New York Jets tight end Kellen Winslow has just returned from serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, and her already has an excuse.
The Associated Press, via Pro Football Talk, is reporting that Winslow admits he does not know why he was flagged for a positive test, but he thinks it was because of his allergy medication. According to Winslow, he does not do “illegal stuff.”
Per NFL policy, league and team personnel cannot disclose anything about a player’s drug test results. Winslow can say anything caused his positive result, because there is no way of verifying it. Chances are, we will never know exactly know what Winslow tested positive for.
Often times, players appeal PED suspensions because the banned substance they used was part of a medication they were using under doctors orders. Winslow chose not to appeal the suspension, allegedly so that he would return for the second half of the season and a possible playoff push.
Still, Winslow could have come up with something better than allergy meds as an excuse for testing positive for PEDs. Better yet, he could have said nothing it all, and let his play talk for the remainder of the year.
But that’s not Winslow’s style, whose career seems to be one excuse after another.