Cris Carter: Drugs mean more to Browns' Josh Gordon than football

In today's Browns news update, legendary Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cris Carter didn't pull punches when addressing the potential suspension for Cleveland Browns wideout Josh Gordon.

Carter struggled with his own substance abuse problems prior to being cut by the Philadelphia Eagles early in his playing days. After sobering up, Carter went on to a Hall-of-Fame career with the Vikings.

According to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot (via Frank Schwab of Shutdown Corner), Carter had this to say about Josh Gordon's own struggles with drug use:

"It's fairly obvious that (using substances) is more important to him than anything else "

"It's always been very, very important to him. It's well-documented that it's been primary since early college. Maybe it even goes back to early high school.''

Regardless of how blunt Cris Carter's words may come off, he does have sympathy for Gordon's situation - something which has plagued him ever since his days at Baylor and Utah -

"Fans are unrealistic because they all think if they were in that situation, they would never do that,'' said Carter. "Everyone always thinks it's easy.

"Josh can't even help himself. How can he help the fans?''

Gordon currently faced the possibility of a year-long suspension from the NFL in relation to the league's substance abuse policy.


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