To be honest, I'm not sure which aspect of this letter offends me more: the uncanny way in which Gordon toggles back and forth between claiming ownership for his own mistakes, and blaming others for his problems...or the ridiculous notion that the 23-year-old wide receiver "wrote" a single word of this well-crafted piece of publicist-driven propaganda.
"What I do know is the following: I am not a drug addict; I am not an alcoholic; I am not someone who deserves to be dissected and analyzed like some tragic example of everything that can possibly go wrong for a professional athlete. And … I am not going to die on account of the troubled state you wrongly believe my life to be in. I am a human being, with feelings and emotions and scars and flaws, just like anyone else. I make mistakes — I have made a lot of mistakes — but I am a good person, and I will persevere."
You can read the entire letter, clearly hand-crafted by not just a single publicist, but most likely an entire team of lawyers collaborating with the creative writing professors at one or more local universities, and judge for yourself.