Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Suspended Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will spend his time away from the NFL by serving as goodwill ambassador for the Sarchione Auto Group in Ohio.
Suspended for the 2014 season, the 23-year-old Gordon, who led the league in receiving yards last season, will work a 40-hour week in all aspects of the Randolph, Ohio-based dealer group’s car business, including sales.
However, Lupe Vargas, a spokesperson for Gordon, clarified that Gordon will not be selling cars.
In addition, Gordon will head all of Sarchione’s local community efforts, including with the Wounded Warrior Project. He is scheduled to start this weekend.
Browns coach Mike Pettine said he hadn’t heard about Gordon’s new job.
“Due to the rules of the suspension, we’re not allowed to have contact with him,” Pettine said. “We’re just finding that out as well.”
“That’s something I don’t really want to get into because I want to discuss the guys that are here … Internally we want what’s best for him. We just hope for that to occur,” he added.
Gordon briefly explored the possibility of playing in the CFL for the remainder of its season but an NFL source said provisions in his Browns contract would prevent him from doing so.
Under its rules, the CFL will not allow Gordon to play because teams are prohibited from signing a suspended player of any league who is under contract with his league.
Last month, arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld Gordon’s 2014 season suspension for a failed test for marijuana. Gordon is a repeat offender of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
During his suspension, Gordon is not allowed to practice with the Browns or attend team meetings or other club functions. He is under the NFL’s treatment program, which would include counseling and random drug testing.