Josh Gordon’s Tragically Troubled Tale
Oooooh Josh, poor, poor Josh. As much as I am a fan of your talent, as much as I appreciate you for single-handedly winning me my first fantasy football championship last year, as much as I wanted to sympathize with you when I got word about your letter…I can’t. It pains me to say this, but in short: you should be embarrassed, sir. You constantly minimized the countless offenses you committed, and above all, you make numerous excuses for why you have continued to fail these drug tests without simply owning up to your obvious mistakes. Unacceptable.
Analysts Charles Barkley, Cris Carter, and Stephen A. Smith, were told how they could not judge Josh Gordon because “they don’t know” Josh Gordon. Wrong, Josh. Wrong. Since when do you have to know someone to simply pass judgment on their universally accepted foolish decisions?
Me personally, I’m big on the whole ‘actions speak louder than words’ phrase. You can go on all night about how you’re being a good dude with good intentions, but until you show that you’re willing to change and make an effort to get your name out of the tabloids, that’s all white noise to the rest of us.
Using your upbringing as an excuse to throw away opportunities you’ve been blessed with to guys like Sir Charles and Stephen A. is pointless, considering they faced similar hardships growing up in their respective rough neighborhoods. What they’re upset about is something that you don’t understand. You are painting an awful picture for the young African American community. You finally “made it out” and are ever so clearly taking for granted the blessed opportunity you have been given. For some reason, smoking a blunt is more important than making millions and providing for your family and the community that raised you.
It’s a Pity Party
Coupled with denial is what the letter amounts to. You say, “Again, I make no excuses for my past. That culture didn’t make me do anything I didn’t want to do, but when you judge me without actually knowing me, you deny the existence of the world I come from.” That’s a contradiction in one sentence. You’re ‘not making excuses,’ but when we don’t take into consideration the environment that brought you up, that’s when we shouldn’t be allowed to judge you. No Josh, we’re allowed to judge when for the past 3 years you failed a simple drug test that you know you would ultimately be screened for. For that we judge. Idiot.