Since everyone from NBA great Charles Barkley to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith and Cris Carter have weighed in on Browns wide out Josh Gordon, he thought it was right to respond.
He opened up to speak in an open letter written on The Cauldron:
I have let down many in Cleveland — my Browns teammates, our hard-working coaching staff, the team’s ownership, and the loyal fan base that wants nothing more than to win.
Also, I have disappointed the family and close friends who have always stood by me — no matter how tough things have been at certain points in my life. Believe me, there have been more dark days than I care to remember.
Most importantly, I have failed myself. Again.
But you know what, Charles, Stephen A., Cris and everyone else? I also have succeeded.
I succeeded by escaping a youth riddled with poverty, gang violence and very little in the way of guidance or support. I succeeded by narrowly avoiding a life of crime that managed to sink its clutches into almost all of my childhood friends. I succeeded by working tremendously hard on my craft and my body to even have a chance to play professional football for a living.
He may be right, but now it is time to wake up. People want to see him succeed, and that will not happen until he wakes up. A year off might be just that.