FOXBOROUGH — New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon does not want to talk about his past anymore.
On Friday, the receiver released a statement in which he acknowledged his past issues with substance abuse and the circumstances surrounding his suspension late last season.
The statement reads in part…
“Before the 2019 season starts, I would like to address an issue that arose toward the end of last season,” Gordon wrote in the statement shared via his Twitter account. “It’s been well documented that I have battled substance abuse for quite some time. Unfortunately, I did not take the time to focus on a solution to my problem until this past year. I am eternally grateful for the constant support from the NFL, NFLPA, and the Patriots organization.”
Gordon, says he will no longer discuss details of his past and that he plans to “focus on the present and getting better every day.
Gordon has been back with the Patriots since August 16th but has yet to formally address the media. This statement probably allows for the opportunity for Gordon to speak to reporters following the Patriots season opener Sunday against the Steelers at Gillette Stadium
Though Gordon has not spoken to reporters, others have talked about having him back on the team. On Friday morning coach Bill Belichick said of Gordon, “Josh has worked hard. He’s created an opportunity for himself.”
Gordon was traded to the Patriots early in the 2018 NFL season in exchange for a 5th round pick.
During his 10 games with the Patriots, Gordon recorded 40 receptions for 720 yards and three touchdowns.
Prior to joining the Patriots Gordon was an all-pro receiver with the Cleveland Browns.
He has has been suspended several times by the NFL for violations of its drug policies and missed the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons.
He left the Patriots last season after the team’s week 15 game against Buffalo and was suspended by the NFL soon after.