Packers’ Aaron Rodgers Admits To Playing An NFL Game On Percocet

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers admitted to playing an NFL game on Percocet, a type of highly addictive painkiller that is only legal for purchase if one has a prescription. The painkiller is still reportedly being abused on a wide-scale due to its narcotic effect. When appearing as a guest on the Joe Rogan Experience, Rodgers admitted to taking Percocet as a means to manage pain and was reportedly very critical of the league regarding remedies that help athletes with pain management.

“[I played] on Percocet. It was more for pain management, so I wasn’t taking any high dosage, but stupid, ultimately. Here’s the thing: I had knee issues for a long time, and you take anti-inflammatories. You’re taking anti-inflammatories, they all come with a warning: If you take this more than a few weeks, you’ve gotta get your blood tested because it can do damage to your liver. There are so many things you can take now, anti-inflammatory things, that are natural, that don’t cause damage to your body.”

Rodgers continued on, stating that he was frustrated that CBD as well as other natural remedies were “frowned upon.” Earlier this month, Rodgers reportedly admitted to taking another form of banned substance. Rodgers admitted to Peter King of NBC Sports that he was taking the psychoactive tea during the 2020 season, which is banned in both the United States and the National Football League.

King reportedly attempted to reach out to the league office, but the office declined to comment. The reigning 2x NFL MVP spoke to King about the experience he had while drinking the drug and claimed that it helped him to find “self-love” and made him a better person and teammate.

“Man, it’s hard to answer that question with a short answer. But a lot of different ways. The most important way was really that self-love part,” Rodgers said. “I think it’s unlocked a lot of my heart. Being able to fully give my heart to my teammates, my loved ones, relationships because I can fully embrace unconditionally myself.

He continued: “Just didn’t do that for a long time. I was very self-critical. When you have so much judgment on yourself it’s easy to transfer that judgment to other people. When you figure out a better way to love yourself, I think you can love people better because you’re not casting the same judgment you cast on yourself on other people. I’m really thankful for that.”

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