Suspended Browns receiver Gordon details drug use, hopes for comeback

Published: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 @ 1:23 PM


            FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Browns’ Josh Gordon (12) streteches before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. Revealing he was scared for my life, suspended Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is making his case to be reinstated by the NFL. Gordon, who was indefinitely suspended by the league before the 2015 season following another violation of the leagues substance-abuse policy, detailed his life-long drug abuse, the depths of his addiction and determination to turn his life around in a video released Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, on Uninterrupted, a media platform for athletes produced by NBA star LeBron James. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Browns’ Josh Gordon (12) streteches before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. Revealing he was scared for my life, suspended Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is making his case to be reinstated by the NFL. Gordon, who was indefinitely suspended by the league before the 2015 season following another violation of the leagues substance-abuse policy, detailed his life-long drug abuse, the depths of his addiction and determination to turn his life around in a video released Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, on Uninterrupted, a media platform for athletes produced by NBA star LeBron James. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)

Revealing he was scared for his life because of another drug relapse, suspended Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is making his case to be reinstated by the NFL.

Gordon detailed years of substance use, the depths of his addiction and his determination to turn his life around during a 13-minute video released Tuesday on the website Uninterrupted.

The former All-Pro who led the league in yards receiving in 2013 was indefinitely suspended by Commissioner Roger Goodell two years ago following another violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy and missed Cleveland’s last 38 games.

He’s had numerous stints in rehab — most of which he said he didn’t take seriously — and the 26-year-old Gordon can re-apply to the league this fall.

In the meantime, Gordon, who was interviewed during a recent three-day leave from the Florida Recovery Center after 70 days in the facility, said he’s changed.

“Honestly the whole experience has been humbling and it’s humbling every day. Brutally so,” Gordon said. “A dose of reality for sure, when you’re put in a position to be constricted socially, financially, just all resources exhausted, the ego is diminished to just about nil. The only thing I know I have to go off of is my faith, family and my ability with football.”

A league spokesman did not immediately respond to an inquiry on Gordon’s status.

Gordon said he’s had several candid conversations with Goodell, who will determine his professional future.

“He gets a bad rap, because people don’t understand him and they don’t know him,” Gordon said. “But for me, he’s a great guy. He’s a great man, he’s been a friend to me. He’s been a mentor to me in a way in which he may not even understand.”

Gordon said his drug use has been enabled by coaches and teachers dating back to college “just because of my ability.”

“I’ve used alcohol many, many occasions,” he said. “Xanax, many occasions. Cocaine, several occasions. Marijuana, most of my life. Codeine cough syrup, promethazine, very prevalent from where I’m from. It’s what I grew up using.”

After he got arrested for marijuana possession at Baylor, one of Gordon’s coaches provided him with “bottles of detox” to helped him pass drug tests, he said.

After his first suspension as a pro, Gordon entered rehab but acknowledged it was simply a publicity stunt to pacify the media and fans.

“I was there for 14, 15 days. It was a joke,” he said. “It was pretty much a vacation. I had a bunch of good, gourmet meals and took a little break and then got right back to work and then led the league in receiving yards.”

Gordon finished with 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013.

He was suspended for 10 games in 2014 following a DUI arrest. When he returned, Gordon recalled, he missed a team meeting before the season finale and when he got to the airport, he was told by then-general manager Ray Farmer that he wasn’t going with the Browns to Baltimore.

“I was watching the plane go off,” Gordon said. “I was like: ‘Well, F it. Let’s go home. Let’s party.’”

Gordon was suspended for all of 2015, when he fell into a disturbingly dark place. He wandered the streets of Gainesville, Florida, looking for drugs.

“I just began to have a flashback and remembered all the negative things that have happened in my life that transpired,” he said. “And then just something clicked in my head, it’s like, ‘Man, you did it again, you’re willing to throw away everything you ever work hard for, everything you ever had out of life.’

“It’s so strange, but I just had a desire to stop, I had the desire to get help, invest myself 100 percent into whatever was going to help save my life.”

HS Results 1/19: Versailles’ Ahrens sets MAC all-time scoring record

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 11:40 PM

Ohio State commit Justin Ahrens scored his 1,776th career point to set the all-time scoring record for the Midwest Athletic Conference.

