Cris Carter knows a thing about drug addiction, the retired NFL wide receiver overcame addiction and went on to become a Hall of Famer after eight pro bowl appearances during his time with the Minnesota Vikings. Well the 48-year old has now come out and said that drug use is more important to Josh Gordon than the game of football after failing drug tests twice in successive seasons.
"It's fairly obvious that (using substances) is more important to him than anything else,'' Carter told cleveland.com in a phone interview. "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.''
Gordon is an incredible receiver, but he is ruining his career to a rule - that while highly debated - nearly every other player in the league has managed to abide by.
Carter turned his life and career around in Minnesota after Eagles coach Buddy Ryan cut him in 1990, and helps plenty of players in the NFL struggling with substance abuse, but only the ones who are open to it.
"If the building is on fire and the person decides to stay in there, I don't run in there and get him out,'' Carter said. "If you see them breaking the glass, if you see them struggling and trying to get out -- that's my analogy of how I help out the guys in the league and the kids that really, really need help.''
Gordon just doesn't seem at all fazed by the drug bans and is happy to carry on living like a stoner rather than a professional football player.