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Jim Brown says Josh Gordon has to “get his life together”

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Jim Brown was walking out to Browns practice today with owner Jimmy Haslam, when they crossed paths with Josh Gordon.

Haslam reached out and embraced Gordon, and Brown hopes he’ll continue to be able to.

The Hall of Fame running back said he was concerned for the troubled wide receiver, and hopes the team can maintain a tie to him.

We have to support him and educate him,” Brown told Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “You can only do that though leadership in player engagement. . . .

“It’s about two levels: We hope he can get his life together in the right way and as a football player we hope like hell he can play [again]. “It’s definitely No. 1 first. As a human being, he’s got to get his life together.”

The Browns have said they won’t cut Gordon, despite the fact he’s facing a suspension for another failed drug test.

Asked if he though Gordon should still have access to the team in the event of a suspension, Brown said he didn’t want to discuss the league policy. But it’s clear he’s worried about Gordon.

“I’ll just say people need people,” Brown said. “We’ve got player engagement here. Through player engagement we can take advantage of alumni, take advantage of the relationships we have with each other.”

Having voices such as Brown’s would be helpful for any young player. But the Browns as an organization clearly want to help Gordon, since he has the potential to help them so much.

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40 Responses to “Jim Brown says Josh Gordon has to “get his life together””
  1. thirstymofo says: Aug 5, 2014 5:14 PM

    Yes, he needs help, blah-blah, but would you please, for the love of God, shutup.

  2. 4thquartermagic says: Aug 5, 2014 5:17 PM

    Reason and logic doesn’t seem to work with this kid.

    He’s been given more chances then he deserves because people stand to profit from his success.

    If he washes out, it’s unfortunate but far from a tragedy.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 5, 2014 5:18 PM

    “Get your life together or you’ll end up looking like me when you get old.”.

  4. owentoo says: Aug 5, 2014 5:21 PM

    Thanks for the incredibly deep insight, Jimbo.

  5. george1859 says: Aug 5, 2014 5:21 PM

    Jim Brown just needs to shut up, and go away.
    So bored with this prehistoric Browns turd.

  6. granadafan says: Aug 5, 2014 5:21 PM

    But but but, the great and powerful know-it-all Cris Carter said the Browns should cut ties with Gordon!

  7. bassplucker says: Aug 5, 2014 5:22 PM

    Yeah, OK I guess. Seems like Jim Brown has had a few fall-downs of his own, though, too.

  8. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 5, 2014 5:22 PM

    So where have all the Browns and their support been since the day they drafted him? Helping players after a problem is one thing, but it’s better to help them before they get into repeated trouble and somebody with the Browns should have been taking ownership of being on the same page and fostering a healthy and productive relationship with the player ever since he’s been part of the team.

    I guess that’s one of the tasks that the previous GM couldn’t get a grasp on, so since we can’t turn back the clock now, hopefully Haslam has learned from this experience and Ray Farmer is the right guy to keep this new draft class on the right track so they don’t experience similar problems that Gordon has.

  9. remyje says: Aug 5, 2014 5:24 PM

    Yea it’s kind of funny that Josh Gordon would have been kicked to the curb so fast if it wasn’t for his breakout season last year…

  10. bengalguy says: Aug 5, 2014 5:34 PM

    Tram Obvious has s new Captain! Thanks for the great insight Jim!

  11. 1509lucky says: Aug 5, 2014 5:41 PM

    For all you Macho Keyboard Pecking Wannabes talking smack,Jim Brown is MORE of a Man at 77 than any of you Gals could ever hope to be.

  12. abninf says: Aug 5, 2014 5:48 PM

    1509lucky says:

    For all you Macho Keyboard Pecking Wannabes talking smack,Jim Brown is MORE of a Man at 77 than any of you Gals could ever hope to be.
    ====================================

    A man who beats women isn’t a man.

  13. yesrowntreeyesgrosvener says: Aug 5, 2014 5:50 PM

    thestrategyexpert says:
    Aug 5, 2014 5:22 PM
    So where have all the Browns and their support been since the day they drafted him? Helping players after a problem is one thing, but it’s better to help them before they get into repeated trouble and somebody with the Browns should have been taking ownership of being on the same page and fostering a healthy and productive relationship with the player ever since he’s been part of the team.

    How do you know they haven’t been trying to help? They knew what they were getting when they took him. Just because he’s in trouble doesn’t mean the team didn’t try to support him. They can only do so much.

  14. 4thquartermagic says: Aug 5, 2014 5:53 PM

    abninf says:
    Aug 5, 2014 5:48 PM
    1509lucky says:

    For all you Macho Keyboard Pecking Wannabes talking smack,Jim Brown is MORE of a Man at 77 than any of you Gals could ever hope to be.
    ====================================

    A man who beats women isn’t a man.
    _____________________________

    “Well that simply isn’t true.”

