The Cleveland Browns have a big decision on their hands when it comes to the future of Josh Gordon with their team. After failing another drug test, the NFL is likely going to lay down the law like it has so many other times with players who abuse the system.
It’s debatable whether or not Gordon should be suspended for using a drug that’s legal in parts of the country but that won’t stop the NFL from handing him what could end up being a year long ban. No matter what happened though, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is sticking by his man.
“Josh is learning and growing and improving as a person,” Haslam said during a speech to 500 fans at a Pro Football Hall of Fame luncheon club event. “He’s learning how to work hard. He’s learning how to be a professional. Josh is a smart young man. All of us have made mistakes when we were that age. We’re counting on Josh being a good football player for the Browns for a long time to come.”
Haslam’s words speak volumes, as they sort of put to rest the notion that the Browns will cut Gordon when he returns from suspension or do so before a suspension is handed down. He’s a Pro Bowler but he’s also young and Haslam clearly sees a man who is still learning that being an adult means not making stupid decisions, and he’s not ready to give up on him yet.