April 12th, 2016 at 2:20 PM ^

To see someone lucky enough to be given millions and millions to play a freaking game not appreciate how rare and lucky his circumstances in life are. The NFL should ban any player who breaks drug rules for life on the 1st offense. Let the up and comers start seeing guys like Gordan working at Burger King and maybe those kids will realize how precious the chance to be paid millions to play football is.

East German Judge

April 11th, 2016 at 7:55 PM ^

What should the caption be for this story....

"The news comes on the heels of sources telling ESPN that Gordon is living with former Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel off of Sunset Boulevard."

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Blue in Yarmouth

April 12th, 2016 at 7:43 AM ^

Listen, I won't lie and say that I haven't indulged in the smoking of weed in my day. I'll also say that, like many others, I don't believe weed is much of a health risk, certainly no more so than things like alcohol. The thing is, no matter how much many of you don't like it weed is still illegal in most of the USA and Canada. That fact renders the "he smoked weed, who gives a shit" pointless. The law does.

There are probably many laws on the books that people disagree with but the fact is they are laws, hence it makes doing those things illegal. Not to mention that employers can make their own rules as to what is acceptable behavior and what isn't. 

If a person can't refrain from certain types of behavior that either the law or their employer deems unacceptable that says something about the person. If he's willing to put his millions of dollars at risk to smoke a little weed I'd say he a) has an issue with the drug and b) doesn't know how to set priorities. 

Either way, the "it's only weed, who cares" defense is ridiculous. 

The Mad Hatter

April 12th, 2016 at 8:31 AM ^

So all the gay people living in Texas should have just, what, been celibate before then?  You would have been ok with someone being fired or disciplined by their employer for being gay?

Think before you answer, because sodomy laws usually covered all non procreative sex, including heterosexual oral and anal.


April 12th, 2016 at 9:09 AM ^

I'm not going to try to start a political debate about legalizing weed, but I feel you can't really compare the two. Based on what you said, one can't choose whether or not they are gay. But you can choose to not smoke a blunt. No one is forcing Gordon to smoke. Instead, he's choosing to smoke instead of working a job that would pay $10 million a year.

Of all D1 football players, 1.5 percent are able to go pro, and I bet 99 percent of that 1.5 percent would kill to have the type of talent that Gordon has. I think people here find issue with the fact that Gordon won the genetic lottery, yet is wasting every bit of that super rare talent.

Mr Miggle

April 12th, 2016 at 9:26 AM ^

If they were Catholic priests, then yes.

Marijuana is an issue not because of its legality, but because of the NFL. They don't have to test for it, but they do. They could look upon it as a very minor offense, as indeed the law does in many jurisdictions. As part of their CBA, they don't. Nobody knows that better than Gordon.

I don't think the owners care whether it's legal or not. If that was the case, they'd could simply let the legal system do its job and punish players who got caught up in it, like they do with other laws. They're afraid that players indulging will lead to their conditioning and play to suffer.

I think the bigger issue is that the NFL players are far from unified and are represented by a feeble and possibly corrupt union. That puts them at a major disadvantage in dealing with a determined and certainly corrupt legalized monopoly. While the players have negotiated the terms of their employment, it's hardly a level playing field.






Greyhound 96

April 11th, 2016 at 7:47 PM ^

There's a place in my heart for men like Gordon (don't take that the wrong way) that I always find myself rooting for them to get their lives together. There's just something that leaves a bad taste in my mouth about wasted talent.


April 11th, 2016 at 10:55 PM ^


I have dealt with addiction with family members. You are always an addict but can chose to not use and put family first. There are enough recovering addicts out there that you should know this.

Also, pot "addiction" isn't anything like alcohol, cocaine, heroin etc. You pretty much CAN choose to not use.

As I said, he's a loser. He's addicted to making bad choices, not drugs. You're addicted to stupidity.

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April 11th, 2016 at 7:58 PM ^

Manziel in particular seems to me like he clearly needs to get into rehab and into a 12 step program. I don't know either of them personally, but I hope both of them can get some help and get their lives on track


April 11th, 2016 at 7:58 PM ^

Josh, how are you gonna drop dirty AND dilute at the same time? If you're gonna try to fool the drug test there are a lot better ways than trying to flush your system the day of.


April 11th, 2016 at 7:59 PM ^

This is a very Browns thing to happen, and as a Lions fan I can empathize. I don't have a problem with drugs in general and especially not weed, but either he's a complete moron or has a legitimate problem. Sad either way

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April 11th, 2016 at 8:58 PM ^

Dude... the whole "it's just a plant" argument is the dumbest possible argument you can make for legalization. It's sad, because there are lots of smart arguments to make for it. I'm actually more in favor of legalization than not. But hearing dumb stoners say that over and over turns me off. Like if I didn't know better, I would say perhaps it's all the weed that is making these people so fucking stupid.

As if potentially harmful things don't occur in nature.


April 11th, 2016 at 8:14 PM ^

This guy has problems. Johnny manziel has problems. It would be funny if it wasn't so sad. I just wish they would get help, but clearly losing your job and team isn't rock bottom enough. What a waste.


April 11th, 2016 at 8:14 PM ^

It's sort of amazing if you think about it.  That's just a massive confluence of craziness if he was also hanging out with Manziel.

That said, I'd almost just say let the guy play in the NFL.  This is a league that seems to not have much trouble letting wife beaters, perscription-drug addicts, murders, guys with multiple violent offenses to their names, and a littany of other transgressions worse than weed play.  So what the hell, let Gordon slam into large men for a couple of years and make his money.