Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will have his appeal hearing coming up soon, but he’s fully expected to remain suspended indefinitely. A reduction in his suspension is a possibility, but there’s no doubt that the big problem with Gordon is how to fix things up so that future off-field transgressions don’t happen. Gordon clearly needs professional help at this point to help get his career back on track, because it would be a shame to see an elite receiver with Hall of Fame potential wash out because of constant drug-related issues.
The Browns have stated earlier this offseason that they are willing to stand by Gordon until everything is resolved, an that commitment has not waned. In an interview with the Akron Beacon Journal’s Nate Ulrich, Browns head coach Mike Pettine stated that the team remains firmly behind their troubled wideout and will do whatever they can to help him get his career back on track, especially amid worries that he will have trouble getting back on the field.
Pettine said, “No, we’re firm. We want to find that middle ground. Josh is a Cleveland Brown. We want to do what’s best for him. We have a player that potentially needs help. Whether it’s him or whether it’s anybody else that wears the uniform, if we can help, we’ll help. We want to make our decisions always, what’s best for the player, and you try to marry it with what’s best for the team. So that’s why I don’t think that cutting him, while it may have worked for some other people, I don’t know if that’s necessarily the best option here. It might be the worst option for both — for us and for him. We’re going to wait and see what happens and then act accordingly.”
He added that the Browns expect Gordon to report to training camp on Friday, and the quote above affirms that the Browns aren’t going to listen to Cris Carter’s advice, mainly because Gordon and Carter are two different players. It’s great to see that the Browns are going to do whatever they can to help Gordon out, and hopefully they will be successful in that. It all ultimately comes down to Gordon, though, and we can only hope that he is willing to do what it takes to change.