The Versailles boys basketball team routed Fort Recovery 73-46 in the effort.

Ahrens tallied a triple double in the win with 38 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

The previous record was held by Versailles’ Kyle Gehle with 1,744 set in 2004.

Boys Basketball

Beavercreek 43, Miamisburg 39: Jayme Johnson and Evan Saylor each tallied 10 points in the win. Corey Hartman put up 14 for ‘Burg.

Northmont 78, Piqua 71, OT: Jabari Perkins recorded 25 points in the Northmont victory. Quirri Tucker countered with 30 points for Piqua.

Sidney 65, Fairborn 44: Andre Gordon led all scorers with 20 points for Sidney. Shawn Monroe added 18 to his season total in the loss.

Stebbins 66, Tippecanoe 51: Jonathan Mpanzu scored a season high 27 points in Stebbins’ eighth win of the season. Caiden Smith put up 11 points in the Tipp loss.

Wayne 81, Springboro 53: Wayne moves to 12-0 with the win. Darius Quisenberry shot for 22 points, while Deshon Parker added on 21. Willieon Yates, Noah Moser and Garett Powell all scored 10 in the loss.

Xenia 92, Greenville 76: Samari Curtis added 34 points to his season total, bringing it to 439 all year. Noah Walker had 26 in Greenville’s losing effort.

Oak Hills 60, Hamilton 56: D’Marco Howard recorded 20 points, seven rebounds and two assists in the loss.

Greenon 61, Mechanicsburg 44: Trevor Anderson shot for 100% from the free throw line, tallying 19 points on the night. Chris Taylor had 17 for ‘Burg in the loss.

Edgewood 47, Harrison 32: Garrett Gabbard put up 14 points in the win.

Little Miami 64, Talawanda 60: Evan James netted a double double with 25 points and 10 rebounds in the loss James also added on six assists.

Ross 62, Mount Healthy 55: Landon Angel continued his streak of leading Ross with 27 points and seven rebounds.

Madison 57, Milton-Union: William Morris shot for 12 points in the loss.

Oakwood 67, Brookville 57: Wade Turner had 16 points in the Brookville loss. Jesse McGriff chipped in 15 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Preble Shawnee 70, Carlisle 50: Austin Moore led PS with 21 points. Justin Flor tallied 26 of Carlisle’s 50 in the loss.

Valley View 76, Bellbrook 59: Ben Herman scored a career high 38 points in the VV win. Jack Campbell put up 16 for Bellbrook.

Greeneview 39, Fairbanks 38: Gabe Caudill short for 15 points in the win.

Triad 76, Cedarville 61: Hadley LeVan added 34 points to his season total, shooting for eight from the three point line. Jate Bradley put up 29 points in the losing effort.

West Liberty-Salem 62, Southeastern 38: Neil Markin netted 15 points to lead WLS in the win. Owen Flannery sunk 12 for Southwestern.

Carroll 49, Roger Bacon 46: Eli Ramsey netted 27 points for Carroll in the win.

Purcell Marian 50, Alter 36: Connor Bazelak tallied 12 points in the loss.

Ansonia 52, National Trail 48: Devin Sink sunk 22 points for Ansonia, while Hunter Muir added on 19. NT was led by Cameron Harrison with 21.

Bethel 62, Miami East 49: Bethel’s Caleb South scored 21 points to lead in the win. Austin Rutledge countered with 17 points in the loss.

Mississinawa Valley 51, Arcanum 42: Ethan Bowman netted 21 points, including the last seven scored, to lead MV and all scorers. Carter Gray had 18 for Arcanum.

Tri County North 62, Tri-Village 50: Dillon McCullough tallied 25 points in TCN’s win. Jared Buckley scored 15 for Tri-Village.

Twin Valley South 70, Newton 64: Travis Lovely recorded 24 points for TVS. Treg Jackson put up 17 points in the loss.

Dayton Christian 60, Legacy Christian 45: Matt Welker dropped a game high 21 points in the win, while Anton Webb tacked on a double double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Ashton Burke led Legacy Christian.

Belmont 59, Stivers 52: Kendall Moore led Belmont with 12 points in the win. Trevon Ellis with 25 points in the loss.

Ponitz 72, Thurgood 68: Demonte Bailey recorded a double double with 26 points and 17 rebounds for Ponitz.

