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Donte Whitner: Cleveland Browns should not cut Josh Gordon

Donte Whitner: Cleveland Browns should not cut Josh Gordon Photo: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

After Josh Gordon's DWI arrest earlier this month, many people, including Hall of Famer Cris Carter, have said the Browns should cut ties with the embattled receiver.

Browns safety Donte Whitner does not share that sentiment. In a recent interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio, Whitner let it be known that while the situation is a little alarming, it's not enough to warrant just giving up on his teammate. 

“It’s a big blow to us. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t, it’s not a big blow. But the thing is, we have to rally around him. I know all the things people say — ‘he should be cut, he should be this’ — he shouldn’t. He’s a 23-year-old kid. He made some mistakes. A lot of people’s 20-year-old sons make mistakes. We have to help him, and that’s the bottom line. We have to help him collectively. It’s not going be one person that helps him, it’s not going to be two people that help him. I’m talking about from the front office, the coaching staff, the players and his whole family. We have to help him not only for football purposes, but for life purposes to get his life in order.”

According to a report from ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio, the Browns might see things similarly. Florio reports that "it’s not likely that the Browns would cut Gordon".

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In addition to the DWI charges, Gordon also faces a year-long suspension for a second failed drug test. His appeal hearing in that matter will reportedly be at the end of this month.

- Jack Jorgensen

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