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Dr. Drew Josh Gordon Is Abusing Serious Drugs … Gotta Be More Than Weed

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Josh Gordon‘s substance abuse issues run deeper than weed … so says Dr. Drew, who tells TMZ Sports he believes the WR is dealing with something far more serious than pot.

Gordon announced Thursday he’s stepping away from football to focus on his mental health — but the NFL says he violated the league’s substance abuse policy, once again.

Dr. Drew says it just can’t be a weed issue that the Patriots WR is dealing with … telling us Josh is most likely hooked on something much more powerful.

“I’m certain a lot of people think, ‘Could this be cannabis? Could this be pot?’ There’s no way they’d be this harsh with him if it were.”

“It’s gotta be something more here. What he’s talking about and the way he’s talking about it, it sounds like he’s really struggling with something more serious.”

Dr. Drew says he’s happy Josh is taking time away from the game to get sober … but warns if Gordon returns too soon — it could be dire for the superstar wideout.

“It’s a high-risk game for him to be in the NFL. If he returns to work too early, it’s definitely a risk to his sobriety.”

BTW … Dr. Drew also ripped the NFL for it’s handling of players with mental illnesses — telling us Roger Goodell and co. need to learn a lesson from the NBA.

Bill Belichick Hopes Josh Gordon Handles His Issues … ‘Unfortunate Situation’

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Bill Belichick says Josh Gordon‘s departure from the Patriots is “an unfortunate situation” … and the coach is hoping his troubled wideout is able to handle his issues going forward.

“Personally, I wish him the very best as we all do on this team,” Bill told reporters Friday.

Gordon announced Thursday he was stepping away from the Pats to focus on his mental health … just minutes before the NFL announced he violated the league’s substance abuse policy once again.

Belichick declined to get into specifics of Gordon’s problems with media members — callin’ it, “a private matter” — but repeated he hopes the WR gets the help he needs.

“I hope that he’s able to deal with it successfully,” Belichick said.

As for if the Pats will continue to help Josh while he’s away from the team … Bill said, “We’re going to get ready for Buffalo and play Buffalo on Sunday.” 

The Patriots traded for Gordon earlier in the season after the Cleveland Browns decided to cut bait. Over the years, Gordon had been suspended multiple times for substance abuse issues

But, the final straw for Cleveland was when Gordon suffered an injury in Sept. while shooting a promotional video. 

Gordon played 11 games for the Patriots and racked up 40 catches for 720 yards and 3 TDs. 

Josh Gordon ‘Stepping Away’ from Patriots Reportedly Fails Drug Test

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6:43 AM PT — More sad news regarding Gordon … NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero is reporting Gordon violated the league’s substance abuse policy and now faces a suspension.

Unclear of how Gordon failed a test — or failed to show up to take a test. Either way, it’s bad. 

And, with Gordon’s history of failed drug tests during his NFL career, this won’t be a slap on the wrist punishment. 

He’s already missed the entire 2015 and 2016 NFL seasons for substance abuse issues. Unclear what he’s facing this time around. 

Josh Gordon is leaving the New England Patriots — at least, for now — with the star wide receiver saying he needs to focus on his mental health.

“I take my mental health very seriously at this point to ensure I remain able to perform at the highest level,” Gordon said in a statement. 

“I have recently felt like I could have a better grasp on things mentally.”

“With that said, I will be stepping away from the football field for a bit to focus on my mental health.”

“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%.”

This is not the first time Gordon has taken a break from football — the 27-year-old has battled substance abuse issues and has pressed pause on his career to get treatment. 

In fact, before the 2018 season — when Gordon was still a member of the Cleveland Browns — he trained privately away from the team so he could focus on his well-being. 

When he rejoined the Browns, the reunion didn’t last long — he suffered an injury in September during a promotional video shoot — and the team quickly traded him to New England. 

When healthy, Gordon has proven to be a force in the NFL — and made some key plays for the Patriots throughout the 2018 season.  He’s already caught 40 balls and 3 TDs for the Pats in 11 games. 

Now, with 2 games left — and playoff seeding on the line — the Pats will be without Gordon. And that’s a big deal. 

Story developing … 

Ryan Leaf Offers To Help Josh Gordon … ‘I’m Here For Him’

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Ryan Leaf says he’s glad Josh Gordon is stepping away from football to focus on what’s really important — his mental health — and the ex-QB says he’s willing to help if the WR needs him.

Leaf has fought a very public battle with mental illness … and warns Gordon — who left the Pats on Thursday to focus on his mental health — the fight he’s facing is a very difficult one to win.

“This will be the hardest thing he ever does,” Leaf tells TMZ Sports.

“Making it to the NFL for him was easy in comparison to what he has to battle and what he goes through on a daily basis.”

But, Leaf — who’s sobered up and now hosts a sports talk show on SiriusXM — says he’s down to help … and has actually reached out to Josh to make sure the wideout knows that.

“This is really all about surrender and acceptance. Surrendering to something bigger than you and then accepting the help from people who have been through it before.”

“I’ve reached out to Josh and his manager, Michael Johnson, plenty of times, and they know I’m here for him. They know I’m available.”

FYI, Leaf is currently a program ambassador for Transcend Recovery Community and its Mentoring Program … which helps people who are battling substance abuse issues. 

Ryan tells us he’s hopeful Josh can get back on track … and says, “Anybody can do it if I can do it.”