According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Gordon is going to serve as a goodwill ambassador for Sarchione Auto Group in Randolph, Ohio, during his banishment from the league.
Anderson also provided some details regarding the nature of Gordon's work with Sarchione.
"He will be working in all aspects of their car business including as an on-floor salesman," Anderson wrote. "Gordon will also be heading all of their local community efforts including with the Wounded Warriors Project. He starts this weekend."
Gordon's decision certainly took many by surprise, and it has sparked a great deal of reaction. Most of it has been humorous or sarcastic in nature, such as this tweet from Zach Harper of CBSSports.com:
Zach Harper @talkhoops
Who wouldn’t buy a car from Josh Gordon?9/4/2014, 2:52:16 PM
The NFL suspended the Baylor product for all of 2014 due to a violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Gordon later appealed, but the league upheld the decision, per Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1:
Mike Garafolo @MikeGarafolo
BREAKING: Sources tell @FOXSports1 Browns WR Josh Gordon's one-year suspension has been upheld on appeal.8/27/2014, 4:35:44 PM
Since the decision was made official, Gordon has been exploring other avenues. According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Gordon looked into the possibility of playing in the CFL this season:
Chris Mortensen @mortreport
Josh Gordon is exploring the possibility of playing the rest of the year in the Canadian Football League, per sources. @ESPNNFL8/28/2014, 2:02:17 PM
That possibility was quickly shot down, however, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport:
Ian Rapoport @RapSheet
Texting with a CFL GM who tells me if Josh Gordon is under contract & suspended, rules don’t allow him to play in CFL. Only if he’s cut.8/28/2014, 2:14:58 PM
In addition to that, Pro Football Talk is reporting that Gordon is contemplating filing a lawsuit against the NFL in order to get the suspension reversed:
Decision on whether Josh Gordon will pursue legal action over his suspension will come in next day or two. Don't be shocked if he sues.9/1/2014, 6:07:40 PM
It remains to be seen if Gordon and his legal team will follow through, but he has found a new calling in the meantime.
While going from NFL superstar to car salesman is obviously a step down in prestige, this may end up being a good thing for Gordon. Everything has been taken away from him for a year, so now he can get a feel for what it's like to exist in the real world.
Working a normal job could very well give him a greater appreciation for what he has, and perhaps that will result in him turning his life around.
The fact that Gordon will be working with charities is admirable as well, and it is the first step in repairing his broken image.
Gordon has been humbled, and taking this job shows that he may be willing to work his way back up the ladder.
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