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Arrest warrant withdrawn for Josh Gordon after he takes DNA test

BEREA, Ohio -- An arrest warrant for Josh Gordon was withdrawn after the Cleveland Browns wide receiver complied with a year-old court order to take a DNA test in a paternity suit.

The warrant had been issued Aug. 31, after Gordon failed to respond to several subpoenas over the course of a year demanding he take the test.

In a statement, Gordon's attorneys said he was unaware until noon Wednesday that he had been requested to take the test.

"Mr. Gordon immediately made himself available to the Court when he was informed that his presence had been previously required," attorneys Kevin Spellacy and Walter Edwards wrote in a statement released by the Browns. "He attended court [Wednesday] and a hearing was held."

Joseph Stafford, the attorney for the mother, said Wednesday that the DNA test took place in the afternoon. A hearing has been set for Nov. 8. Stafford said that given the efforts made to get in touch with Gordon and to contact people close to him -- including the team, the NFL and Gordon's agent -- it is "highly unlikely" Gordon did not know about the paternity suit before today.

Gordon was suspended for the entire 2015 season for violations of the NFL's substance abuse policies. He was reinstated conditionally on July 25 by commissioner Roger Goodell, though Gordon was also suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season.

An NFL spokesman said Wednesday that the warrant would not have any effect on Gordon's conditional reinstatement. Gordon was in the team facility on Wednesday, but because he is suspended, he is not permitted to talk to the media. In July 2015, Christina Lockhart from Maple Heights, Ohio, filed a paternity suit stating that Gordon was the father of her daughter, who is now 1 year old. The order sought child support.

Gordon was ordered to provide a DNA sample and had until Sept. 25, 2015, to do so. The complaint stated that nobody other than Gordon was presumed to be the father. It also stated the woman is on welfare and needs child support from Gordon.

Numerous subpoenas were sent to Gordon in Los Angeles and to several different addresses in Cleveland, but he never responded, according to court documents. Subpoenas also went to numerous people who know Gordon well, Stafford said.

Gordon was due to appear at a hearing in Cleveland on Aug. 31, but he was not present, which led to the warrant.

The NFL suspended Gordon for the 2015 season for violations of the league's substance abuse policies. He also was suspended 10 games in 2014 and two games in 2013.

The Browns have said that Gordon's return to the team is proceeding appropriately.

"He still is doing well, in my opinion," Browns coach Hue Jackson said Wednesday. "I can't tell you about everything that goes on outside of 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. I have nothing but great things to say about Josh."

Jackson said he did not have many details about the arrest warrant.

So for now, he said, "All I can do is support, and let's make sure we do the right thing, whatever that is pertaining to the situation. Hopefully, this will be wrapped up sooner rather than later."