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Kellen Winslow suggests allergy medicine led to PED suspension

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Kellen Winslow is back with the Jets after a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, and he says he has an idea about what caused his positive test.

According to the Associated Press, