Browns receiver Josh Gordon says he matured during his year-long suspension.
Browns receiver Josh Gordon addressed the media Thursday for the first time since being reinstated from his year-long suspension.
“I definitely think I’m a different person,” he said, according to ESPN. “If you haven’t changed over a period of time, that's a bad thing. I think me standing here is a testament to that. Most people might not see it that way. That just comes with the territory of me being who I am, considering my past.”
Gordon was suspended for two games in 2013 for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. A year-long substance abuse suspension in 2014 was reduced to 10 games on appeal. Gordon was then suspended for one year in 2015 after testing positive for alcohol.
“I wouldn't wish that upon on anybody,” Gordon said of his year away from the game, according to Cleveland.com. “But the point has definitely gotten across to me clear as day. It's not a place you want to go back to or ever get to. I'm grateful. I'm thankful to be here in Cleveland and I believe this is where I belong.”
Gordon was reinstated by the league on Monday and will be suspended for the first four games of the season. He will be able to participate in training camp, though he is currently sidelined with a quad injury.
Gordon was selected to the Pro Bowl in his second season after catching 87 passes for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in 14 games.