Cincinnati Christian 51, Norwood 48: Cameron Rogers netted 13 points in the win.

New Miami 73, MVCA 60: Trey Robinette tallied 23 points in the winning effort. Deanza Duncan chipped in 21.

Fort Loramie 77, Botkins 37: Evan Berning led all scorers with 18 points. Connor Smock and Tyler Free combined for 18 points with nine each in the loss.

Delphos St. John’s 53, Coldwater 50, OT: Cole Frilling had 17 points in the loss. Derek Albers tacked on a double double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Minster 48, New Bremen 43: Mike Ketner scored 10 points in the Minster win. Nolan Bornhorst dropped 15 points for NB.

St. Henry 69, New Knoxville 37: Ryan Luttmer netted 19 points in the win. Nathan Tinnerman had 12 for NK.

Boys Bowling

Northeastern 2459, West Liberty-Salem 2231: Isaac Riblet rolled a 216 to lead WLS in the loss. Andrew McCall tacked on a 197.

Girls Bowling

West Liberty-Salem 1797, Northeastern 1430: Katie Rollins led the team with games of 171 and 141 for a 312 series. Rachel Larson tacked on a 253 series in the win.

Swimming

Bellefontaine Quad: The Indian Lake boys team finished 2nd overall, while the girls took home 3rd. The 200 boys freestyle relay team of Caden Paavola, Jacob Zarnosky, Ryan Braig and Addison Wagner took home 1st in their event.

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MLS SuperDraft: Wright State’s AJ Paterson selected in second round

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 4:54 PM

AJ Paterson (16) looks to turn the ball up the pitch as UIC’s Max Todd moves in to apply pressure during first half action of the Horizon League men’s soccer championship game Saturday night at Alumni Field. John Cummings/Contributed photo
Contributing Writer
AJ Paterson (16) looks to turn the ball up the pitch as UIC’s Max Todd moves in to apply pressure during first half action of the Horizon League men’s soccer championship game Saturday night at Alumni Field. John Cummings/Contributed photo(Contributing Writer)

Wright State senior AJ Paterson became the school’s third soccer player in two years to be selected in the MLS SuperDraft when the New York City Football Club picked the midfielder in the second round.

A Key Largo, Fla., native, Paterson was the 2017 Horizon League Player of the Year as well as a first-team Great Lakes Region and first-team All-Ohio selection.

He was one of 60 players from across the country who participated in the MLS Adidas Player Draft Combine in Orlando last week, and NYFC selected him with the 19th pick of the second round (42nd overall).

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“AJ Paterson deserves all that is coming his way,” WSU head coach Bryan Davis said. “My father once told me ‘every great thing that’s been earned requires risk.’ AJ took a risk committing to an exciting yet growing program, leaving Florida for Ohio. He let us coach him the whole way, and here he is today, a second-round pick in the SuperDraft.

“It couldn’t of happened to a better man, and I am excited to see him progress in his future,” Davis added.

Paterson appeared in 76 games with 47 starts during his WSU career.

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He follows former Raiders teammates Jake Stovall and Peguy Ngatcha as MLS SuperDraft selections. The Seattle Sounders took Stovall in the third round of the 2017 draft, while theh Colorado Rapids drafted Ngatcha in the fourth round last year.

The only other WSU player to be drafted by an MLS team was Winston Marshall, a third-round pick of the FC Dallas Burn in 2005.

 

Photo gallery: Springfield at Fairmont boys basketball

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 11:49 PM

Sringfield’s Leonard Taylor. Springfield defeated host Fairmont 81-65 in a boys high school basketball game at Trent Arena on Fri., Jan. 19, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
Sringfield’s Leonard Taylor. Springfield defeated host Fairmont 81-65 in a boys high school basketball game at Trent Arena on Fri., Jan. 19, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF(MARC PENDLETON / STAFF)

Leonard Taylor scored 17 points, RaHeim Moss 14 and Michael Wallace added 13 in his most productive effort since returning in midseason from a knee injury as unbeaten Springfield defeated host Fairmont 81-65 in a boys high school basketball game at Trent Arena on Friday night.

