Josh Gordon bailed out of jail by convicted felon Haydn "Fats" Thomas

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Hayden "Fats" Thomas has plenty of legal problems of his own.

Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon can't seem to stay out of trouble.

Perhaps, the problem with him is the people who chooses to associate himself with. Not long after he was arrested this weekend, Gordon's $500 bond was posted by Haydn "Fats" Thomas, a convicted felon.

Thomas was the figure at the center of the events that led to P.J. Hairston's career at North Carolina ending early. In one of multiple off-the-court run-ins, Hairston was stopped in a vehicle that was being rented by Thomas and cited with marijuana possession and driving without a license.

Thomas, a Durham party promoter and convicted felon, has been linked to other area student-athletes, including Hairston's former teammate Leslie McDonald, who was reinstated by the NCAA last season after missing nine games for accepting impermissible benefits that included cars, hotels and a cell phone.

Thomas has plenty of legal problems of his own. He plead guilty in November to charges of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Associated Press. He was sentenced to 36 months probation.

If Gordon is going to change his life and ever get back on an NFL field, he first must change who he decides to surround himself with. This is a sign that he's not quite there yet.

Gordon was also involved in an incident Memorial Day weekend in which he was pulled over for speeding, but his passenger was cited for marijuana possession.

Again, Gordon was surrounding himself with the wrong people. Perhaps, he needs to start surrounding himself with teammates like former Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, who seem to want to help the troubled but talented receiver rehab his life before it's too late.

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