Josh Gordon’s decision to step away from the Browns was made in the midst of a contentious child support case, according to court documents.
With the team 24 hours from kicking off its preseason home opener against the Bills, the Pro Bowl receiver has now been absent from the team since July 23.
The court documents reveal an ongoing child support battle, with the mother pursuing support for Gordon’s young daughter. Included in the filings is a claim that an attorney for the child’s mother threatened “to air sensitive information to publicly embarrass” the wide receiver.
On July 20, a temporary support order was granted, requiring Gordon to pay nearly $6,800 a month for support. That was three days before he left the team.
The child support case goes back to 2015.
The Browns have made no official comment. The team has maintained for several weeks that it wishes to respect Gordon’s privacy.