CLEVELAND - Josh Gordon was all about leading a responsible life after gratefully being selected by the Browns in the NFL's 2012 supplemental draft.
A year later, the second-year receiver finds himself explaining actions that might be deemed irresponsible during the offseason.
Speaking for the first time since the announcement that he was suspended for the first two games of the season and must also forfeit two other game checks, Gordon showed remorse for his actions. The suspension was the result of a failed drug test for the banned substance codeine that was allegedly in a cough syrup.
"Accountability is a big issue," said Gordon, who's working out with rookies prior to the arrival of veterans for the start of training camp Thursday. "We're looking forward to beyond this point. I can't really sit back and think about the past and things that have happened."
Gordon dealt with off-the-field problems in college. He was caught sleeping in a car at a Taco Bell with a teammate while a sophomore at Baylor. Marijuana was discovered in the car, but Gordon wasn't suspended because it was the first time he had been found with an illegal substance.
A year later Gordon was suspended after marijuana was discovered in his system. He then transferred to Utah, where he failed another drug test and sat out the entire 2011 season.
The Browns yielded a second-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft in acquiring Gordon in the supplemental draft. He expressed gratitude to the Browns and vowed to put his off-the-field issues behind him.
On the field last season, Gordon exhibited the types of skills seen in No. 1 receivers. At 6-feet-3 and 225 pounds, his long stride translated into deceptive speed that, combined with strength, challenged cornerbacks. He finished the season with 50 receptions for 805 yards and five touchdowns.
The suspension certainly doesn't help Gordon's cause with new management, including first-year coach Rob Chudzinski. He's apologized to his teammates and hopes again to avoid more problems.
"It's hurt a lot of people that are dealing with it," Gordon said. "I'm definitely trying to move on."
Gordon refused to go into specifics about the suspension. He didn't give a direct answer when asked if he knew that codeine was in the cough syrup.
Having had multiple disciplinary actions dealing with illegal substances, Gordon faces the possibility of more punitive actions if he tests positive for banned substances in the future. He doesn't think he has a substance-abuse problem.
Gordon didn't endear himself to fans last month when he was seen celebrating the Miami Heat's win over the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals. When faced with a barrage of angry tweets, Gordon basically said his detractors can see him on the Heat's parade float.
Former NFL offensive lineman and Cleveland resident LeCharles Bentley had several angry responses to Gordon's tweet.
"I wasn't thinking about the severity of it at the time," Gordon said. "I definitely want to apologize for that. It's such a huge deal. The fans here in Cleveland take their sports seriously. That was a blank-mind moment at that time."
Gordon can't afford many more of those types of moments.