It has been a rough couple of months for Josh Gordon. In early May, Gordon failed his second drug test, which could warrant a year-long suspension. Less than two months later, the 23-year-old was arrested for a DWI. While the easy option would be to cut ties with the troubled wide receiver altogether, Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine wants to keep him on the roster and assist him through his tough times.
“Josh is a Cleveland Brown. We want to do what’s best for him,” Pettine told theBeacon Journal‘s Nate Ulrich in a story published Monday. “We have a player that potentially needs help. Whether it’s him or whether it’s anybody else that wears the uniform, if we can help, we’ll help. We want to make our decisions always, what’s best for the player, and you try to marry it with what’s best for the team.
“So that’s why I don’t think that cutting him, while it may have worked for some other people, I don’t know if that’s necessarily the best option here. It might be the worst option for both — for us and for him. We’re going to wait and see what happens and then act accordingly.”
Pettine thinks the Browns will receive "some clarity on Gordon’s disciplinary status in the next two weeks." In the meantime, Josh needs to stay out of trouble and work on getting his life together. The Browns organization is apparently going to stand in his corner and hopefully that vote of confidence will be enough to motivate Gordon to get his NFL career back on track.
[via Pro Football Talk]