The Maury Show has arrived in Cleveland.
Just when you thought things in Berea couldn’t get any stranger, the Cleveland Browns’ star wideout has a paternity suit filed against him.
As first reported by cleveland.com, Josh Gordon was hit with an arrest warrant after not responding to several subpoenas issued in response to a complaint filed in juvenile court in July 2015.
The mother of the child is Christina Lockhart of Maple Heights, who claims Gordon is the father of her 1-year-old daughter.
After the story broke this morning, Gordon appeared in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court at 2:30 p.m., complying with a DNA request, according to a follow-up piece on cleveland.com.
The court had ordered Gordon to submit to the test by September 2015. Subpoenas were reportedly sent to him at several addresses in Los Angeles and Cleveland, but Gordon did not respond.
Gordon’s lawyer, Kevin Spellacy, told reporters today: "Josh was made aware that he was required to appear in court on a case he was unaware of. He immediately got in touch with us and we notified the court. He stopped what he was doing and complied with the court order."
According to the initial cleveland.com piece, the court also issued subpoenas to the Browns, the NFL, Addidas, the re-sale ticket site StubHub, and big-time sports agent Drew Rosenhaus.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy responded by saying Gordon is still eligible to return from his four-game suspension in week 5 against the Patriots. Gordon start practicing with the team again on October 5.
Browns head coach Hue Jackson seemed similarly unconcerned with the news when he spoke with the press today.
“He still is doing well in my opinion. I don't know all the inner workings of that [case]. I can't tell you about everything that goes on outside this building.
"But I know in this building, in our meetings, with me, with our coaches, with the players, he has been outstanding. That's what I have to judge on. Now we'll find out about this other part and know a little bit more about it as we move forward, but I have nothing but great things to say about Josh.
"I'm not the judge, the jury on any of this. What I do is support. Let's make sure we do the right thing, whatever that is, pertaining to the situation. But hopefully this will be wrapped up sooner rather than later."
The case will live on until at least November 8, the date of the next hearing. Gordon’s DNA will be tested against the mother and child’s samples. According to cleveland.com, the results should be in by the hearing. If Gordon is the father, a judge will institute a child support payment plan, based on Gordon’s income.
On the field, Gordon is becoming more important with the Browns. Corey Coleman’s injury leaves the Browns thin at the top of the depth chart until Gordon’s return.
However, the question is — Can Gordon be trusted?