Winslow calls suspension a “huge surprise”

AP

And the streak of NFL players suspended for use of PEDs but who didn’t intend to use PEDs continues, unbroken.

Jets tight end Kellen Winslow says he didn’t know he had ingested a banned substance.

“It came as a huge surprise to me when I learned that I tested positive for a banned substance,” Winslow said in a statement, via Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com.  “I have investigated all possible sources since learning of the positive test, including possible medical causes but frustratingly, I do not know the source.  I do not take supplements that list any banned ingredients, but NFL policy is very strict so I am accountable for the results.  I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches and Jets fans for this situation I will work extremely hard during this time away from the field and look forward to contributing as soon as the suspension end.”

So instead of claiming that he took a supplement that had been spiked or that he took Adderall (which had become the non-stigmatizing PED), Winslow has basically played the “I tested positive but didn’t cheat” card.