NFL players on J. Gordon via social media
Gordon allegedly had a blood-alcohol count of .09, which would be over the legal limit of .08. It marked a continuing pattern of behavior that has drawn attention from players, fans and the Browns organization.
Gordon faces a minimum one-year ban for failing an offseason drug test. He has been pulled over twice this offseason, once with marijuana in the car and the second time for the DWI. He was suspended two games a year ago and played two without pay. He also did not last at two different colleges.
The general theme from those players who voiced their opinions about Gordon were strong: Don’t criticize Gordon; instead put the focus on helping him.
One teammate was angry at the public bashing Gordon has received. As of Saturday evening his name had appeared in more than 45,000 tweets, most of them critical and negative.
Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor posted this Sunday morning:
These so called fans talking trash about my teammate are childish. You don't know him or what he's going through. Try helping him instead!— Phil Taylor (@PhilTaylor98) July 5, 2014
This from former teammate D’Qwell Jackson, now with the Colts, drew a lot of attention:
If you're close to Josh Gordon please help this kid, it's not about football anymore it's about picking up the pieces of his life.— D'Qwell Jackson (@DQ52) July 5, 2014
Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts:
Instead of attacking Josh Gordon, pray for him! It's crazy to me how we judge people when we all are battling with our own faults and issues— Cecil Shorts (@CecilShortsIII) July 5, 2014
From former NFL linebacker Keith Bulluck:
Everybody wanna talk about Josh Gordon but no ones trying to help smh...the cycle continues— Keith Bulluck (@KBull53) July 5, 2014
Finally, Ben Watson, former Browns and current Saints tight end, and a member of the NFL Players Association Executive Committee, said this:
I understand the disappointment but publicly calling Josh Gordon, a waste of talent/potential etc serves no positive purpose at this point.— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) July 5, 2014
He's clearly a troubled man who needs help. But his life is worth more than the balls he can catch and how fast he can run.— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) July 5, 2014
I don't believe anyone is unsaveable. The question is will we give them the support and tough love they need before just writing them off.— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) July 5, 2014