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When You're Caught Fair and Square, Admit It and Move On

This particular post was inspired by the words/actions of Josh Gordon, wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, but it applies to anyone who lacks the insight or maturity to see and admit the results of poor choices made.

Gordon is a talented football player. That's a nice thing. He is also a young man with a habit of smoking marijuana, first in college and now in the pros. This is not a nice thing, and not because I have an issue with marijuana, but because the National Football League does.

During football's off-season, Gordon tested positive for marijuana. It was not his first time doing so since becoming a professional football player. In fact, he had incurred enough infractions of this league rule that he had reached the third tier of the league's testing and enforcement policies.

Today the NFL announced that Gordon would not be able to play football this entire 2014-2015 season, nor use any of the team's facilities.

Gordon issued a statement, apologizing to his teammates, the Cleveland Browns coaches and owner and the fans for, get this, " the indiscretion of the League. "

I was flabbergasted. This highly paid professional athlete and grown man still refuses to should the burden of his own choices and actions. To this point, that would indicate to me that he has learned nothing from his misdeeds.

Now Josh Gordon has a year to think about the repercussions of his choices. I hope for his sake he gains insight into exactly who is to blame for the fact he won't be on the football field with his team this year.

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Ellis wrote on August 27, 2014, 6:17 PM

Spoilt brat comes to mind...everybody else is at fault..

Kasman wrote on August 27, 2014, 6:26 PM

He obviously doesn't think he has done anything wrong. It's funny (peculiar, not ha-ha) that many so-called celebrities think they are above the law.

LoudMan wrote on August 27, 2014, 6:53 PM

I'm sure he'll think about it. And, he'll eventually come to tears and blowing his nose with $50 bills. :)

SandraLynn wrote on August 27, 2014, 7:04 PM

UGH. Did you see the Meme I posted on FB yesterday?

"You are responsible for the choices you make. Own them."

Period. It's so hard to learn that, I know. But once you do, life can be easier. Really. Screwed up? Yep, I did. Learned from it? Yep, I did. Sucked did it? Yep, it did. Good. Let's move on. Lesson learned so you won't do it again.

This guy didn't learn a damn thing. Wonder how he'll be paying for a year's worth of weed...


allen0187 wrote on August 27, 2014, 7:16 PM

Well, he smoked marijuana and got penalized by being suspended for the whole season. Ray Rice who punched his then girlfriend was suspended for just two games. I can't figure it out honestly. I agree that Gordon needs to owe up to his actions but the league is also to blame for cuddling players that aren't good role models to begin with.

AliCanary wrote on August 27, 2014, 7:34 PM

There are rules. FOLLOW THEM. It's not that hard!

bestwriter wrote on August 27, 2014, 9:44 PM

It is good for our body and soul to admit our mistakes.

SandraLPetersen wrote on August 27, 2014, 9:51 PM

There are rules for a reason. "The league's indiscretion?" Please! An entire season of not being allowed to use the team facilities or play for the team will not really hurt him all that bad. Not if he has any amount of money stored up already from his time playing the game. What it might hurt is his future relationship with the team and his prospects should they decide his flagrant violations of league rules regarding weed are more of a liability and they want to trade him.

Feisty56 wrote on August 30, 2014, 6:54 PM

Yes, I can't imagine his behavior will change because he views the consequences as everyone's fault but his own.

Feisty56 wrote on August 30, 2014, 6:56 PM

Maybe it wouldn't occur to said celebrities that they are above the law if they were, in fact, treated the way any single one of us would have been in the same circumstances.

Feisty56 wrote on August 30, 2014, 6:58 PM

I don't think there are any insights into ownership of Gordon's bad behavior coming any time soon. After his ban from the NFL, he approached the Browns for permission to play in the Canadian Football League. The Browns didn't have to make any decisions, as CFL rules prohibit him from playing there while suspended from the NFL.

Feisty56 wrote on August 30, 2014, 7:00 PM

You are absolutely right, Sandra, that each of us is responsible for our choices and our actions. Gordon seems to be of the mindset that some find themselves in, the one where they always find a way to blame someone or something else for their mistakes.

Feisty56 wrote on August 30, 2014, 7:02 PM

In my opinion, comparing the consequences for Ray Rice's actions with those of Josh Gordon simply again gives Gordon an "out" for responsibility of his choices.

Feisty56 wrote on August 30, 2014, 7:04 PM

It really is pretty simple, isn't it? This young man needs some serious conversation about responsibility and being an adult. He's no role model now, but if he should change his personal ways and continue to be a great wide receiver once able to play the game again, then he would be someone to respect.

Feisty56 wrote on August 30, 2014, 7:05 PM

I agree, but those with mindsets like Gordon who really believe someone else is always responsible for their mistakes isn't even close to admitting his mistakes to himself, let alone others.

Feisty56 wrote on August 30, 2014, 7:08 PM

I was spitting and sputtering when I heard the newscaster read Gordon's letter aloud. It started out as if it were going to be a sincere apology, up until this guy blamed the NFL. I would guess whatever the Browns decide to do about his contract will have an awful lot to do with what Gordon does to get clean and stay straight.

Feisty56 wrote on August 30, 2014, 7:10 PM

Yes, I agree with everything you've stated here. While it's painful for each of us to acknowledge it was our own choices and actions that caused the issue at hand, it is the only responsible way to act -- and to change for the better in the future.

Bethany1202 wrote on September 4, 2014, 4:49 PM

I think you're right that he hasn't learned anything from his actions. We all make mistakes, but we should certainly LEARN from them and it takes a big person to admit to them.

k_mccormick2 wrote on October 19, 2014, 7:33 PM

You would think that he would admit that he was using, take his punishment and learn from his mistake. If there is a rule against it (and he knows the rule) then why would he play the blame game as it gets people nowhere fast. I never understood the meaning behind the blame game.