Packers’ Aaron Rodgers may face NFL reprimand for drug use

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

The Green Bay Packers have the reigning NFL MVP lining up for them at quarterback this season, but the intricacies of Aaron Rodgers’ personality extend far beyond the lines of the football field.

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

It’s unclear what, if any, punitive powers the league has at its disposal through its code of conduct policy, especially considering Rodgers was only a verbal admission about drug activity that took place years ago in a different continent. However, the United States government classifies ayahuasca as a Schedule I drug, which places it in the same category as heroin, LSD (commonly known as acid), ecstasy, and marijuana.

Ayahuasca also contains a substance banned by the NFL known as DMT (N,N-dimethyltryptamine). That fact could potentially open up a different can of worms for Rodgers, though any attempt by the NFL to punish him for such a violation would not be supported by a positive drug test, unless the quarterback has continued to use the hallucinogen since returning from South America and tests positive later.

If Rodgers missed any games in 2022 for whatever reason, former first-round draft pick and third-year backup quarterback Jordan Love would fill in at 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 top sports analyst at Fox, spoke to TMZ Sports on Friday and said she thinks Rodgers may have gotten into trouble with commissioner Roger Goodell by admitting to drug use.

I don’t know, the NFL is very happy that he takes hallucinogens. I’m sure the commissioner will come over and have a talk with him. I’m sure the NFL will probably call him up and say, “That doesn’t look good.”

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


Packers quarterback Rodgers said drug use led to the best seasons of his career

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

Rodgers discussed his use of the hallucinogen and how it helped him become a more successful football player as part of the August 3 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 improved his mental health and improved relationships with his colleagues, which Rodgers directly credited with helping him win back-to-back MVP awards the past two seasons.


Aaron Rodgers’ challenging journey towards self-love and mental health | Aubrey Marcus podcastIn a sports world where every word and action is scrutinized by pundits 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 speaks 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 really don’t believe in coincidences at this point. It is the universe making things happen when they are supposed to happen.

There [are] signs and synchronicities around us at all times, if we are awake enough to see them and take them in and listen to our intuition when it speaks to us or smacks us over the head saying, “Hey fool, this is what you’re supposed to be doing.”

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

During those two seasons, Rodgers also had 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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