Jim Brown says Josh Gordon is taking the steps necessary to return

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The Browns still don’t know when or if they’ll see Josh Gordon, but there are continued signs that the suspended wide receiver is working toward a comeback.

Hall of Famer Jim Brown told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he’s spoken to Gordon recently and is convinced he’s on the right path.

“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. “He really seemed ready to take responsibility for himself.”

Gordon’s application for reinstatement from his indefinite suspension was turned down by the league in April, and he can apply again on Aug. 1.

The Browns are going to involve the Hall of Fame running back more often in the future (as they should), and Brown said he’s had conversations with owner Jimmy Haslam about Gordon and “about the way that the league handles these guys that smoke pot.”

Brown went onto say the league’s position on marijuana was archaic.

“Yes it is, because it makes hypocrites out of people,” Brown said. “It’s legal in some places and illegal in others, so you can’t have a situation where it’s legal in one state and not in another. They have to come to some understanding of it and punishment is not always a way to help somebody. . . .

“Sometimes you have to recognize that they have a psychological problem based on their upbringing, lack of father’s love, trying to be with the boys on the corner. All of those things come into play, and when someone steps in, like in my life, someone stepped in and guided me, and I am beholden to them forever. I am a believer in trying to help people help themselves.”

Another former Brown, Johnny Manziel, hasn’t shown any signs of trying to get any of that kind of help. And though Gordon was spotted with Manziel early this spring, it’s encouraging that Gordon’s taking the steps needed to get himself back on track and back in the league.

21 responses to “Jim Brown says Josh Gordon is taking the steps necessary to return

  1. Talked to him via phone twice and the second time it “sounded” like he was in rehab, motivated, and discovering himself.

    Maybe he was just high the second time…

  2. Its sad that weed is illegal and keeps players from playing.

    but its also sad that people cant follow the rules and put down the pipe to make millions of dollars.

  3. Remember when people said this kid was a bad influence on Johnny Manziel? I think it was the other way around.

  4. Imagine what it would be like if alcohol and tobacco were classified as schedule 1 narcotics. Or what it would be like if the NFL suspended players for using them. Our country and our football league should be a lot smarter than this. It’s a ridiculous double standard.

  5. If a necessary step is getting high with Johnny Manziel, then yes he is

  6. I sincerely hope Josh makes it back, and that the league drops it’s punishment of marijuana users. They feed these guys so many prescription opiates, and then want to be holier than though about a naturally growing plant. Hypocrisy at it’s highest level.

  7. Instead of whining about the NFL’s rules on weed, you as voters, ought to make sure your voices are heard if this issue means that much to you. There are strong sects in the conservatives and religious fanatics who are keeping weed illegal and making alcohol tough to buy (dry counties, special licenses, no alcohol on Sundays, etc).

  8. granadafan says:
    Jun 2, 2016 5:14 PM

    Instead of whining about the NFL’s rules on weed, you as voters, ought to make sure your voices are heard if this issue means that much to you. There are strong sects in the conservatives and religious fanatics who are keeping weed illegal and making alcohol tough to buy (dry counties, special licenses, no alcohol on Sundays, etc).

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    True, however, it is not an issue in the NBA.

  9. Maybe hanging out with Manziel a while ago is what turned him around. He saw rock bottom up close and didn’t want that for himself.

  10. If you think weed is the only drug this kid was doing, just because he said so, then you’re as high on crack as him.

  11. We each make choices based on our priorities. What’s right for me may not be right for you, or Gordon, or Manziel.

    I may not have a gold-plated pot to piss in but, I made a career out of the Army (30+ yrs), got my education, married a wonderful woman (met in the Army), have 6 kids that I’m proud of, 8 grandkids doing well, and 2 great grandbabies that are healthy. Now, I work part time on my farm and part time on my trucks, working pretty much when I want. I help out family, friends, neighbors, and my community whenever I can. I’m politically active, especially with veteran issues. Each night when I close my eyes, I know I can meet my maker and be proud of what I have done with my life.

    “Choices” based on the priorities instilled in me as a simple farm boy from Ohio. Again, it all starts in the home from the day we first opened our eyes.

    I wish Josh all the best in his endeavors.

  12. granadafan says:
    Jun 2, 2016 5:14 PM

    “Instead of whining about the NFL’s rules on weed, you as voters, ought to make sure your voices are heard if this issue means that much to you. There are strong sects in the conservatives and religious fanatics who are keeping weed illegal and making alcohol tough to buy (dry counties, special licenses, no alcohol on Sundays, etc).”

    Most of the “sects” you refer to are actually in the U.S. Congress, where marijuana was officially contrabanded in the 1940’s by southern legislators at the urging of lobbyists from the tobacco and alcohol industries.

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