Wes Welker Denies MDMA Use After Four-Game Suspension

By McCarton Ackerman 09/04/14

The Denver Broncos star tested positive for amphetamines after handing out hundred dollar bills at the Kentucky Derby.

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Welker at the Derby. Photo via

Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker has denied that his four-game suspension for testing positive for amphetamines was due to premeditated behavior on his part.

The website Pro Football Talk reported that his suspension came as a result of consuming adulterated MDMA during this year’s Kentucky Derby, where he made a spectacle of himself by handing out hundred dollar bills to strangers. Welker denied MDMA use in an e-mail to the Denver Post, but offered no reason why he tested positive.

“I wouldn’t have any idea where to get a Molly or what a Molly is,” he wrote. “That’s a joke. I don’t do marijuana. I don’t do drugs.”

In a statement released initially after his suspension, Welker also denied knowingly taken any banned substance and criticized the “clearly flawed” drug policies and procedures of the NFL.

"I would NEVER knowingly take a substance to gain a competitive advantage in any way," Welker said. "Anyone who has ever played a down with me, lifted a weight 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.”

Broncos head coach John Fox referred to the suspension as a “blessing in disguise,” because of the concussion Welker suffered in a preseason game less than two weeks ago. The concussion was his third in the last 10 months.

Welker isn’t the only Broncos player dealing with a substance-related suspension. Kicker Matt Prater is currently serving a four-game ban for an alcohol-related substance abuse policy violation. Von Miller was banned for six games last year after a positive test for marijuana, while former Bronco D.J. Williams was suspended for nine games in 2012 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy after driving while impaired.

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