Cris Carter knows better than most just what Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is going through right now. He was in a similar spot early in his career with the Philadelphia Eagles. Now Carter says that the Browns should do to Gordon what the Eagles did to him in order to get the troubled receiver’s life and career back on track.
Pro Football Talk quoted Carter’s interview on Mike & Mike when the former Vikings receiver spoke with candor about Gordon’s situation. “My situation was very, very similar. If I’m the Cleveland Browns — and it’s gut-wrenching for me to say this — I really think that the only thing that’s going to help the kid is if they release him.”
Hard lessons are inevitable for troubled young athletes in the NFL and it appears as if Josh Gordon is at least in for a lesson from the NFL, if not from the Browns. After multiple arrests and violations of league policy, it appears Gordon will miss at least one full season, if not more, and none of that seems to have any impact on his behavior, as Gordon was arrested for a DUI mere days ago.
Carter believes the people around Gordon aren’t telling him what he needs to hear. “Everyone wants to keep coddling him, the same way they did in high school, the same thing they did at Baylor, where he had problems. Eventually it’s going to blow up. Now it’s blowing up in the National Football League, and his career is in jeopardy.”
Wherever you stand on Carter’s thoughts, it’s impossible to disagree with the last bit. Gordon’s career is absolutely in jeopardy unless he can turn his life around. If that starts with him losing his job in the NFL, then it still may be the best thing for him.