"After the suspension was announced, in a sense, I was kind of relieved. I was distraught and embarrassed, but I was like, man, I've been ripping and running too much, too fast. I needed to slow down. I'm glad that someone gave me a swift kick in the ass to let me know what's real and what's not."
Those are the words of Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, who is currently serving a one-year ban. It was part of a feature video put together by PROATHLETE TV, highlighting Gordon at Art Basel in Miami as he showcased his artwork and met top artists and musicians. The entire video can be seen below:
Back in February, we discussed Gordon's contract situation and whether he would become an unrestricted free agent in 2017 or 2018. Because of his suspensions in 2014, the Browns should be able to keep him under contract through 2016. Gordon filed a grievance with the NFLPA this past offseason, though, and there hasn't been any word on what the result was.
In June, Gordon's agent said that he was still keeping in touch with several Browns players. We also know that he was working out with WR Terrelle Pryor in July, and the possibility of Pryor and Gordon being in camp for 2016 remains a possibility after the team re-signed Pryor a couple of weeks ago.