This is a joke right?
According to reports you failed yet another drug test? A test that was given to you a day after you applied for reinstatement into the NFL. This makes your fourth failed test since 2013: two for weed, one for alcohol and one for prescription cough syrup. (Sounds like you were supposed to be a rapper to me, homie.)
As J. Cole so eloquently stated on ‘No Role Modelz‘ (how fitting is that title?) off his 2014 Forest Hills Drive album: “Fool me one time, shame on you. Fool me twice, can’t put the blame on you.”
Shame on you Josh Gordon. Shame on me, too, for believing in your stupid ass.
To some that last sentence will come off a bit harsh. To others it isn’t nearly harsh enough.
You fooled me though, Josh. I honestly believed you’d have come to the realization by now that the NFL doesn’t GAF about what you think you should be allowed to do when you play in their league. The rules and regulations regarding what is and isn’t allowed by the NFL have been clearly stated to you on more than one occasion. There are millions of people in this country who’ve quit blowing tree for far less money than what you could’ve earned playing a game.
Why don’t you get it?
I’m normally not a proponent of fans dictating to celebrities (are you really a celebrity? I digress) how to live their lives. Personally I don’t really care how much you smoke or drink, you’re a human being and you have every right to do whatever you want. The issue is you still represent the Cleveland Browns (for now) and our team is dysfunctional enough on the field already. Don’t you think your roommate has put our franchise through enough drama over these last couple years?
You’re making my city look bad. Again. That’s the problem.
You’re no role model Josh Gordon. You’re just another guy who cares more about what he’s doing that night more than perfecting his craft. The truth is I know more people like you than you think, and at the end of the day I – nor anyone else – can convince you to act like a grownup. The only thing we can hope for is that someday you’ll wake up and realize that you have a god given gift that you’re literally pissing away because you can’t see passed your next high. And we can’t see passed your last low.
You’re a big boy though. Do you. Just remember you had a whole city of people pulling for you, and it makes me genuinely sad that you can’t reciprocate the love that we had ready to bestow upon you.
Real quick before I get outta here – they’re saying this latest failed test doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be reinstated, but I’ll be damned if I rely on your return for one more second. Regardless of what the NFL does with you:
“Fool me three times. . .”
You know how the song goes.
Be sure to check Facebook/Z1079 later for the latest episode of #MattAndMattSports, where myself and DJ HazMatt will talk about this in more detail.
An Open Letter to Josh Gordon, From a Die Hard Fan of the Cleveland Browns was originally published on zhiphopcleveland.com