Editor's note: Tony Grossi covers the Cleveland Browns for ESPN 850 WKNR.
Hey Tony: Can you please explain why Josh Gordon was indefinitely suspended for having a couple of drinks on an airplane while the league had seemingly no means of monitoring or regulating the behavior of Johnny Manziel? How much more evidence over the last two years did the league need to prove Manziel should have been in the substance abuse program? Why did the league fail to help Manziel while so heavily punishing Gordon for comparatively minor transgressions? The NFL's double standard for Manziel contributed to horrible (and potentially tragic) consequences for Johnny and those around him.
-- Nick, Charlotte, North Carolina
Hey Nick: Gordon was suspended indefinitely because he had a violation while in Stage 3 of the league intervention program. As terms of a previous suspension, Gordon agreed to abstain from alcohol. He did not and was suspended indefinitely. Gordon previously was suspended for testing positive for codeine, a banned substance, and for marijuana. He also had a DUI, which resulted in a negotiated suspension that included the ban on alcohol use. Under the league substance abuse program, discipline increases for repeat offenders. I agree the NFL has been lax in monitoring Manziel’s possible drug and alcohol use. I assumed that Manziel’s self-admittance to a substance abuse treatment center in 2015 would have entered him into the NFL’s intervention program. If so, he would have been tested randomly for banned substances and probably would have been suspended and helped by now.
Hey Tony: I am sick to death of the nauseating saga of Johnny Manziel and all the people who feel sorry for him. I feel sorry for families in this country who have to work 80 hours a week at McDonald’s just to make ends meet. How about you?
-- Tom, Santa Monica, California
Hey Tom: I believe Manziel is suffering from a sickness. Whether or not you want to feel empathy for him is your decision.
Hey Tony: If the Browns release Manziel, who would get first crack at him? The team with the worst record? If so, why wouldn't we trade him to the Texans and get something for him, rather than him going to the Cowboys and we get nothing?
-- Bill, Rochester, New York
Hey Bill: When Manziel is waived, teams with the worse 2015 records get first crack at claiming him. I assume the Browns researched the possibility of Dallas or another unsuspecting team trading for him and his guaranteed contract and discovered there was no team up for it. Who would trade for a project player with those off-the-field issues? Not even Jerry Jones would.
Hey Tony: Ed Werder of ESPN tweeted that Johnny Manziel has told people close to him that the Cowboys, Chiefs and Rams have all expressed interest in him. Johnny is still under contract with the Browns. If Werder’s report is true, aren’t all three teams guilty of tampering?
-- Tom, Louisville, Kentucky
Hey Tom: Tampering is one of the NFL’s hardest-to-enforce rules. There has to be evidence that a team communicated with a player or team to entice him, not just the report of interest. I thought that a case could have been argued that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones violated league tampering rules by consistently talking of coveting Manziel on his Dallas-area radio show over the past year. But the Browns apparently never pressed the issue and the league let it pass.
Hey Tony: How is it that Randy Gradishar, who grew up in Northeast Ohio, is not considered for enshrinement. I know he was a finalist in 2003 and 2008 but some of the people like Warren Sapp and Harry Carson are enshrined but not Randy, an 8-time Pro Bowl playedr, 2-time first team All Pro, NFL defensive player of the year, yada yada. His character is also top notch. Could you explain how us former classmates and friends can get him noticed. This seems unfair.
-- Denny, Warren, Ohio
Hey Denny: I voted for Gradishar both times he was a finalist. I remember there was not a lot of discussion about him, so I can’t explain why he didn’t receive enough support to be inducted. Hopefully, his candidacy will receive another airing through the senior committee.
Hey Tony: Was Whitney Houston's national anthem really better than Marvin Gaye's at the NBA All-Star game?
-- Tom, Charlottesville, Virginia
Hey Tom: Gaye’s version was epic for its innovation. But to somebody who favors the more traditional approach to performing our national anthem, Houston’s version ranks No. 1.
Hey Tony: Hue Jackson hired Greg Seamon, one of the Bengals' four area scouts who scouted the Northeast, as tight ends coach. Was this a veiled way for Jackson to bring in a scouting voice that he knows and trusts without stepping on toes in the front office?
-- Mike, Cincinnati, Ohio
Hey Mike: When Jackson announced the hiring of Seamon, he cited his work in personnel but said, “He has always been a coach in my eyes.” I don’t doubt that Jackson will tap Seamon’s experience in personnel, also. The Browns’ new management restructuring should rely on Jackson and coaches a lot for evaluating personnel.
Hey Tony: Von Miller is that rare athlete that can totally disrupt an offense. However, there seem to be more busts trying to draft a speed rusher than almost any other position. I'd hate to see the Browns give up on Barkevious Mingo. I know that he's not Von Miller, but he does have the speed. Every time I saw Mingo last year, he was covering a receiver. Mingo also doesn't seem to have the power to hold the edge. Do you think he'll be in Ray Horton's plans? Did Joey Bosa's draft stock go up after Von Miller's performance?
-- Rick, Shreveport, Louisiana
Hey Rick: Mingo has been an enigma since being taken sixth overall in the 2013 draft. His speed and quickness were why the Browns projected him as an edge rusher in the 3-4 defense being installed at the time by coordinator Ray Horton. Mingo’s lack of strength should have been a concern -- evidenced by the fact he never did the bench press at the combine or at his pro day workout. As it turned out, Mingo’s modest numbers under Horton as a rookie -- five sacks, 29 solo tackles -- have held up as his career highs after three years. So maybe the return of Horton will re-invigorate Mingo’s career. As for Bosa, pass rushers are always in high demand. I don’t think Miller’s Super Bowl MVP performance altered anything.