Springfield improves to 11-0 and keeps pace with unbeaten and top-ranked Wayne (12-0) as co-leaders of the GWOC National East, both at 6-0. Fairmont (9-5, 4-3) was led by Cade Morgan’s 15 points. Jack Hendricks and Ryan Hall added 13 apiece and Kellan Bochenek 12.

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Sringfield’s Leonard Taylor. Springfield defeated host Fairmont 81-65 in a boys high school basketball game at Trent Arena on Fri., Jan. 19, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

HS Scores 1/19: Wayne adds to win streak, Dunbar drops Meadowdale

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 11:49 PM

Boys Basketball

Friday’s Results

Anna 74, Houston 34

Ansonia 52, National Trail 48: Sink (A) 22; Harrison (NT) 21.

Beavercreek 43, Miamisburg 39: Saylor, Johnson (B) 10; Hartman (M) 14.

Belmont 59, Stivers 52: Ellis (S) 25; Moore (B) 12.

Bethel 62, Miami East 49: Rutledge (ME) 17; South (B) 21.

Butler 70, West Carrollton 52

Centerville 51, Lebanon 29: Shelton (C) 13; Lamb (L) 11.

Cin. Christian 51, Norwood 48: Miarke (N) 16; Rogers (CC) 13.

Dayton Christian 60, Legacy Christian 45: Welker (DC) 21; Burke (LC) 16.

Delphos SJ’s 53, Coldwater 50, OT: Frilling (C) 17.

Dunbar 60, Meadowdale 48

Edgewood 47, Harrison 32: Gabbard (E) 14; Kinnett (H) 10.

Fairlawn 51, Covington 43

Fenwick 61, Badin 56, OT: Luers (F) 23; DeCello (B) 13.

Fort Loramie 77, Botkins 37: Smock (B) 9; Berning (FL) 18.

Franklin 65, Waynesville 60

Franklin Monroe 77, Bradford 43

Graham 45, Tecumseh 40

Greeneview 39, Fairbanks 38: Caudill (G) 15; Nicol (F) 11.

Greenon 61, Mechanicsburg 44: Anderson (G) 19; Taylor (M) 17.

Indian Lake 62, Benjamin Logan 58

Jonathan Alder 59, Kenton Ridge 51: Santa-Emma (JA) 18; Cosby (KR) 17.

Lakota East 58, Lakota West 48: Cox (LE) 17; McCorkle, Wagner (LW) 15.

Lehman Catholic 75, Hardin Northern 26

Little Miami 64, Talawanda 60: Whitacre (LM) 20; James (T) 25.

Madison 57, Milton-Union 30: Morris (MU) 12.

Marion Local 54, Parkway 39

Mason 63, Fairfield 57: Pedelty, Knue (M) 16; Spaulding (F) 13.

McNicholas 62, Chaminade Julienne 48: Reidy (M) 26.

Middletown Christian 72, Yellow Springs 52

Minster 48, New Bremen 43: Barnhorst (NB) 15; Ketner (M) 10.

Mississinawa Valley 51, Arcanum 42: Bowman (MV) 21; Gray (A) 18.

New Miami 73, MVCA 60: Robinette (NM) 23; Lunsby (MVCA) 20.

Northeastern 53, Madison-Plains 48

Northmont 78, Piqua 71, OT: Perkins (N) 25; Tucker (P) 30.

Oak Hills 60, Hamilton 56: Howard (H) 20; Deifel (OH) 20.

Oakwood 67, Brookville 57: Turner (B) 16.

Ponitz 72, Thurgood Marshall 68: Bailey (P) 26.

Preble Shawnee 70, Carlisle 50: Moore (PS) 21; Flor (C) 26.

Purcell Marian 50, Alter 36: Bazelak (A) 12; Taylor (PM) 9.

Ross 62, Mount Healthy 55: Lanier (MH) 14; Angel (R) 27.

Russia 46, Jackson Center 44

Sidney 65, Fairborn 44: Gordon (S) 20; Monroe (F) 18.

Spg. Shawnee 48, Bellefontaine 44

Springfield 81, Fairmont 65: Taylor (S) 17; Morgan (F) 15.

St. Henry 69, New Knoxville 37: Tinnerman (NK) 12; Luttmer (SH) 19.

St. Marys 55, Kenton 47

Stebbins 66, Tippecanoe 51: Mpanzu (S) 27; Smith (T) 11.

