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Browns Josh Gordon on How He & Others Players Did Drugs & Get Drunk Before Games

Cleveland Browns’ WR Josh Gordon was recently reinstated by the NFL after he served a series of suspensions for drug use. He hasn’t played a game for the Browns since 2014 but the team is looking to bring him back for their Week 13 game against the Chargers. Gordon recently opened up about these transgressions and how it has been an issue since middle school in an interview with GQ.com.

Gordon discussed how prior to his 35-day stint in rehab at the end of 2016, he would be in bars having two drinks and prior to leaving, he would come up with reasons to stay. That’s when he said he felt like he hit rock bottom. Gordon also has a different outlook about recovery efforts for his drug addiction than when he first went in rehab.

“If I plan on having any type of a career, I’ll stop. But at this point I thought, If I want any type of a life, if I wanted to live, I’ll stop. It was like: You’re never going back to f****** work ever, if you can’t figure out how to live. Because at this point in time, the trajectory, you’re going to die. You’re going to kill yourself.”

Gordon also revealed that he was able to function with no issues while on drugs prior to practices and even games.

“I definitely pushed the limit. I don’t know how I did it. It could be before games, it could be before practice, after practice. You see other guys kinda doing it, but I would take it to another level a lot of times. Feeling as though I was being enabled, I thought it was an okay thing to do: Well, this is the norm. And it wasn’t. It definitely wasn’t.”

Gordon made his drug and alcohol use a ritual before every game. It was so influential on his life that he would continue it after games and party whether Cleveland won or lost.

“We would stay at the team hotel and then players are allowed to go back home, get what they need, and then go to the game. So I’d leave the hotel early morning, go home, eat breakfast, do my little ritual, whatever it may be, some weed, some alcohol, and then go to the game. And then, I’d definitely be partying after every game, win or lose. Every game.”

It’s good to see Gordon attempting to live a sober life. At one point in time, he was regarded as being one of the best receivers in the NFL. Gordon is only 26 so time will tell If he still has a chance to utilize this potential.

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