Cris Carter knows all about squandering talent on drugs and alcohol.
Now he’s hoping he can help Josh Gordon turn things around as well as he did. But he made it clear that Gordon has to want that first.
The Hall of Fame wide receiver said it’s clear the expected-to-be-suspended Browns wideout hasn’t yet made getting clean a priority.
“It’s fairly obvious that [using substances] is more important to him than anything else,” Carter told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “It’s always been very, very important to him. It’s well-documented that it’s been primary since early college. Maybe it even goes back to early high school. . . .
“If the building is on fire and the person decides to stay in there, I don’t run in there and get him out. If you see them breaking the glass, if you see them struggling and trying to get out — that’s my analogy of how I help out the guys in the league and the kids that really, really need help.”
Carter bottomed out after being cut by Buddy Ryan and the Eagles, and went onto a long and stellar career with the Vikings. And while he said he thought Gordon had the “potential to wear a gold jacket,” he wasn’t sure that would happen.
In the past, Gordon has attended Larry Fitzgerald’s summer camp in Minnesota, which includes Carter, Michael Irvin and others. But Carter doesn’t know if he’ll see Gordon there this year.
“And I haven’t thought a second about it,” Carter said. “Josh is not my responsibility. Not everyone is in a position to be saved.”
The help is obviously available to him if he wants it, but Carter sounds skeptical that Gordon is going to take the steps neceesary.