I’m Sorry That It’s Not My Fault

“I’d like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans. I am very disappointed that the NFL and its hearing office didn’t exercise better discretion and judgment in my case. I would like to sincerely thank the people who have been incredibly supportive of me during this challenging time, including my family, my agent, my union, my legal team, and the Cleveland Browns staff,”

                                                                           Josh Gordon

Hmmmm….I don’t see the part where he acknowledges his dumb actions and takes responsibilities for his mistakes, past and present. Josh Gordon has been pulling this baby like act for his whole football career.

Gordon smoked marijuana in high school, got suspended for it in college, switched teams because of his drug use and is now getting suspended for an entire year, but still manages TO FIND THE BALLS to pretty much say “Hey wasn’t my fault,”.

I hope Josh Gordon never plays another snap in football ever again. Gordon simply doesn’t deserve it. Sure he put up great numbers last season (missing a pair of games for drug use again), but it doesn’t matter. This is a man (a grown man and not a child) who simply doesn’t get it.

I don’t think this suspension will solve anything. Yes, it would be nice if he has a Cris Carter type of awakening, but I doubt it. I am closing the door on Gordon. Last season Gordon might’ve put himself into the elite category of receivers (ever more impressive because he is a member of the Browns), but it doesn’t amount for a thing right now. The league suspended him without blinking and they had the right too.

The NFL will find a new star quickly, like they always do, and put the memory of Gordon in the rear view mirror. Hopefully, the next football prospect will think twice about smoking marijuana or doing any type of illegal substance. Maybe Gordon’s dumb, selfish actions will actually save a young player’s career.

No one player is above the might of the NFL shield. The league does a great job at protecting its brand and boots out players that violate their code of conduct. Gordon will most likely find himself playing again next season. He is too great a talent to not be employed by some desperate team, but one puff of smoke and he is back to watching the games at home.

Joe Reyes

 

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DeSean Jackson


Career numbers, new coach, playoff bound…..and he’s cut because of gang ties. When I heard Jackson was being traded or released, most people thought it was because of contract issues. I would’ve thought Jackson would have a new contract by the end of the day when I heard he was released. Now, after hearing about the gang issues, I’m not so sure.
I could see a very long, and prying, free agency for Jackson as the media picks apart his life and we find out what kind of a person he really is. A secret gangster like Aaron Hernandez? I wouldn’t think that farm but who knows. The sports world is crazy like that.
I thought a good fit for Jackson would’ve been the Minnesota Vikings. They already have a good receiver in Cordell Patterson and in the draft the Vikings will be looking for a Quarterback. With A.P at running back Jackson could find himself in some one on one situations where his speed could win games alone.


Joe Reyes

Wow That Was Tough

During a game in March between the Miami Heat and the Minnesota Timberwolves, guard J.J Barea got a simple shove by Ray Allen. Barea decided to run up to Allen and push him to the ground. Barea got ejected and Allen shot 2 free throws and the Heat won the game. Not to say the Heat wouldn’t have won, I’m just saying it was a 6 point game when this happened.

The next day on ESPN the commentators were asked if they lost respect for Barea. Many said they gained respect for Barea. That he showed his toughness on the court. I lost respect for Barea. What did he do? He got pushed and shoved Allen back. He got tossed out of the game, got fined and maybe even suspended for a game.

This wasn’t an act of “toughness” this was an act of “stupidity”. Here’s an example of toughness: LeBron gets fouled hard and then goes off for 30 points! That’s toughness. Kobe gets fouled hard, he doesn’t complain, he doesn’t run his mouth, the man will shoot the lights out of the building and after every shot he makes he looks over at the player who fouled him.

That’s toughness. Getting tossed from a game isn’t toughness. And it’s idiotic to say that such baby-like behavior should be deemed “tough” by today’s society.

Joe Reyes