    Sincerely,

    The NFL

  15. labrownjames says: Aug 5, 2014 5:54 PM

    Can’t understand the BROWNS haters…Why waste your time posting? Ya’ll need to get lives!!

  16. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 5, 2014 6:11 PM

    He needs help and/or needs to make better decisions. I don’t use drugs so I don’t know if it’s truly an addiction or poor decision making. So called experts even have varying opinions of whether it’s a real addiction or not.

    I can guarantee you this, the NFL’S approach of shunning these guys from the team is asinine and not good for the player or franchise I.e. see Justin Blackmon

  17. bpearse230 says: Aug 5, 2014 6:18 PM

    I bet David Wilson would love two more shots at the NFL.

  18. duffelbagsports says: Aug 5, 2014 6:23 PM

    Don’t talk about Jim Brown

    God

  19. ufanforreal says: Aug 5, 2014 6:24 PM

    yeah yeah Jim, and if the rules and the laws were what they are today back when you played you would have probably seen some prison time.

  20. valentino8100 says: Aug 5, 2014 6:30 PM

    . . . bet he gets his ring before you do Jim.

  21. SAV says: Aug 5, 2014 6:30 PM

    Seems like NFL is stalling to suspend this man

  22. brynebrywilkerb0310 says: Aug 5, 2014 7:04 PM

    abninf says:

    A man who beats women isn’t a man.

    Leave that women beater crap alone. Jim Brown beat women and ran right through men. Get it right. Bottom line is that he’s not telling a lie about Gordon.

  23. brynebrywilkerb0310 says: Aug 5, 2014 7:05 PM

    ufanforreal says:
    Aug 5, 2014 6:24 PM
    yeah yeah Jim, and if the rules and the laws were what they are today back when you played you would have probably seen some prison time.

    Exactly, that’s what it’s all about. During Browns day, it was common practice to beat your woman. If the police were called, they’d come to your house, drink a beer with you and talk about last nights ballgame.

  24. joshhogan73 says: Aug 5, 2014 7:19 PM

    Thanks Jim for your insight. Now be quiet.

  25. hornbuckle says: Aug 5, 2014 7:29 PM

    Jim Brown is a role model?

  26. excessivedrinking says: Aug 5, 2014 7:34 PM

    Jim Brown giving advice? Now that is truly the pot calling the kettle black. “You see Josh, this is how I picked up soap when I was in the big house; put down that blunt, and pay attention.”

  27. fordmandalay says: Aug 5, 2014 7:47 PM

    Josh has listened to exactly nobody about getting his act together before, why should he suddenly start now?

  28. rogerisdead says: Aug 5, 2014 7:50 PM

    Valentino8100: hey genius Jim Brown did win a championship. The last championship that Cleveland won was in 1964 and Jim Brown got them there. I think that he had like 1400 yards and they only played 14 games back then.
    Good comment though you’re obviously a knowledgable Browns fan.

  29. mackcarrington says: Aug 5, 2014 8:20 PM

    Jim Brown has as much right to his opinion as the people who come on here and spew their hate and ignorance.

  30. ytownjoe says: Aug 5, 2014 9:04 PM

    Greatest running back of all time. Period.

  31. twecks22 says: Aug 5, 2014 9:27 PM

    It’s called a 12 step program. It works if you work it. Like life

  32. sargebkm says: Aug 5, 2014 10:09 PM

    Part of the reason, Josh is having difficulties, one only needs to look at some of the comments directed towards Jim Brown. You don’t really care about Jim or Josh, but rather you own skewed idea of life and athletics. We get to hear from Jim because of what he did. What is your legacy?

  33. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 5, 2014 10:10 PM

    Why erase my clever post?

    Brown did sell his championship ring.

    And Gordon has no chance of winning one with the Browns.

  34. jollyjoker2 says: Aug 5, 2014 10:15 PM

    thanks jim, you a rocket scientist in your past life?

  35. cfballfan1 says: Aug 5, 2014 11:10 PM

    I don’t always agree with Jim Brown, but in this case he is spot on.

  36. mik888 says: Aug 6, 2014 12:57 AM

    Jim Brown is the 9th best running back in the history of the game – 8 places behind Emmitt.

  37. daviddmsvcp says: Aug 6, 2014 1:25 AM

    Jim Brown had a great football career and then much success after football. He left football at the top of his game, some 50 years ago.
    Apparently, Jim has a bit of a temper and jeez, he even went to jail for 6 months.
    But what else can you do but respect him?

  38. mingo49 says: Aug 6, 2014 6:22 AM

    Maybe Jim Brown can teach Josh Gordon on how to refrain from hitting a woman and then going to jail for it?

  39. oldcracker says: Aug 6, 2014 1:13 PM

    Jim Brown is Ray Rice’s idol.

  40. Ed Bandell says: Aug 7, 2014 5:56 AM

    The Browns won’t cut Gordon “because….of course they won’t.”

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