It was a true shocker when Adam Schefter of ESPN revealed Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker would be suspended four games due to violation of the NFL’s drug policy. A bigger shocker is what the Pro Bowl wide receiver was suspended for: he reportedly tested positive for molly in May.
Source: Welker took Molly at the Kentucky Derby. It had been cut with amphetamines. Same situation as Orlando Scandrick.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 2, 2014
The usage of molly, or at least the publicized usage of the drug, has increased ten-fold over the years, becoming more and more prevalent amongst those who tend to party. According to CNN, molly is filled with ‘central nervous system stimulants that cause euphoric highs.’
For Welker, according to Mike Florio of PFT, it seems he used the drug in order to have a great time at the Kentucky Derby, which might explain why the receiver was seen handing out $100 dollar bills following the race.
Wes Welker just handed everyone $100. pic.twitter.com/mtU9eOMonx
— Jeff Novak II (@Jeff_Novak) May 3, 2014
Welker four-game suspension makes the second molly-related suspension this offseason with the first being Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick. He too received a four-game suspension effective at the beginning of the season.
The usage of molly isn’t really a big deal, but the addition of amphetamines crossed the line in regards to the long list of drugs NFL players are unable to use while under contract.
As stated above, Welker will miss the first four games of the season (vs. IND, vs. KC, at SEA, vs. AZ)