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In a recent video interview released by UNINTERRUPTED, ex-Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon says his marijuana use was enabled by his coaches. According to Gordon one coach allegedly warned him of upcoming drug tests, and supplied him with detox drinks to help him pass.
“I’ve been enabled most of my life. I’ve been enabled by coaches, teachers, professors, everybody, pretty much, gave me a second chance because of my ability. Not too long after I got arrested for possession of marijuana at Baylor, one of my coaches came by saying, ‘You are going to get drug tested by the compliance office. This is how it’s going to work, this is what they are going to do. If they do call you in, here goes these bottles of detox.’ He showed me how to drink them, showed me how to take them. That was my first experience with, like, getting over on the system and the authority not really being serious because it was kind of being guided by someone who was employed by the university.”
As a Baylor Bear and a Cleveland native any Josh Gordon related news tugs at my heartstrings. He was a blast to watch in Waco, and a rare bright spot in the abysmal life of a Cleveland Browns fan. When he would catch a 60-yard bomb from whatever garbage quarterback was throwing that day, Clevelanders would collectively put down the bottle of bleach and whisper “not today.”
So I am prepared to offer him an unlimited number of chances when it comes to failing drug tests. If I were the Baylor coaches I would have done the exact same thing without remorse or a second thought. Josh Gordon is a rare talent whose ability to make amazing catches is rivaled only by his love of the devil’s lettuce. He also says that the only reason he failed the drug test at Baylor was that he ran out of detox drinks. How could this unnamed coach drop the ball so hard? “Detox drinks for Josh Gordon” should have been at the top of the grocery list every fucking week!
Not one to be labeled a simple stoner, Gordon goes on to name a laundry list of other substances he was taking at various times.
”I’ve used alcohol on many, many occasions, Xanax on many occasions, cocaine several occasions, marijuana most of my life, codeine, cough syrup, methazine — very prevalent where I’m from. It’s what I grew up using,”
Aside from MAYBE coke there is not a single performance-enhancing drug on that list. The way I see it, Josh Gordon was simply trying to give the helpless cornerbacks a fighting chance. I don’t give a shit if he is ripping bong hits on the sidelines between downs. Throw on some Wiz Khalifa, and let the man play football. .
[via Sporting News]
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