Everything about this Josh Gordon situation is just so disappointing. I wish I could walk up to him, smack him upside the head and make him realize that he’s throwing away a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but the sad thing is that he probably already knows that and simply doesn’t care.
There’s no turning back now. Gordon has chosen his path, and he’s walking down it until it ends or he falls off. He didn’t bat an eye when he was kicked off of Baylor for failing at least three drug tests, and he’s apparently still sticking to his guns as he faces a year-long suspension – which could easily become indefinite if he gets caught again – in the NFL.
It’s clear. No matter how much Gordon loves football, marijuana comes first.
“It’s fairly obvious that (using substances) is more important to him than anything else,” Cris 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.”
Carter may be one of the few people Gordon can look towards as an example of how to shake an abuse problem. After he was cut by Buddy Ryan and the Eagles for his alcohol issues, Carter went on to reform his life and live out the Hall of Fame career he was destined to have.
That said, while Carter has always been willing to help young players in need, he has no desire to drag Gordon to the finish line.
“If the building is on fire and the person decides to stay in there, I don’t run in there and get him out,” said Carter. “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.”
He continued, “Josh is not my responsibility. Not everyone is in a position to be saved.”
The hard part is that, unless he drastically alters his life, it doesn’t matter when Gordon comes back. If he returns immediately, after six games or in a year, everyone will still have to worry about the next time and the next time after that.
There aren’t many more entertaining players to watch in this league. If Gordon continues down his path, it won’t just be his loss. Fans will have been deprived of watching a generational-type talent
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