The Green Bay Packers created quite a stir on social media with fans pointing out one of their touchdown celebrations appeared to be a reference to Aaron Rodgers’ public admission to using ayahuasca.
The team’s star quarterback made waves across the world earlier in the summer when he credited his back-to-back MVP awards to the effects of the Amazonian psychedelic drug, which he first used on a trip to Peru in 2020.
Earlier this month he admitted to dabbling in ayahuasca again this year and after finding Allen Lazard in their Week 2 game with the Chicago Bears, the Packers endzone celebration seemed to show players miming an ayahuasca ritual.
Lazard took the football and pretended to pour something from it and hand it to his teammates with those stars then collapsing to the ground.
One social media user wrote: ‘Pretty sure this was an Ayahuasca celebration,’ while another added: ‘Packers do an Aaron Rodgers-inspired ayahuasca ceremony TD celebration.’
Green Bay Packers’ endzone celebration appeared to show players miming an ayahuasca ritual
Allen Lazard took football and pretended to pour something from it and hand it to teammates
Fans pointed out celebration seemed to refer to Aaron Rodgers’ admission to using ayahuasca
One Twitter account tagged NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, telling him: ‘Packers just advocated for drug use in there TD celebration. Not being a NARC but there are youngsters.’
CBS’ Andrew Perloff said: ‘Best celebration of season. Thank you Twitter for pointing out it’s Ayahuasca.’
Former NFL player and ESPN analyst Pat McAfee tweeted: ‘Had NO IDEA that there was ayahuasca in NFL footballs.’
The 38-year-old Rodgers revealed in August that he drank the hallucinogenic brew during a trip to Peru in 2020, emerging with ‘a deep and meaningful appreciation for life,’ as well as a closer connection with teammates that’s helped him capture consecutive MVP honors.
The psychedelic trip did not violate NFL rules on prohibited substances, but it did give him new perspective on himself and his connection to ‘all sentient beings and all plants and fungi.’
This month Rodgers admitted for the first time that he has used the psychedelic drug ayahuasca again this offseason.
‘For me, it just came down to a high school best friend and I, having a round of golf and talking about his recent ayahuasca experience,’ Rodgers explained on The Pat McAfee Show. ‘Jordan, he inspired me to do it, because I was searching for a deeper level of self-love.
Social media users claimed Packers players were miming an ayahuasca ritual in Week 2 game
One Twitter account tagged NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, alerting him to the celebration
Rodgers threw pass to Lazard for touchdown and Packers players surrounded him in endzone
‘I went down to Machu Picchu in Peru and had magical experiences there, in the Sacred Valley. I had a couple of really interesting nights on the medicine and came back a changed person.
What is Ayahuasca?
Ayahuasca is a hallucinogenic drink that is illegal in the UK and US but widely used by tribal societies in the Amazon basin.
Shamans consider ayahuasca a ‘wisdom’ plant that allows an entry into the spiritual world, and it was recognised as such by the government of Peru in 2008.
It can cause hallucinations that are similar to the effects of LSD or magic mushrooms, according to Talk to Frank. They last for two hours and are ‘usually pleasurable’ but can cause panic and horrifying flashbacks, the website says.
The negative emotional effects from taking ayahuasca can last for days, and make it especially dangerous for people with mental health problems.
It can also raise blood pressure and heart rate and may harm those with a pre-existing heart condition.
‘I wanted to leave myself open to doing that again in a different setting, in a different place, with a different group. I ended up doing that again this offseason and had an absolutely beautiful experience. Sat for more nights this time, two the first time, three the second time.
‘I had a really difficult night one, beautiful night two and then a mixed bag night three with a really beautiful conclusion to the ceremony. It changes the way you look at the world… you feel may more connected.’
Incredibly, Rodgers – who has entered his 18th season in the NFL – then went on to admit that he has only enjoyed playing football since he began to use the drug.
When asked if he was now enjoying the sport, he replied: ‘I’ve been enjoying it since I did ayahuasca… the last few years have been great.
‘Mental health, bro, starts with self-love. When you increase that, you’re able to pass that on more easily.
‘I can say with honesty to my detractors and haters, I don’t have bitterness towards you, I have nothing but love and appreciation for where you’re at in your life and all the different emotions that impact our personalities and our decision-making and our belief system on a day-to-day basis.
‘It allows me to relate to my coaches better, to my teammates better, to my close friends and loved ones better. And really most importantly, it’s not selfish, but to relate to myself.
‘All the projections that I put on myself, to really shed those, and to find a deep and transformative self-love for everything that I am and everything that I’m not.’
Rodgers and his Packers teammates went on to beat the Chicago Bears 27-10 in Sunday Night Football.
Ayahuasca is found in South America and causes hallucinations when consumed in a liquid