Packers’ Aaron Rodgers May Face NFL Reprimand For Drug Use

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Aaron Rodgers for Capital One’s The Match in 2022.

The Green Bay Packers have the reigning NFL MVP ahead of them as quarterback this season, but the complexity of Aaron Rodgers’ personality extends far beyond the lines of the football field.

The NFL has not released a statement about the quarterback since he revealed on a podcast Wednesday that he used a plant-based hallucinogen called ayahuasca while visiting South America in 2020.

It’s not clear what punitive powers the union has at its disposal through its code of conduct policy, especially given that Rodgers was merely a verbal confession about drug activities that took place on another continent years ago. However, the United States government classifies ayahuasca as a Schedule I drug, placing it in the same category as heroin, LSD (commonly known as acid), ecstasy, and marijuana.

Ayahuasca also contains an NFL banned substance known as DMT (N,N-Dimethyltryptamine). That fact could potentially open another can of worms for Rodgers, though any attempt by the NFL to punish him for such an offense would not be backed up by a positive drug test — unless the QB has continued to use the hallucinogen since his return from South Africa. America and then tests positive.

If Rodgers were to miss games in 2022 for any reason, Jordan Love, former first-round draft pick and third-year backup quarterback Jordan Love, would fill in below center.

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Former NFL player suggests League isn’t happy with Rodgers

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GettyShannon Sharpe after being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on February 5, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Shannon Sharpe, a former NFL tight end and prominent sports analyst on Fox, spoke to TMZ Sports on Friday and said he believes Rodgers has caused himself some trouble with Commissioner Roger Goodell by admitting drug use.

I don’t know if the NFL is too happy about using hallucinogens. I am sure the Commissioner will contact him and have a conversation with him. I’m sure the NFL will probably call him and say, “That doesn’t look good.”

[Rodgers’ use of ayahuasca] seems weird to me. But whatever helps a person become a better person and find their inner self, I’m fine with it.


Packers’ QB Rodgers said drug use led to career’s best seasons

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GettyQuarterback Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers looks on during a fourth quarter timeout of a game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 19, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Rodgers talked about his use of the hallucinogen and how it helped him become a more successful football player as part of the August 3rd edition of the Aubrey Marcus Podcast.

The reason the experience was helpful, Rodgers continued, is because it allowed him to “love.” [himself] unconditionally.” He said the results were improved mental health and improved relationships with his colleagues, which Rodgers credited directly by helping him win consecutive MVP Awards over the past two seasons.


Aaron Rodgers’ Challenging Journey to Self-Love and Mental Health | Aubrey Marcus PodcastIn a sports world where every word and every action is scrutinized by experts and bloggers alike, it’s rare for an athlete at the top of the game to share the raw and vulnerable truth. In this unprecedented podcast, Super Bowl-winning quarterback Aaron Rodgers opens up with radical authenticity about his challenging journey to…2022-08-03T12:54:47Z

I don’t think it’s a coincidence. I really don’t. I don’t really believe in coincidence right now. It is the universe that makes things happen when they should happen.

Over there [are] signs and synchronicities all around us at all times – when we’re awake enough to see and absorb them and listen to our intuition when it speaks to us or bangs us in the head and says “Hey dummy , this is what you should do.”

Whatever the reason, it’s hard to argue that his last two seasons weren’t the best of Rodgers’ career. He was selected to the Pro Bowl and was named First-Team All Pro both years while leading the entire league in QB rating.

During those two campaigns, Rodgers also racked up 8,414 passing yards and 85 touchdowns compared to just nine interceptions. He also rushed for 250 yards and six touchdowns.

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