When retired Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter said the smart move for the Cleveland Browns is to cut troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon, it was treated by most as a way to allow the NFL player to hit rock bottom.
Michael Irvin, another retired Hall of Fame wide receiver, says Carter couldn't be more incorrect. Irvin also revealed that Carter once advised Irvin's wife that she should divorce Irvin when he was battling drug issues.
Carter is a recovered drug addict who has been sober for decades.
“I love Cris Carter to death, I thought that was a bit irresponsible of him to make the comment about releasing Josh Gordon,” Irvin said in a Miami radio interview. “You know, what works for Cris, when we’re talking about true recovery, may not work for the other, so you can’t make a blanket statement and just say, ‘Worked for me, it’ll work for him,’ because that’s not necessarily the truth and I thought it was a bit irresponsible. We have to be very careful in this position, given the situation where you’re trying to help people, you’re truly trying to help people and then also turn around, saying ‘I’m mentoring and I’m helping, I’m helping.’
"The people start thinking that you have insight on the situation or the issue or the problem so when you come out and make those kinds of comments and you’re not in his sessions with his professional help, you don’t know what’s going on in those sessions, then you’re being irresponsible. I was a bit disappointed Cris Carter made that statement.”
As for Irvin and his wife, who didn't follow Carter's advice and remains married to him, Carter allegedly said to her: “He said to my wife, ‘You know, Michael would never come out of this problem until you leave him. For years, I’ve never shared that with anybody. I’ve never in my life shared that with anybody. I was so irked with Cris because he was out of line then. His ass is out of line now. He is out of line."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun