Berea, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Despite his off-field troubles, the Cleveland Browns are not thinking about releasing wide receiver Josh Gordon.
This was revealed by Browns owner Jimmy Haslam though he emphasized that players like Gordon need to understand they are accountable to the team and fans.
“No,” Haslam simply said when asked if releasing Gordon was ever an option.
Gordon is facing a minimum one-year ban for failing an offseason drug test, and also was arrested for a DWI this offseason. His hearing in front of commissioner Roger Goodell is set for Aug. 1.
“I’ll say this. First and foremost, we care about our players and want our players to take care of themselves and make good decisions, and we’re going to do everything we can to support them,” Haslam said.
“At the same time, the players have to understand they’re accountable to themselves, to their teammates, to the front office, and to our fans. People have to understand that, and I’ll leave it at that,” he added.
Haslam also said the Browns “expect better” than they got from rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel this offseason, when photos of him partying were Internet staples.
“I think Johnny said it well,” Haslam said. “He made some rookie mistakes. The really great athletes make their news on the field, not off the field.”
Haslam is hoping that Manziel pattern his career after LeBron James, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Derek who “make news on the field, not off the field.”
“I’m sure they all made their mistakes at 21, 20 years old when they first came in the league,” Manziel said. “But what I take away from that is you learn from the best, and you learn how those guys have carried themselves”.