Josh Gordon said a former Baylor coach gave him a substance he could drink before taking drug tests designed to mask the presence of drugs in his system.
Gordon, who played wide receiver for Baylor in 2009-2010, made his comments in a mini-documentary called “Uninterrupted.” Gordon and teammate Willie Jefferson were arrested in Waco for marijuana possession in 2010. Gordon was eventually dismissed at Baylor for failing drug tests and transferred to Utah in 2011.
Gordon has been suspended several times by the NFL for violating the league’s drug policy. He’s eligible to apply for reinstatement.
“I’ve been enabled most of my life,” Gordon said. “I’ve been enabled by coaches, teachers, professors. Everybody pretty much gave me a second chance because of my ability. Not too long after I got arrested for possession of marijuana at Baylor, one of my coaches came by saying, ‘You are going to get drug tested by the compliance office. This is how it’s going to work, this is what they are going to do. If they do call you in, here goes these bottles of detox.’
“He showed me how to drink them, showed me how to take them. That was my first experience with getting over on the system and the authority not really being serious because it was being guided by someone who was employed by the university.”
Baylor coach Matt Rhule said on Tuesday that current Baylor football players are tested regularly for drugs.
“When I got here the university had already instilled a very robust drug testing program,” Rhule said. “So when that happens there’s no decision by coaches. It’s standardized and there’s protocol. At the same time I believe in drug testing. I don’t believe in it to catch kids and get them in trouble but to keep kids from behaviors that will lead to lives they don’t want to lead. I don’t want kids to pick up habits here that lead to them not being successful later on in life.”
Rhule said the team was drug tested before and after the last game against Kansas State on Sept. 30.
“When I see and hear things that happen in the NFL, I’m just grateful for our staff,” Rhule said. “We don’t look at ourselves as coaches whose only job is to win, though it is our job to win. We want the kids to have the most successful lives that they can, so we believe in accountability and consequences. I believe in tough conversations, I believe in second chances, I believe in grace but I also believe in justice.”