Browns' Josh Gordon arrested for DWI in Raleigh, bonded out by 'Fats' Thomas
Posted July 5
Raleigh, N.C. — Josh Gordon, a wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, was arrested in Raleigh early Saturday and charged with driving while impaired. Records also show that his $500 bond was posted by Haydn "Fats" Thomas.
Gordon, 23, was arrested near Glenwood Avenue and Argyle after being pulled over for going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone. Gordon admitted to consuming three mixed drinks after officers detected a "strong odor of alcohol."
The arrest occurred at 2:53 a.m. and Gordon's blood alcohol content was listed as .09. The legal limit in the state of North Carolina is .08.
Thomas was the figure at the center of the events that led to P.J. Hairston's career at North Carolina ending early. In one of multiple off-the-court run-ins, Hairston was stopped in a vehicle that was being rented by Thomas and cited with marijuana possession and driving without a license.
Thomas, a Durham party promoter and convicted felon, has been linked to other area student-athletes, including Hairston's former teammate Leslie McDonald, who was reinstated by the NCAA last season after missing nine games for accepting impermissible benefits that included cars, hotels and a cell phone.
Gordon is already facing a season-long suspension from the NFL for failing an offseason drug test. He was suspended two games last season for violating the league’s drug policy.
Browns General Manager Ray Farmer said the team is aware of the arrest and is disappointed. He didn't comment further.