Jan 30, 2014; New York, NY, USA; San Francisco safety Donte Whitner attends the Madden Bowl XX Red Carpet event at the USS Intrepid Mandatory. Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Donte Whitner thinks Browns shouldn’t release Josh Gordon


The Cleveland Browns had a lot to look forward heading into the 2014 season. They had drafted quarterback Johnny Manziel, and even if he didn’t start his rookie season they had veteran Brian Hoyer under center, who had a successful run as a starter in 2013 before being injured for the remainder of the season. They brought in free agent running back Ben Tate, formerly of the Houston Texans, and they had a dynamic and explosive receiver in Josh Gordon.

Unfortunately it looks like Gordon won’t be available. He was already facing a long suspension for a drug test, and while awaiting punishment for that violation he was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of DWI.

It’s a big blow to us. I would be lying if I said it wasn’t,” Browns safety Donte Whitner told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Friday. “The thing is, we have to rally around him. I know all the dumb things people say — ‘he should be cut, he should be this’ — he shouldn’t.”

The Browns now have to decide what to do with Gordon. Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter suggested cutting him, but Whitner doesn’t think that is a viable option.

“He’s a 23-year-old kid; he made some mistakes. A lot of people’s 20-year-old sons make mistakes. We have to help him, and that’s the bottom line,” Whitner said, via NFL.com. “We have to help him collectively. It’s not going be one person that helps him, it’s not going to be two people that help him. It’s gonna come from the front office, the coaching staff, the players and his whole family. We have to help him — not only for football purposes, but for life purposes to get his life in order.”

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  • chas territo

    If anyone listens to Donte they are as foolish an asswipe as he is! Donte just sowing thug brother love. GO BILLS!!

    • John Duquette

      Bills!!!! You are the 1 who is as foolish as asswipe. Which ,by the way asswipe is very necessary for hygiene and cleanliness.

      • chas territo

        It’s not unexpected a disagreeing Browns fan. A Browns fan is 2nd to only the Seahawk fan to worst fan base. Clouds are the space you “ASSWIPES” live in. Bad team, Bad fans. You stole a mediocre one way DC from us. You have nothing else to write home about. A WR who is constantly getting arrested. It’s what is expected from an organization that has Hascrap as owner, the most confused and confusing owner in the NFL. It always trickles down in every business. Bad hires, bad employees and finally a BAD PRODUCT!

        • John Duquette

          Browns and Seahawks fans are the most loyal and dedicated fans there are. Your argument on the management without question is smack on target however the rest of your argument is lost in space. The Bills are mediocre at best and we will enjoy your number 1 pick next year to further strengthen our team and leave you eating dust or maybe chicken wings. Can’t wait for the season to start how about you?