Jon Kitna Claims Ex-Wideout Was Drunk During Game

Former NFL Quarterback Jon Kitna Claims Ex-Wideout Was Drunk During Game

Jose Martinez

Thu, March 11, 2021, 7:41 PM

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Former NFL quarterback Jon Kitna revealed on The Ryen Russillo Podcast that an ex-teammate and wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals played an entire game while intoxicated.

“There was a time that I played a game with a guy that was drunk in the huddle,” Kitna said.

Kitna, who played for the Bengals from 2001 to 2005, said players were expected to show up to the stadium at least two hours prior to kickoff, but this unidentified wideout showed up less than an hour before the game started. When Russillo asked if members of the organization were aware that this player was under the influence, Kitna said he was unsure if the staff knew, adding “that was kind of his normal.”

Kitna said this player still managed to put up some impressive stats, despite being hammered. “He was drunk and had close to 200 yards receiving now,” he recalled. “So, it was crazy.”

A number of former NFL players have admitted to drinking before games. Clinton Portis told the Washington Post in 2017 that he, Santana Moss, and the late Sean Taylor would take a shot of Hennessy before games to boost their adrenaline. “Not like going out and getting sloppy wasted. Just adrenaline,” Portis said. “You know, you take a shot and you were done with it. Me, Santana and Sean, we did this for a year and a half before anybody knew. We never told anybody. It was just, hey, here’s a little sip, bam, that was it.”

That same year, Josh Gordon admitted in an interview with GQ that, in addition to drinking before games, he would also take “the biggest bong rip I could.”

“I used to love Grand Marnier,” Gordon said. “I could drink it down smooth. I could usually drink a lot of it. But if it wasn’t that, it might be a whiskey or something. And I would drink probably like half a glass, or a couple shots to try and warm my system up, basically. To get the motor running. That’s what I would do for games.”

Chris Henry?

And Grand Marnier? Josh Gordon is an odd bird.

I’m going TJ Houshmanzada 12/05/2004

Only 3 guys fit the criteria (near 200 yards in a game from 2001-2005 with Kitna).

Ocho Cinco
and Darnay Scott.

Ocho Cinco was supposedly never a drinker.
Darnay Scott had 152 yards in week 17 of 2002… when the Bengals were 5-10.
Seems like a strong possibility.

what’s interesting is that Kitna knew he was drunk and still threw the ball to that guy.

Somebody pointed out that Kitna was a DNP for Housh’s 150+ yard games.

I think it was either Scott or Chris Henry. More likely Scott.

Lol. That guy had so many chances in the NFL.

I’m going to have to talk with Jon about this.


I’m going to put my money on Darnay Scott. He was a talented guy who would have been with the Bengals during all of the scrubby years where nobody took the team seriously and the team didn’t even take itself seriously. He was at the end of his career so he would have already cashed in. Looking at it specifically, it looks like it might have been his very last game as a Bengal. The team was 5-10 going into the game so no hope at a playoff run or anything like that. It was also in Cincy.

As a side note to this conversation, Sammy Watkins said he drank a ton while in Buffalo and would regularly stay up all night and show up to practice the next day hungover/drunk.

He had a bunch of chances in college as well. I remember when people were talking about “give Gordon a 2nd chance!” I was like “damn, he’s on like his 7th chance already.”

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Just wonder how rare it really is …
Shot or bong rip or pain killers or adderal or etc …?

Because kitna knows he’s throwing shade at any of his WRs to due the time he played and game logs … it seems like he should’ve just named the player. The statement tarnished the rest as to who it might be and seems a little unfair.

Judt saw beastmode on IG talking to Manning confirming his superstition

When I read the headline I assumed it was Charles Rogers, but then I am sure he was simply stoned during his entire career, so it wouldn’t really make him any different than usual.

I’m shocked to hear that a Bengal of that era lacked discipline.

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Percy Harvin said he didn’t play a single game in college or the NFL where he wasn’t high.

The parties in Gainesville in that era must have been completely insane.

Thing is … there’s probably so many top NFL players who do
You’d be hard pressed to find proof it’s a PED or UPED

Note Kitna did not say he was in the game throwing.

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