a human being, one who needs all the support and compassion he can get after his announcement Thursday that he’s stepping away from football to “focus on my mental health.”
“I have recently felt like I could have a better grasp on things mentally,” Gordon, a receiver who has spent most of the season with the New England Patriots, said in a statement posted on Twitter. “I would like to thank Coach Belichick, Mr. Kraft, as well as countless others within the Patriots organization for their continued support.
“I want to thank my fans for their support as well as I continue down the path getting back to 100%.”
When or whether Gordon sets foot on a football field again is irrelevant, and the notion that he’s somehow a disappointment is offensive. Gordon has been public about his mental health issues and substance abuse problems, and the NFL confirmed Thursday afternoon that he’d been suspended indefinitely again, this second time for violating the terms of his reinstatement.