Jimmy Haslam says Browns won't tolerate irresponsible players
After Cleveland Browns rookie Johnny Manziel and Justin Gilbert were late for team activities and wide receiver Josh Gordon was suspended for skipping a practice, owner Jimmy Haslam has had enough.
Haslam said that continued irresponsible behavior won't be tolerated.
“I think this is the ultimate team game, and I think a player who can’t show up for meetings, can’t make practice, can’t make weightlifting, disrespects himself," Haslam said. "But more importantly, I think what these young guys miss, they disrespect the team, the staff, the fans. There’s a lot of people in our organization whose livelihood depends on how well we do.
"We’re not going to tolerate people that are irresponsible no matter what round they’re drafted in. We’re going to give them a chance. They’re young kids. Hopefully, they’ll grow up. We’re going to work with them. But if they can’t grow up, if they can’t be responsible to their teammates and the coaches and our great fans, they then won’t be with the Cleveland Browns.”
Manziel was punished for skipping treatment.
Gilbert was late for a team meeting.
Gordon wasn't allowed to make the trip after failing to show up for practice.
Haslam said that coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer will be back.
“I think they’ve done a goods job,” Haslam said. “”Listen we’re all disappointed. We were 7-4. Didn’t think we’d be 7-9. I think it’s real positive how hard the guys played today, when you tyink how many guys we had hurt, we’re playing our third-team quarterback who’s never taken a snap in a live game and we got toe to toe with a team that’s made the playoffs seven of the last eight years – in their facility.
“Guys played hard and did a good job. We’re happy with what Ray and Mike did. I know they want to get better next year. We’re going to go to work on that tonight."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun