Sometimes ideas are just so horrible that you have to question the brain capacity of the person who came up with it.
The latest sports example is unsurprisingly from the Cleveland Browns, who have decided that to cure Antonio Callaway, who the Browns picked in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, of his legal issues off the field is for him to be mentored by … drumroll please ……….. Josh Gordon!
I’ll wait for you to stop laughing.
If you don’t see the problem and how idiotic this is, let me remind you of what Gordon has accomplished in his NFL career.
Suspended two games in 2013 for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy? Check.
Arrested for driving while impaired in June 2014 and then suspended for most of the 2014 NFL season for violating the substance-abuse policy again? You bet.
Suspended for the entire 2015 season for, you got it, violating the substance-abuse policy? Yep.
Failing another drug test in 2016? Absolutely.
So, it makes no sense whatsoever that the Browns would think Callaway, who has had multiple legal issues that included drugs and was suspended for all of the 2017 college football season for his role in credit card fraud, would be a great pair with Gordon. In fact, this is possibly the worst idea the Browns have had since … well, you can insert any quarterback they drafted in the past 20 years here.
Who else did the Browns have in mind? Johnny Manziel?
For once, the Browns made astute moves in the draft and finally looked like they were going to become a competitive team again, but even calling Gordon a “mentor” is way more embarrassing than going 0-16. I never thought the idea of Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis calling “Pacman Jones” – the Josh Gordon of shooting up strip clubs — a mentor, but this is the equivalent of nailing a 70-yard field goal into the cold December Lake Erie wind.
Callaway, the rare times he was on the field for Florida, has all the talent to succeed in the NFL. While his past issues are troubling, including testing positive during a drug test at the NFL combine in February, there is the chance that a maturation process could take place and he could go on to become a star on and off the field, but he needs to be put in the right situation around the right people. Gordon is not the right person, and as we learned from his days in Gainesville, Callaway isn’t exactly the smartest man when choosing who to hang out with. When being pulled over and cited for possession of marijuana, Callaway was in the car with a man whose rap sheet would make some hardened prisoners gasp.
Cleveland took a big risk on taking someone with the reputation of Callaway, with the upside being that he turns things around and stays off the police blotter. By making Gordon the mentor for Callaway, therefore elevating him to a leadership role, team management is pouring gasoline on an already burning small fire.
The Browns should put an end to this fire before it becomes too large to extinguish.