If Josh Gordon’s next stint in the NFL doesn’t work out, he can apparently make a profitable yet illicit living with a fallback career as a drug dealer making $120,ooo a year.
As a sophomore at Baylor he says he was receiving as much as six pounds of weed—vacuum-sealed and wrapped in Mylar, sprayed with kerosene and covered in coffee beans to mask the smell, shipped through U.S. mail—every week from a dealer back home. He would drive to Dallas, Austin and San Antonio to sell it, and he estimates he was bringing in upward of $10,000 in profit every month. He was arrested for possession in fall 2010 and one year later was indefinitely suspended for failing a school drug test.
In addition to selling weed, Gordon copped to having regularly consumed marijuana, alcohol, Adderall, and codeine syrup in college and high school, and to playing a part in a counterfeit money business as a member of the Six Deuce Harvard Park Brim Bloods, an appendage of the infamous gang from South Central Los Angeles.
Earlier this month, Gordon revealed he’d been under the influence for much of his professional career, including at practices and games.
“I definitely pushed the limit,” Gordon told GQ. “I don’t know how I did it. It could be before games, it could be before practice, after practice. … I’d leave the hotel early morning, go home, eat breakfast, do my little ritual, whatever it may be, some weed, some alcohol, and then go to the game. And then, I’d definitely be partying after every game, win or lose. Every game.”
Gordon hasn’t played in the NFL since 2014, a resulting of his violating the league’s substance abuse policy an incredible four times.
In 2013, his second season as a pro, Gordon led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards despite his missing two games. He was reinstated midway through this season, and is eligible to return to the field on Sunday.