Report: Cleveland Browns Josh Gordon continues to make poor decisions
By Thomas Moore
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon may face some questions from the NFL over his roommate choice.
The Cleveland Browns and Josh Gordon are in a holding pattern waiting on word from the NFL about whether or not the thrice-suspended wide receiver will be reinstated.
They may be waiting a while longer, however, following a report from ESPN that Gordon has taken up residence in Los Angeles with Johnny Manziel.
The free agent quarterback told TMZ over the weekend that he was “living out here with my guy, Von Miller. Everybody knows Von Miller. Super Bowl MVP, Von Miller, my brother. I’m living with him right now. We’re getting our lives together, bro.”
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But if the ESPN report is accurate, Manziel saying he is living with Miller is just another in a long string of lies that he has told since being selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, much like his often-repeated story that he was ready to start taking his career seriously.
As far as the Browns and their fans are concerned, the only part of this story that matters is what Gordon is up to and this latest news is probably not going to go over well with the league office.
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“The process is that we’ll go back and we’ll look at how he’s conducted himself over the last several months, what he’s done to make sure it’s consistent with the terms of his suspension,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said in his annual Super Bowl press conference. “I will engage with our people to understand where he is, where he’s been, but most importantly it’s where he’s going. When these things happen, it’s about trying to avoid them in the future.
“Our No. 1 issue here is to prevent these things from happening. I’m hopeful that Josh understands that he’s going to have to conduct himself differently going forward to be a member of the NFL and to be representing the Cleveland Browns, or any team in the NFL. So our job is to try to get people to understand that, try to make sure that they live by the policies that we have and ensure that this is what all of us in the league want, but also I think our fans want. our fans want players playing by the same rules.”
While Gordon is certainly within his rights to choose anyone he likes as a roommate, hanging out with a player who is basically persona non grata in the eyes of the NFL can’t be seen as demonstrating a willingness to “conduct himself differently,” to use Goodell’s words, and is likely something the league will be taking a closer look at as they determine Gordon’s NFL future.