Sports Illustrated will be publishing a profile of wide receiver Josh Gordon soon. Just don’t expect Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson to read the article when it comes out.
“Obviously there’s nothing good that comes from those things,” he told reporters on Wednesday.
Back in October, the always controversial Gordon confessed in an Uninterrupted documentary that he often used drugs and drank alcohol even before every game. Among the substances that he used were Xanax, cocaine, codeine, marijuana and methazine.
In 2013, Gordon was suspended for two games over codeine use. But he argued then that it must have come from the cough syrup prescribed to him by a doctor. In 2014, he was arrested on DUI and then went into rehab that lasted for two weeks.
Gordon was also upfront about being a part of a gang, and about carrying a gun. It’s not clear if he shot at somebody and if that were true, it wasn’t done “maliciously.”
Jackson said that hopefully Gordon did not say anything that will hurt his career in the long run.
“I’m sure there will be lessons learned from him for all of that. I said this a long time ago: There’s cleansing people go through in these situations,” the coach said. “But like I said, I don’t think there’s anything great about that.”
Regardless of the article, the Browns coach said that they are not treating Gordon any different. He still has to fight for the right to be out there on the field. The wide receiver is expected to play on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers.
The coach said that Gordon at least earned the right to play in that game. “He’s got to earn the right to be here each and every day, and he’s been outstanding thus far here,” he said.