David Gray was fired from his job at a local plumbing company after he admitted to a doctor that he used marijuana and a prescription for painkillers.
Gray, 37, said he was a drug addict and that he was in denial about his drug use because he was an athlete and because he wanted to have sex.
Gray was also charged with possession of cocaine, a felony, in 2014.
His lawyer, John Burge, said that when Gray got fired, he was told he was terminated because he didn’t meet the company’s standard of care.
Gray said he had no knowledge of his substance use.
“I was a big drug user, but I was never addicted to drugs,” Gray said.
“I was always just a guy who loved his wife and his children.
That’s what I was.”
But his attorney said the charges against Gray were a “coverup.”
Burge told The Associated Press that Gray was in the hospital when he was fired, and he has no medical conditions.
He was charged with one count of misdemeanor drug possession in 2014, according to the criminal complaint.
He pleaded guilty to that charge and was sentenced to six months in jail.
The court records did not list an attorney for Gray.
Gray said he used the painkillers in the past to relieve his pain, but he also used the prescription painkillers for “anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, chronic pain, and other ailments.”
He said he tried to use them for his own pain, “but I couldn’t.”
“I didn’t know I was using them,” Gray told AP.
“But I was.
I was doing it because I needed the pain.”
After Gray was laid off, he went back to the job at the local plumbing business, where he worked a total of 17 hours a day, seven days a week.
Gray told the AP he was relieved that he had a job, but that he still struggled with his drug addiction.
He said that while he could still have sex and drive, he had lost his passion for life.
“The only thing I love is my wife and my children,” he said.
He said he still struggles with his addiction, but was willing to work at his job again because he knew that he could get the same benefits that his former co-workers had.