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Josh Gordon is set to make his highly anticipated return to the NFL after being out of the league due to suspensions and battles with drugs and alcohol addiction. But before he reports to the Cleveland Browns later this week, he sat down with GQ to discuss his issues with addiction. And his problem was probably worse than you may have expected.
While talking about the frequency of his drug and alcohol use, Gordon said he used to partake prior to every game he played. Here’s how:
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 says he used to do this before every game. Even prior to his back-to-back 200-yard performances in 2013.
The 26-year-old wide receiver also talks about how he believes he’s a high functioning alcoholic and how he used to use booze to get him warmed up for games:
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 is expected to rejoin the Browns on Tuesday. He’ll be eligible to play beginning in week 13.
If you’d like to read Gordon’s entire interview with GQ, you can do so here.