Everyone was shocked to find out that Wes Welker received a four-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancement policy.
Welker said that he was just as surprised as everyone else and released a statement about the suspension.
“I’m as shocked as everyone at todays news,” Welker said in an e-mail to The Denver Post. “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.
“I want any youth football players and all sports fans to know, there are NO shortcuts to success, and nothing but hard work and studying, leads to success. 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. I have worked my whole life to be the best that I can be, and I have encountered many obstacles over my career, and THIS WILL BE NO DIFFERENT! Thank you for the outpouring of support, and I want Bronco nation to know, that no one and no thing will get in the way of our goal as a team, to bring Mr. Bowlen the trophy he and this great region deserve,” he added.
— The Denver Post (@denverpost) September 3, 2014
Welker was tested for performance enhancing drugs with two tests, and failed both of them.
Reports claim that Welker tested positive for Adderall, but he denies taking any drugs. He believes someone may have slipped something into his drink before the tests.
“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 may be upset about the suspension, but it might give him time to recover from the concussion he received during a game on August 23.
While he is suspended, the Broncos are expected to replace Welker with a combination of tight end Jacob Tamme, who often operates from the slot, and receivers Andre “Bubba” Caldwell and rookie Cody Latimer.