Temple Christian 60, Riverside 49

Tri-County North 62, Tri-Village 50: McCullough (TCN) 25; Buckley (TV) 15.

Triad 76, Cedarville 61: Bradley (C) 29; LeVan (T) 34.

Troy Christian 78, Jefferson Township 18

Twin Valley South 70, Newton 64: Jackson (N) 17; Lovely (TVS) 24.

Urbana 71, Northwestern 51

Valley View 76, Bellbrook 59: Herman (VV) 38; Campbell (B) 16.

Versailles 73, Fort Recovery 46: J. Ahrens (V) 38.

Wayne 81, Springboro 53: Quisenberry (W) 22; Moser, Yates, Powell (S) 10.

West Liberty-Salem 62, Southeastern 38: Markin (WLS) 15; Flannery (S) 12.

West Jefferson 57, Catholic Central 44

Xenia 92, Greenville 76: Walker (G) 26; Curtis (X) 34.

Girls Basketball

Thursday’s Results

Anna 54, Houston 36

Ansonia 56, National Trail 41

Arcanum 54, Mississinawa Valley 17: Murphy (MV) 6.

Carroll 49, Roger Bacon 46: Ramsey (C) 27; Bibbs (RB) 14.

Coldwater 75, Delphos St. John’s 40: Hoying (C) 23.

Covington 50, Greenville 33: Whiteman (C) 22; Gilbert (G) 11.

Dunbar 86, Meadowdale 2: Cole (D) 20; Kindred (M) 2.

Fort Loramie 60, Botkins 36

Franklin Monroe 52, Bradford 34: Brumbaugh (FM) 29; Miller (B) 16.

Greeneview 71, Fairbanks 41: Fife, Sweat (G) 18; Stidham (F) 23.

Greenon 50, West Jefferson 32: Ware (G) 25.

Kenton 64, St. Marys 52: Miller (K) 18; Mele (SM) 20.

Lakota West 60, Fairfield 41: Prohaska (LW) 15; Bailey (F) 15.

Legacy Christian 62, Dayton Christian 41: Hess (LC) 21.

Madison 60, Dixie 51: Ruppert (D) 37; Saunders (M) 21.

Marion Local 41, Parkway 28: Koening (ML) 17.

Mechanicsburg 47, Southeastern 34: Schipfer (M) 14; Shepherd (S) 14.

Miami East 43, Bethel 33

Minster 47, New Bremen 44: Pregner (M) 14; Jones (NB) 17.

Monroe 56, Fenwick 43

Newton 68, Twin Valley South 38: McBride (N) 23; Johnson (TVS) 12.

Northeastern 42, Madison Plains 22: Suchland (N) 27.

Oakwood 56, Chaminade Julienne 52: Hapgood (O) 31.

Russia 27, Jackson Center 21: Poling (R) 10; Clark (JC) 7.

St. Henry 47, New Knoxville 38

Tecumseh 66, Northmont 48: Thomas (T) 25; Hoschouer (N) 12.

Triad 59, Catholic Central 50: Vanninen (T) 22.

Tri-Village 56, Tri County North 33: Printz (TV) 17; Stupp (TCN) 24.

Valley View 62, Eaton 35: Stidhman (VV) 15; Dungan (E) 9.

Versailles 44, Fort Recovery 30

West Liberty-Salem 38, Cedarville 35

Wilmington 68, Clinton Massie 49: Jackson (W) 28.

Boys Bowling

Thursday’s Results

Carroll 2435, Monroe 2382

Friday’s Results

Northeastern 2459, West Liberty-Salem 2231

Girls Bowling

Thursday’s Results

Jonathan Alder 2630, Tecumseh 2075

Friday’s Results

West Liberty-Salem 1797, Northeastern 1430

Wrestling

Thursday’s Results

Beavercreek 43, Centerville 26

Coldwater 68, Lima Senior 4

Coldwater 57, Milton Union 18

REPORTING RESULTS

Contact the Cox Media Group Ohio (Dayton Daily News, Springfield News-Sun and Journal-News) with scores and results as soon as possible after varsity high school athletic contests by email only at sports@coxohio.com. Please include any details from your contest that you would like published along with a contact name and phone number. All printed results will be final scores only.

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