Jan 29, 2014; Jersey City, NJ, USA; Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker during a press conference in preparation for Super Bowl XLVIII at the Hyatt Regency. Mandatory Credit: John O

Wes Welker to Churchill Downs on overpayment: 'Get in line'

As reported earlier today, Churchill Downs sent a letter to Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker, stating they had overpaid him over $14,000 on his $57,000 in Kentucky Derby winnings and requesting him to send the money back.

They were even kind enough to send Welker an envelope to return the money.

Welker, in typical Wes Welker fashion had very little to say to the proprietors of the track.

Speaking with NBC Sports Network’s Dan Patrick, Welker said “Yeah, well get in line.”

In line? Behind who?

Let’s get back to that later.

Welker told Patrick that, “We had no clue. They could have underpaid us and we wouldn’t have known.”

That’s for certain, unless Churchill Downs has initiated a policy of sending out money they forgot to pay out to bettors.

The thing is, Churchill Downs and it’s management don’t have to get in line. Actually they can’t. By law, they aren’t allowed to require customers to refund money that is overpaid, they can only request it to be returned.

The only thing Churchill can do is wait and hope that Welker and his crew return next year and throw away the $14k. Dollars to donuts they count carefully if he were to win again.

Churchill said these type of overpayment errors — ones that can be traced back to a specific person — happen about once every three years and the letter sent to Welker is standard when it occurs.


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