NFL: Packers' Aaron Rodgers Didn't Violate Drug Policy By Using Ayahuasca Psychedelic

Doric SamAugust 9, 2022

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Green Bay Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers recently revealed his experience using the hallucinogenic drink ayahuasca during a retreat to Peru in 2020.

According to ESPN, Rodgers did not violate the NFL's drug policy with his use of the drink, which is defined as "a psychoactive beverage native to South America and is often used for religious, ritualistic or medicinal purposes."

Per ESPN, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Monday that ayahuasca wouldn't have triggered a positive drug test result on either of the substance abuse or performance-enhancing substance policies under the league and NFLPA's collective bargaining agreement.

While speaking on The Aubrey Marcus Podcast last week, Rodgers said the retreat gave him "a deep and meaningful appreciation for life." He added, "I came back and knew I was never going to be the same." Rodgers went on to win his third of four MVP awards in 2020, and he said he believed the experience helped lead to his success that season.

Rodgers told NBC Sports' Peter King that he enjoyed it so much that he returned to Peru once more.

"Then I went again this offseason and had another beautiful experience," Rodgers said. "[It was] different, very different. Different size group, different amount of days."

On Monday, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur was asked if he was concerned if Rodgers would face discipline from the NFL, and he responded, "I really haven't given it much thought at all."

The Packers are gearing up for their first preseason game this Friday against the San Francisco 49ers.


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