Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker has tested positive for MDMA, also known as Ecstasy or Molly, and faces a four-game suspension to start off the season. Welker reportedly took the drug while he attended the Kentucky Derby in May. Pro Football Talk reported that Welker took Molly that was laced with amphetamines. However, a source told the Denver Post that the positive test was for Adderall. NFL players can take Adderall but only after league approval, which Welker does not have. Welker emailed the Post and argued that the sample was bad and also questioned whether someone put the drug in his drink at the Derby. “I’m as shocked as everyone at today’s news,” Welker told the newspaper. “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.”
The 33-year-old veteran of 11 years also stated how he now knows the league’s drug testing policy is “clearly flawed” and he will do everything in his power to make sure it is corrected. According to multiple reports, the Broncos were irate at the timing of the league’s decision that came on Tuesday night, after the team had already finished game planning for their first game. The Broncos open the season against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night. Welker will be eligible to return to the team Oct. 6.