Josh Gordon admits to using drugs or alcohol before playing in NFL games

After emerging as one of the most promising and electrifying offensive players in the game from 2012-2014, Josh Gordon’s NFL story has since turned into a cautionary tale for potential professional athletes all over the country.

The Cleveland Browns selected Gordon in the second-round of the Supplemental NFL Draft in 2012, after a college career at Baylor and Utah that was marred by failed drug tests and trouble off the field.

He quickly became a force at the professional level, leading the league with 1,646 receiving yards in 2013 – just his second NFL season.

Gordon has since been dealt multiple suspensions for substance abuse. He was recently conditionally reinstated to the NFL by commissioner Roger Goodell, but he still has to meet strict requirements before he will actually be allowed to return to the Browns for practice or games.

In an interview with Clay Skipper of GQ magazine that was released on Monday, the Cleveland Browns wide receiver opened up on hard-hitting topics such as his battles with addiction, his latest attempt at making an NFL comeback, and then fact that he used drugs or alcohol before every NFL game he played in.

“I used to make a ritual of it before every game,” Gordon explained. “If I had already been drug tested that week, or the day before the game, I knew I had a couple days to buy to clean my system. Even before I was getting tested for alcohol, prior to my DWI in 2014, I would take the biggest bong rip I could. And try to conceal all the smell off all my clothes. I’d be dressed up to go to the game. A bunch of guys smoke weed before the game. But we’re not talking about them.”

“I would have these little pre-made shots. I used to love Grand Marnier. I could drink it down smooth. I could usually drink a lot of it. But if it wasn’t that, it might be a whiskey or something. And I would drink probably like half a glass, or a couple shots to try and warm my system up, basically. To get the motor running. That’s what I would do for games.”

Gordon went on to tell Skipper that he had a substance of some sort in his system for ‘every game’ of his career, including college and his back-to-back 200-yard receiving performances for the Browns in 2013.

If Gordon was an All-Pro-caliber player while he was battling his drug and alcohol addictions, imagine how good he could have been had he been clean that whole time.

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