Tyrann Mathieu: 'Josh Gordon must figure it out himself'

Wide receiver Josh Gordon #12 of the Cleveland Browns runs for a gain during the second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 24, 2013
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Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu believes that Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon needs to figure out his off-field problems himself.

Tyrann Mathieu has said that Josh Gordon must learn to put his off-field problems behind him in order to focus on his NFL career.

The Cleveland Browns wide receiver led the NFL in receiving yards last season, but is facing a year-long suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy and was arrested last week for a DWI offence.

The Arizona Cardinals safety, who was nominated for the Heisman Trophy in college before being suspended from the LSU football programme for substance abuse, told NFL Network: "Me, having been through it and having a little bit of experience with that, I don't think anybody in the world could possibly tell him anything.

"No one could tell me anything when I was going through it. I had to figure it out for myself. Hopefully he will get the point.

"Hopefully he will get the message, but most of the time it takes for people to hit rock bottom for them to start believing in their self and start seeking help. A lot of people can reach out to you, but that doesn't mean you always take that help and take that advice. He just has to want it for himself."

Mathieu made 68 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and two interceptions during his rookie season in the league, before missing the end of the campaign with a knee ligament injury.

Wide receiver Josh Gordon #12 of the Cleveland Browns runs for a gain during the second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 24, 2013
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