Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon said he "definitely" does not have a drug problem in an interview.
Gordon was suspended for one year by the NFL last month for a positive drug test.
"In this case, I was exposed to it from second-hand (smoke), and prior to I've been drug-free and have been staying that way - and this incident has been causing a backlash of negative attention and negative media of me being an addict or a junkie, or using drugs terribly too much, which is definitely not the case and I'd like to definitely have that out in the open and be clear with that for sure," he said.
Gordon was arrested for DWI in July, after which he checked himself into rehab. He said he was told in rehab that he's not addicted to drugs and found it a beneficial experience.
The receiver also talked about his reaction to his suspension being upheld:
"I was definitely upset because you won't be able to play for a full year, and that I believe has rarely been seen in a positive light ever in the NFL or hardly even seen anybody come back from a full year suspension and become a fundamental part of the team again and go on to do good things and great things. So all of those things play on my mind and you get emotional, you get depressed."
Gordon has reportedly taken a job at an Ohio car dealership while he is suspended.
- Molly Geary