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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers could be reprimanded by the NFL for legal drug use

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The Green Bay Packers have the reigning NFL MVP as quarterback for themselves this season, but the complexity of Aaron Rodgers’ personality extends far beyond the confines of the football field.

The NFL has not issued a statement on the quarterback since he revealed on a podcast Wednesday that he had used a herbal hallucinogen called ayahuasca during a 2020 visit to South America.

It’s not clear what punitive powers the league has under its code of conduct, especially considering Rodgers was just an oral admission about drug activity that took place years ago on another continent. However, the United States government classifies ayahuasca as a Schedule I drug, putting it in the same category as heroin, LSD (commonly known as acid), ecstasy, and marijuana.

Ayahuasca also contains an NFL-banned substance called DMT (N,N-dimethyltryptamine). That fact could potentially open up another can of worms for Rodgers, though any attempt by the NFL to penalize him for such an infraction wouldn’t be backed by a positive drug test — unless the QB has continued to use the hallucinogen since returning from South America and then tested positive.

If Rodgers missed games in 2022 for any reason, former first-round draft pick and third-year backup quarterback Jordan Love would step in under center.

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Shannon Sharpe, a former NFL tight end and celebrity sports analyst at Fox, spoke to TMZ Sports on Friday and said he believes Rodgers may have gotten into trouble with Commissioner Roger Goodell by admitting to drug use.

Rodgers spoke on the August 3 edition of the Aubrey Marcus Podcast about his use of the hallucinogen and how it helped him become a more successful soccer player.

The reason the experience was useful, Rodgers continued, is because it allowed him “to love [himself] unconditionally.” He said the results were improved mental health and improved relationships with his peers, which Rodgers blamed directly for him winning back-to-back MVP awards over the past two seasons.

Whatever the reason, it’s hard to argue that his last two seasons haven’t been the best of Rodgers’ career. He was selected to the Pro Bowl and was named a First-Team All Pro in both years while leading the entire league in QB rating.

In those two campaigns, Rodgers also accumulated 8,414 passing yards and 85 touchdowns compared to just nine interceptions. He also rushed for 250 yards and six touchdowns.

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