Josh Gordon plans to make the most of his yearlong suspension from the NFL. The Cleveland Browns wide receiver has been hired as a “good will ambassador” at a local car dealership.
And in case you’re wondering, his duties will include being a “salesman,” yet the dealership owner says Gordon won’t actually be selling any cars. Either way, he might as well make the most of his time off from the NFL.
The Canadian Football League wasn’t a suitable alternative to playing in the NFL this year, so recently banned Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon found another way to occupy his time — being the goodwill ambassador for the Sarchione Auto Group in Ohio, sources told ESPN’s Josina Anderson.
Gordon, 23, who led the NFL last season in receiving yardage but is suspended for the 2014 season, will work a 40-hour week in all aspects of the Randolph, Ohio-based dealer group’s car business.
“He’s going to put his time in,” Jeff Sarchione, who co-owns a dealership in Randolph, told cleveland.com. “He’ll be everything from a salesman to attaching himself at the hip with my brother and I just learning the automotive business from top to bottom.’
Later Thursday, Lupe Vargas, a spokesperson for Gordon, said he would not be selling cars. Gordon also will head all of Sarchione’s local community efforts, including with the Wounded Warrior Project.
Gordon was suspended for failing a drug test, a pretty harsh sentence considering Ray Rice’s more lenient punishment for physically abusing his wife.
Coincidentally, Gordon starts his new job this weekend, just as the the NFL kicks off the new season.