Josh Gordon says he’s felt alienated by some friends in Browns organization
Josh Gordon admits that even though it’s been great returning to the Cleveland Browns after serving his 10-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, he’s felt somewhat alienated by some of those within the organization he once considered friends.
Gordon made the revealing comments about how he’s felt he’s received the cold shoulder from some on the team to Nate Burleson in an interview set to air on the NFL Network’s “NFL GameDay Morning” show.
“The lowest point of all this I think was the disassociation from a lot of friends you thought were close or you thought you were kind of cool with really not checking on you anymore, [not] hitting you up anymore, [not] wanting to hang out,” Gordon tells Burleson, via Cleveland.com. “As far as even people in here (with the Browns), I don’t want to throw names around, but I can see it.
“I’m definitely really observant so I see how people might just be more standoffish (than) they were before. It’s kind of like a disease. People they want to see it, but they don’t really want to touch it.”
While Gordon’s return to the Browns lineup — at least on the field — has been relatively seamless, it appears he has some fences to mend with teammates and staff after letting them down and leaving them in the so-called lurch due to his lengthy suspension.
But if Gordon continues to put up numbers on the field like he did in his first game back when he caught eight balls for 120 yards in a 26-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday, odds are the effort required off the field to repair some of those possibly broken relationships will be significantly reduced.
As Gordon put it previously, he has every intent to “tear this league up.” Doing so, while leading the team to the postseason, obviously will help ease any residual tensions.
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