Josh Gordon returned from his ten game suspension from the NFL to clock 120 yards in his first appearance for the Cleveland Browns' this season - helping the team to a close fought 26-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 12.
But while Gordon seemed to slide back into the groove out on the gridiron with his teammates, the wide receiver has today revealed his disappointment with some in the organization who he feels failed to stick by him during his time away from the team, and have since distanced themselves from him.
Speaking to Mary Kay Cabot of the Northeast Ohio Media Group this week Gordon opened up about the difficulties he faced while sitting out the first ten weeks of the 2014 NFL season and, as is typical of his outspoken nature, the WR star wasn't afraid to tell it how it is.
"The lowest point of all this I think was the disassociation from a lot of friends you thought were close or you thought were kind of cool with really not checking on you anymore," explained Gordon.
"(Not) hitting you up anymore, (not) wanting to hang out."
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And Gordon made it clear that it wasn't just long-term friends that left him hanging as he spent time away from the NFL following a suspension for breaking the league's drug policy.
"As far as even people in here (with the Browns), I don't want to throw names around but I can see it.
"I'm definitely really observant so I see how people might just be more standoffish (than) they were before. It's kind of like a disease. People they want to see it, but they don't really want to touch it."
Gordon's revelation will be a worry for both the Browns hierarchy and fans of the franchise who had hoped their star player would be able to return to the locker room without too much controversy.
Clearly though the player himself feels that, both during his time in exile and since his return, some of his teammates have not shown the support he was hoping for.
It remains to be seen whether this takes its tole out on the field, but it certainly cannot help to see players suspicious of one-another as the Cleveland Browns head into one of the most crucial periods in their recent history.
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