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Wes Welker issues statement about suspension, says he is 'as shocked as everyone'

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Denver Broncos’ wide receiver Wes Welker was suspended for four games on Tuesday for a violation of the league’s PED policy. At issue is the fact that he tested positive for amphetamines that he apparently took while also “popping a Molly” at the Kentucky Derby.

With the world still processing this surprising bit of news in the form of memes and jokes, Welker issued a statement on Tuesday night about his suspension. In it he made sure to emphasize to everybody that he would never, ever use performance enhancing drugs. Ecstasy? Sure….but never PEDs.

Here is Welker’s statement, which came in the form of an email to the Denver Post and is provided courtesy of Mike Klis:

I’m as shocked as everyone at todays news. 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.”

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