Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon remains suspended indefinitely by the NFL due to multiple violations of the league’s substance abuse policy.
Gordon, the NFL’s leading receiver back in 2013, can apply for reinstatement later this summer, though he must first show that he’s over his past “issues” with marijuana before then.
Speaking up on the enigmatic pass catcher, Cleveland sports legend and former Browns running back Jim Brown had this to say about Gordon’s current mentality.
“I’ve talked with Josh twice on the phone, and the last time I talked with him he sounded very motivated and I think he was in rehab and feeling good about it and discovering some things about himself,” Brown said, via The Plain Dealer. “He really seemed ready to take responsibility for himself.”
There’s a couple things to look at here.
First off, Gordon’s suspension stems from an archaic NFL policy on marijuana. The policy seems to punish those who use that drug recreationally more than those who commit violent acts off the field.
Secondly, and this could be a bit divisive, but Brown is a true sports legend in Cleveland. He’s the best player in the history of the franchise. He’s also among the greatest players in the history of the NFL.
But for us to utilize some context as it relates to Brown’s comments, we must first recognize that he was far from a saint off the field, including multiple accusations of violence towards women in his past. Brown’s name rarely gets mentioned in this light, primarily because it was so long ago. Though, we do have to wonder whether he’s an authority on taking responsibility.
As it is, the Browns are surely hoping Gordon will find a way back on to the field this season. He would immediately become the team’s top player on an offense that’s completely void of proven talent.
Unfortunately for the enigmatic receiver, his fate is in the hands of the NFL.