Robert Kraft on Josh Gordon's situation: He's a good guy. It makes us sad

Ryan Hannable
January 30, 2019 - 9:06 am

ATLANTA -- Josh Gordon certainly helped the Patriots this season.

After being acquired via trade in Week 3, Gordon played in 11 games with the Patriots and recorded 40 catches for 720 yards and three touchdowns. But, on Dec. 20 he was suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating the terms of his reinstatement.

Appearing on NBC Sports Boston's Boston Sports Tonight, Robert and Jonathan Kraft both indicated they really enjoyed being around Gordon and feel bad when it comes to everything he's been through with substance abuse and anxiety.

"He was a real good guy, and there was a connection," Robert Kraft said. "Unfortunately, people like that need mentoring at a young age, but when it becomes addiction, addiction is something that is way beyond our ---. We gave him tremendous support on a daily basis, and he was worthy. But I think we as a society have to try to help these young people not to get addicted in the first place. And that's the sad part of this. He's a good guy -- a really good guy. It makes us sad."

Jonathan Kraft said inside the locker room, Gordon was very well respected.

"This wasn't a troublemaker in the locker room," he said. "That football locker room, especially in our place, you have to be somebody that's smart, that's committed to week-in and week-out understanding what's going to be asked of you mentally as well as being willing to work physically and then being selfless. And that doesn't describe everybody on every football team, and our team took to Josh very quickly because he had those attributes, and unfortunately he had some personal demons. ... As a person and as a teammate, he was beloved in the locker room. And I'm sure if you ask guys this week, they would tell you they wish he was here with us. He was not a guy that was disruptive or a problem."

Gordon would receive a ring if the Patriots beat the Rams Sunday in Super Bowl LIII.

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