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Former Browns CEO Joe Banner on K&C details measures taken to help Josh Gordon in Cleveland

Ryan Hannable
September 21, 2018 - 11:20 am

Former Browns CEO Joe Banner, who overlapped for a year with Josh Gordon, joined Kirk & Callahan with Gerry Callahan and Greg Dickerson Friday morning to discuss the wide receiver and his thoughts on him in New England.

Banner went into the measures the Browns took with Gordon to help him with his off-field issues that include substance abuse. He was the CEO of the Browns from 2012-13.

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“So we brought in a sports psychologist and a psychiatrist whose primary function full-time was working with Josh," he said. "Again, during the year we were all there he seemed to be performing well on the field. He certainly was having some issues off the field, although they seemed to be diminished compared to what happened before and after. I thought these therapists did a great job with him and I think at the time Josh appreciated the work they did with him. We did not follow him around. We didn’t assign anybody to him in a security sense. We did work very hard to get him affiliated and have friendships with players on the team who cared about him and were willing to put in some energy talking to him, going out with him, trying to keep him away from things that would get him in trouble.

"The main thing we did was these two professionals that we brought in that worked very well together and really helped him and did produce the success on the field as well as the best behaved off-field year. Now, you have probably seen since Josh came back he has been interviewed and said even in that year — which was a shock to me —he did not play one game where he wasn’t either high or drunk. That was a time we had two people working with him and we thought he wasn’t fine by any stretch of the imagination, but we thought he was fine and making progress.”

Because of this, Banner has his doubts Gordon will be able to succeed in New England.

Listen to the complete interview below.

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