Shannon Sharpe Thinks NFL Will Call Aaron Rodgers After Revealing Psychedelic Usage
Aaron Rodgers (AP Foto/Lon Horwedel, Archivo)
Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe
expects the NFL will contact Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron
Rodgers after he revealed his use of ayahuasca, a plant-based
psychedelic from South America.
“I don’t know the NFL is too happy
about him taking hallucinogenics,” Sharpe told TMZ Sports in an
interview released Friday. “I’m sure the commissioner [Roger Goodell] is going
to reach out and have a conversation with him.”
He added: “I’m sure the NFL is
probably going to give him a call and say, ‘That’s not a good look.'”
Sharpe, who earned eight Pro Bowl
selections and won three Super Bowl titles during a 14-year career
that ended in 2003, added he has no problems with Rodgers’ choice.
“It seems weird to me, but
whatever helps a person become a better person and find his inner
self—I’m cool with it,” the Fox Sports analyst said.
Rodgers detailed his use of ayahuasca
during an appearance Wednesday on the Aubrey Marcus Podcast (via Jace
Evans of USA Today). He suggested winning back-to-win NFL MVP Awards in
2020 and 2021 was a direct result of using the psychedelic.
“I don’t think it’s a
coincidence,” he said. “I really don’t. I don’t really
believe in coincidences at this point. It’s the universe bringing
things to happen when they’re supposed to happen.”
Rodgers explained the psychoactive brew
led him to “unconditionally love myself,” improved his mental
health and allowed him to have a more direct vision in life.
“There’s signs and synchronicities
all around us at all times if we’re awake enough to see them and to
take them in and to listen to our intuition when it’s speaking to us
or pounding us in the head saying, ‘Hey dummy, this is what you’re
supposed to be doing,'” he said.
The 10-time Pro Bowler didn’t say on
the podcast appearance whether he’d used ayahuasca since his return
from South America in 2020. It’s considered a Schedule I drug in the
United States alongside marijuana, heroin, LSD and ecstasy, per
Natalie Neysa Alund of USA Today.
It contains DMT
(N,N-Dimethyltryptamine), which is listed as a banned substance by
Whatever the reason, Rodgers was
terrific leading the Packers offense over the past two seasons with
85 passing touchdowns and just nine interceptions across 32
He’ll face the task of trying to move
forward without longtime favorite target Davante Adams, who was
traded to the Las Vegas Raiders in the offseason, but Green Bay still
figures to rank among the NFC’s top contenders in 2022.
Rodgers and Co. kick off the regular
season Sept. 11 when they visit U.S. Bank Stadium to take on the NFC
North rival Minnesota Vikings.
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