Cleveland Browns wide receiver, Joshua Caleb Gordon has revealed that he drank or did drugs before every one of his football games of his career so far.
His revelation came less than a week after being conditionally reinstated to the National Football League as he chose to come clean about what led to his two-and-a-half-year absence from the NFL.
The American footballer had one of the most spectacular seasons in recent memory, leading the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards in 2013 at 22, despite playing just 14 games and with subpar quarterbacks.
He became the first receiver in NFL history to have 200 yards in back-to-back games.
He told GQ he drank alcohol or smoked marijuana, “Every game. Probably every game of my career.” That includes college. Gordon played two seasons at Baylor.
He described how he would drink or do drugs before games.
“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.”
Gordon said he would have pre-made shots, and he preferred Grand Marnier or whiskey, or “would take the biggest bong rip I could” before games. Gordon said he wasn’t the only one.
“A bunch of guys smoke weed before the game,” Gordon said.
Gordon has been honest about his struggles with drugs and alcohol as he finally makes his way back to the NFL. He’s conditionally reinstated and could practice as soon as Nov. 20. Since his unbelievable 2013 season, he has played only five games due to suspensions and time in rehab.
He told GQ he had to get help because, “at this point in time, the trajectory, you’re going to die. You’re going to kill yourself.”