Wes Welker, the former Patriots receiver who was suspended by the NFL on Tuesday for the first four games of the Broncos’ season, offered his side of the story in an email to the Denver Post on Tuesday.
Welker denied knowingly using drugs. The website ProFootballTalk reported Welker tested positive for using the party drug MDMA, also known as Molly, but the Denver Post reported he tested positive for Adderall, a stimulant commonly used for attention deficit disorder.
“I’m as shocked as everyone,” 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.”
An NFL statement announcing his suspension indicated only that Welker violated the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
“Tonight’s news regarding Wes is very disappointing for our team, but we understand the league’s authority in this area. While it’s unfortunate to not have him to start the year, I have full confidence in our wide receivers and expect that group to continue playing at a high level,” Broncos coach John Fox said. “I have no doubt that Wes will remain focused on his preparations for the season and stay in excellent shape during his time away from the team.”
According to the Post, Welker was angry over the ProFootballTalk report that indicated he took Molly at the Kentucky Derby.
“I wouldn’t have any idea where to get a Molly or what a Molly is,” he said. “That’s a joke. I don’t do marijuana, I don’t do drugs. I don’t do any drugs.”
Welker played six seasons with the Patriots from 2007 to 2012 before leaving as a free agent to sign with Denver.