I want to believe Josh Gordon. I'm a fan and fans turn a blind eye to many things if it can help their team. I admit my issue with Josh Gordon this past year is more about his failings on the field than off. Hoyer and Manziel get a lot of grief for their play but Gordon was the real reason the offense struggled down the stretch. He was out of shape, didn't know the plays, and giving half effort. His insertion into the lineup destroyed the cohesion of a bunch of players with marginal talent that had overachieved all season. To see a man with a skill set better than 90% of the players in the league going through the motions while \less talented players that had gotten results sat the bench was frustrating. It was a pitiful performance by Gordon and I was glad they suspended him for the last game.
Having said that, Gordon says a lot of good things in his letter and I agree with a lot of them. The codeine thing ... dumb but understandable. The second hand smoke ... it could happen to anyone. So could a DWI as most of us have driven close to the limit once or twice. And getting a 1 year suspension for drinking two beers and two shots after your season is over... ridiculous.
But here's the thing... are you expecting us to believe that's the only times you've done dumb things since joining the Browns? Even if everything is true there are some things he said that make no sense.
If he is serious about clearing his name then petition the NFL for all of his drug tests and then release everything to the media. Show us that it was actually codeine and the actual amount in his system. Give us a doctor's prescription with a date stamp before the positive test because most people assume you tested positive for 'purple drank'. Show us the hundreds of tests that you passed. Show us the alcohol screening from the last test and most specifically the blood alcohol content. He says he had 2 beers and 2 shots with 4 hours to get to the testing facility. Unless he was a complete idiot, he didn't show up at the testing facility until at least 3.5 hours had passed. My guess is he blew a .08 which is why he mentioned 4 drinks but he is ignoring the fact most of that would have passed through his body in 4 hours plus the time he was on the airplane. I'd also like to see his receipt from the cab he took from the airport to his hotel and from the hotel to the testing facility. Or was it a car rental? Prove to me you didn't drink and drive again Josh.
Of course we won't see it because it won't help the narrative. I want to believe you Josh but I don't believe you are serious. You have done nothing since your arrival to prove otherwise.