Talent trumps character a lot of the time in the NFL, and for the time being Josh Gordon’s immense talent will allow him to be a huge part of the Browns future.
Mary Kay Cabot is reporting that Browns owner Jimmy Haslam made it clear that the organization will stand by Gordon amid another suspension for marijuana use.
“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.
“We spend a lot of time with all of our core players and Josh is obviously one of those. We have all spent a lot of time talking to Josh and I’m not going to comment on the situation but I’ll say this, but I’ve been very pleased with his professional growth over the last year and the way he handles himself.”
Reports surfaced on Friday that Gordon tested positive recently for marijuana and will be suspended for at least a year. Gordon led the league with 1,646 receiving yards last season.