By Chuck Schilken Los Angeles Times
Wes Welker said he doesn’t know what a “Molly” is. He also claims to keep track of every substance that goes into his body. All of which leads the Denver Broncos star receiver to suspect that someone might have slipped something in his drink at the Kentucky Derby.
Got all that? It pretty much sums up the last 24 hours for Welker, who was suspended four games by the NFL on Tuesday for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy.
Pro Football Talk is reporting that Welker tested positive after using MDMA, also known as Molly, at the Kentucky Derby back in May. The five-time Pro Bowler suggested to the Denver Post that someone might have somehow put it in his drink at the horse race.
“I wouldn’t have any idea where to get a Molly or what a Molly is,” Welker said. “That’s a joke. I don’t do marijuana, I don’t do drugs. I don’t do any drugs.”
Welker was officially suspended for using amphetamines and has already lost an appeal of the punishment, according to multiple media reports. He addressed the situation Tuesday in a lengthy email to the Denver Post.
“I’m as shocked as everyone at todays news,” Welker wrote. “I want to make one thing abundantly clear: I would NEVER knowingly take a substance to gain a competitive advantage in any way. Anyone who has ever played a down with me, lifted a weight with me, even eaten a meal with me, knows that I focus purely on what I put in my body and on the hard work I put in year round to perform at the highest levels year-in and year-out.”
He added: “I have never been concerned with the leagues performance enhancing or drug abuse policies because under no scenario would they ever apply to me, but I now know, that [drug-policy procedures] are clearly flawed, and I will do everything in my power to ensure they are corrected, so other individuals and teams aren’t negatively affected so rashly like this.”