Josh Gordon explains how Baylor coaches helped him pass drug tests

Frederick Owens
October 12, 2017

Gordon admitted to using several drugs including Xanax, cocaine, and codeine in addition to marijuana and admitted his first trip to rehab in 2014 was just a "publicity stunt". But now, in a short documentary for LeBron James' Uninterrupted digital video company, Gordon finally is admitting to his substance-abuse problems in his attempt to return to the field.

"That was my first experience with getting over on the system and that authority not really being taken seriously, because it was kind of being guided by somebody that's employed by the same university", says Gordon in the film.

Gordon truly does sound remorseful and intent on getting his life back on track, but this is more startling news about Baylor following other recent scandals. Gordon said in the documentary, "You're willing to throw away everything you ever worked hard for, everything you ever had out of life". The league granted him conditional reinstatement in July 2016, but Gordon elected to leave the team and check into a rehab facility. "I mean, I've been enabled by coaches, teachers, professors; everybody pretty much gave me a second chance because of my ability".

Gordon struggled with drug use during his time in college, but the Browns used a supplemental draft pick to get Gordon.

He recounts the many times he used - and abused - drugs, and talked about how his failed drug tests were covered up by coaches at Baylor, which may be the most shocking yet unsurprising revelation of this entire piece. "I'm able to give this message and this opportunity for you to learn from my mistakes and for me to tell them my story".

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Gordon played at Baylor in 2009 and 2010 before being indefinitely suspended by coach Art Briles for a second failed drug test in July 2011. I had a bunch of gourmet meals and took a little break. Gordon was suspended, while his teammate was kicked off the team.

"I need to live out my amends".

"And then just something clicked in my head at that point, it's like 'man, you did it again".

Gordon's narrative in this video contradicts his previous first-person statement online, when he said he wrote in an open letter on The Cauldron that he was given a year-long suspension for the 2015 season because he had four drinks on a plane.

Gordon has grown to respect National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell despite all the suspensions.

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