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ESPN analyst Louis Riddick calls out Josh Gordon critics

ESPN analyst Louis Riddick calls out Josh Gordon critics

Josh Gordon's announcement that he was stepping away from football to work on his mental health, and subsequent announcement from the NFL that he had violated the conditions of his reinstatement and would be suspended indefinitely, provoked a lot of reactions from all over the football world

From a football aspect, the Patriots relied heavily upon Gordon, and will now be working through the rest of the season without the threat of Gordon on the outside. 

From a personal aspect, Gordon has to do what is best for him, not what's best for the Patriots or their fans. Mental health is nothing to be trifled with and if Gordon must step away for his well-being, then so be it. 

ESPN analyst Louis Riddick emphasized this last point in a passionate speech on "Get Up", and explained that the situation isn't as simple as some of his critics are making it out be. 

Riddick blasted those who said that Gordon was blowing a huge opportunity and if they were in that spot, they would "just stop doing the dumb things that he's doing." 

Riddick put an exclamation mark on his point by telling those who were ready to hop on Twitter and explain why Gordon is just being ignorant to "be very careful, because you don't know when this could happen to you." 

Gordon may go down as one of the biggest "what-ifs" in NFL history, but as Riddick reminded us, Gordon's life is more important than his career. 

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Some NBA general managers aren't convinced Kyrie Irving will stay with Celtics

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Some NBA general managers aren't convinced Kyrie Irving will stay with Celtics

Kyrie Irving may have declared his intention to stay in Boston, but at least some NBA general managers haven't taken him off their wish lists just yet.

According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, those GMs will believe it when they see it:

As any college coach will tell you, a verbal commitment is just that. Also, the Celtics probably will be willing to make the five-year offer to Irving, but that's not in stone at this point with Irving's history of injuries and many months to go. Plenty of executives have the magnet with Irving's name on it slapped in the "UFA" (unrestricted free agent) column on their whiteboards.

But Danny Ainge -- while stressing the Celtics won't be able to negotiate with Irving until next year and that "you never know what's going to happen" -- is giving no indication that re-signing Irving will be a problem.

"We want Kyrie, Kyrie wants us, we want a long-term relationship," the Celtics president of basketball operation Danny Ainge told Toucher & RIch in his weekly interview today on 98.5 The Sports Hub. As for Winhorst's column, Ainge said: "I get what Brian is writing in that report, but it's like in Dumb And Dumber:  'So you're saying there's a chance.' "

In that vein, Windhorst reports there's also a chance -- a chance -- Anthony Davis will be moved this summer:

Davis isn't a free agent until 2020, but some teams already are mulling trade packages if Davis passes on an extension the New Orleans Pelicans can offer him next summer. This is the option that raises goose bumps among a handful of teams that think they might have a chance at landing Davis. The fact that Davis and the Pelicans are off to a fantastic start and that Davis has continued to be outwardly committed to New Orleans has not slowed this one bit.

Count the Celtics among the interested if, somehow, AD winds up on the market. 

But don't count on it.

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Patriots add ex-Broncos Bennie Fowler

Patriots add ex-Broncos Bennie Fowler

At the beginning of the day, the Patriots seemed painfully thin at wide receiver, especially after apparently just saying no -- again -- to Dez Bryant.

Now, it appears their cup is running over.

First, reports surfaced that they would bring in former Browns first-rounder Corey Coleman. And now, here comes another wideout (though one not nearly with as much promise) . . .  

Fowler signed as an undrafted free agent with the Broncos in 2015 and spent three seasons in Denver, with 56 catches for 698 yards and five touchdowns. He signed as a free agent with the Bears last spring, but was cut by Chicago.