Josh Gordon: In the past, I’ve been a selfish player

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Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon met the media for the first time since he was reinstated by the NFL from a suspension that kept him off the field for all of last season.

Gordon reiterated the message that he’s grateful for the chance to return that he sent on Twitter after being reinstated and said there were times when he wasn’t sure if the Browns would want him back. He said he’s happy that they do and that he’s a different person than the selfish player that he’s been in the past. Gordon said he knows that just saying it doesn’t prove anything and wants to show how he’s changed by taking advantage of the support that the Browns are offering him.

“I have a great support staff here, moreso than I’ve ever felt before,” Gordon said, via the Akron Beacon-Journal. “It plays a part on both sides. Me wanting to give in to that support and allow them to help me and me wanting to be helped, as I opposed to before me trying to be selfish and do things on my own.”

Gordon said that quarterback Robert Griffin III is part of the support team and someone that he knows he can “count on and lean on” during the season. Gordon and Griffin have adjacent lockers, which Gordon said was no accident.

Gordon also addressed his relationship with a past Browns quarterback by saying that Johnny Manziel is always going to be his friend, but that they are “definitely two different people on two different paths.” Gordon said he has to do what’s right for him for the “sake of my career,” something that the Browns likely hope includes fewer nights with their former quarterback and more time spent focused on resuming a career that will remain long on promise as long as Gordon remains on the field.

20 responses to “Josh Gordon: In the past, I’ve been a selfish player

  1. best thing you can do Josh is only talk to johnny nose candy by phone. stay away from him in person.

  2. “Gordon reiterated the message that he’s grateful for the chance to return that he sent on Twitter after being reinstated and said there were times when he wasn’t sure if the Browns would want him back”

    Could have saved himself some worry in that account. He’s a $15M talent making $1M, of course they were going to bring him back. When you can put up 1600+ yds with Weeden and Hoyer throwing you the ball a lot can be forgiven right quick.

  3. I’m hoping for him personally to get his life on the right track….. I would hope that for any person regardless of the team but I am certainly pulling for him as a Browns’ fan.

  4. Here’s hoping he’s learned his lesson. We’ll all be better off if he stays clean and plays. There’s so much talent here it’ll be fun watching him week 5 and on tearing up the NFL!

  5. Selfish isn’t the word I’d use… both ignorant and lucky come to mind when I thin of how many chances this guy has had.

  6. He’s already cost the GM types and Hue Jackson a couple of hours of media time. I hope they’re happy making their own living hell. It will only get worse.

  7. Josh Gordon: In the past, I’ve been a selfish player
    ………………………………………………………………………..

    In the past you liked your weed more then anything.

    So hopefully you will be smart, follow the rules and get rich then retire.

    Then you can hang out with Ricky Williams at Camp Smoke a Doobie.

  8. Didn’t he say similar things before getting suspended last time? Plus, he failed a drug test around the same time he applied to get reinstated earlier in the year. Everything he is saying is lip service. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love nothing better for him to turn his life around and show what he can do on the field. I thought the same for Justin Blackmon too. Maybe now he finally gets it but I’ll believe it when I see it. He doesn’t have a good track record.

  9. Josh Gordon’s entire problem is who he’s friends with. The year of his second hand smoke drug test he was in a car full of pot heads, his bust in college came from hanging out with pot heads and one of the guys who helped him get to college in the first place was a known drug dealer. On top of that his last suspension for alcohol was a team function. Gordon is the stereotypical kid who wants to make everyone happy and doesn’t understand that others around him aren’t putting him first. He’s not a drug addict, he’s too nice.

  10. He’s made mistakes. He’s almost ruined his NFL career for weed (& a DUI, less forgivable). I get that. But if weed wasn’t moronically banned by the NFL none of this would be controversial. He’d just be a great receiver.

    Who is the dummy up there who thinks Edelman is better than Josh Gordon? Max Kellerman even thinks that’s a dumb taek.

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