NFL player Josh Gordon is a talented wide receiver whose career has been sidetracked due to a number of suspensions related to alcohol and marijuana use. Gordon has finally returned to the league and is speaking openly about his struggles, but one of his recent admissions is more surprising than the rest.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Gordon discussed his problems with alcohol and drugs which date all the way back to high school. But his biggest admission was from his days in college at Baylor University, where he says he was making more than $10,000 per month selling marijuana. Here's a quote from the article:
"As a sophomore at Baylor he says he was receiving as much as six pounds of weed — vacuum-sealed and wrapped in Mylar, sprayed with kerosene and covered in coffee beans to mask the smell, shipped through U.S. mail — every week from a dealer back home. He would drive to Dallas, Austin and San Antonio to sell it, and he estimates he was bringing in upward of $10,000 in profit every month."
Gordon was actually suspended during his sophomore year at Baylor after he and a friend were found in a car with marijuana. He was later kicked off the team after failing a drug test for testing positive for cannabis, but he claims Baylor coaches actually helped him pass tests in the past.
This week Gordon will play in an NFL game for the first time since December 2014. He says he's sober and planning to stay that way going forward.
Of course, if the NFL had a program to help people with their problems and not just kick them out of the league for marijuana, Gordon might've had a more successful career.
(h/t Sports Illustrated)