Josh Gordon just needed to stay out of trouble for eight months and his life could have been so much more different than it’s likely going to be. After blowing away the NFL last year with an outstanding season, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has seemingly thrown it all away after being arrested for a DWI on Saturday in North Carolina.
It’s not that Gordon was arrested for a DWI, it’s that everything is piling up to make this a much worse situation that it already is under normal circumstances. But Gordon’s circumstances are not normal as he’s been busted before, has gotten suspended by the NFL and is in the middle of facing a year-long ban that some thought he maybe didn’t deserve.
There’s no defending Gordon now though and to put the rotten cherry on top of his turd sundae, Gordon was allegedly bailed out of jail by Haydn ‘Fats’ Thomas — the same convicted felon that was present when former North Carolina Tar Heels star P.J. Hairston got busted with a gun in his car.
It’s not just that he was bailed out of jail by a convicted felon with a history of getting athletes in trouble, it’s the context of the situation that makes this so much worse. Gordon was defensible before but until he stops doing stupid things and gets himself the help he clearly needs, there’s going to be no defending anything he does.
The ties to Hairston shouldn’t go unnoticed either. If “Fats” Thomas is prowling around the North Carolina area and has already gotten the guard into trouble once, the Charlotte Hornets will want to keep Hairston as far away from him as humanly possible. As for Gordon, it’s clear he needs help and he can forget about football until that happens — which is hopefully does.