Josh Gordon Used Hanging With Johnny Manziel To Make Himself Look Better To Commissioner Goodell


Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been reinstated on a conditional basis from his indefinite suspension for multiple drug violations.

The NFL announced Gordon’s reinstatement Monday, saying that he will be suspended for the first four games of the regular season. He will be allowed to join the Browns at their training camp, which starts Thursday, and can participate in all team meetings and activities…

“As we discussed at our [July 19] meeting, as Commissioner, I want nothing more than to see you turn your circumstances around and succeed,” Goodell wrote to Gordon. “Countless others including your agent, teammates and coaches, Mr. Haslam and the leadership of the organization, the Program professionals and Jim Brown also have pledged to provide you with every resource at their disposal. But as you acknowledged, ultimately, your future is your responsibility. I have every belief that you can make the right choices, but it will be up to you to do so.”

*Josh Gordon texts Johnny Manziel*

“Hey buddy, thanks for hanging the past year, but I’m back in the league now. You should probably get yourself some help.”

Johnny: “But I thought we were having such a great time?”

“Nah, I was just using you to make myself look like less of a druggie to Commissioner Goodell.”

“Oh, okay. Hey you still got that coke contact?”

“Dude what did I just say…”

“Oh yeah haha, hey tell McCown I said fuck you.”

Josh Gordon played this beautifully. He knew hanging around Johnny Manziel wouldn’t be great for his brand. He knew he’d be pigeon-holed as a druggie. A guy hanging with the wrong crowd. A dude more concerned with filming Couchella than watching coach’s film. He knew all of this and he rolled with Manziel anyway.

Because Josh Gordon knows Roger Goodell is a simple man. He doesn’t see things like the rest of society does, take the Brady investigation if you need some evidence (though Roger wouldn’t need any). With Josh Gordon, all Goodell saw was a guy not as into drugs as his best friend. You put him next to Johnny and Josh looks like a saint. Not a New Orleans Saint, he has better hands than that. But a guy who wouldn’t touch drugs if they were off the banned substance list. A guy who maybe stayed out till two and drank and smoke, but didn’t roll up dollar bills in the bathroom while being accused of domestic violence.

Like anything in life, comparison shapes perception. If you get into Dartmouth but your best friend gets into Harvard, you’re the dumb one. If you steal a bag of chips from a convenience store but your brother robs a liquor store, you’re the golden child. If you get a tattoo and start chain smoking but your buddy has 12 tattoos and a meth problem, you’re the clean cut friend.

So kudos to Flash Gordon for figuring out how to play Goodell like a pawn. Now if only a current Cleveland Brown commits a misdemeanor, Josh can probably get off carrying an ounce.

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