Green Bay Packers’ Quarterback Aaron Rodgers recent admission on the Aubrey Marcus Podcast about his use of Psychedelic Ayahuasca prior to his MVP wining season raised quite a storm with many wondering how Rodgers use of said drug wasn’t detected by the NFL and if Rodgers would be called up by the NFL for the same.
Rodgers used the drug before his 3rd NFL MVP season in 2020 in Peru where it is often used for spiritual and ritualistic purposes. Rodgers admitted that he had a new appreciation for life and also said “I came back and knew I was never going to be the same.” Rodgers may not be as much trouble as was theorized earlier because per the NFL Rodgers didn’t violate it’s drug policy.
“The test wouldn’t have come out as positive”: Brian McCarthy on Aaron Rodgers ayahuasca controversy
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Monday that Rodgers’ use of the drug wouldn’t have triggered a positive test result on either the substance abuse or performance-enhancing substance policies per the agreement between the NFL and its players’ association.
Ayahuasca, which has been used for thousands of years for healing purposes in Central and South America, isn’t on the NFL’s list of banned substances. Therefore, even current use wouldn’t merit a penalty under the league’s policy regarding substance abuse and performance-enhancing substances.
That said, ayahuasca is considered an illegal Schedule I drug in the United States per Sport Illustrated. Notable NFL analysts including Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe and Colin Cowherd believed that Rodgers might face disciplinary action for his use of the drug.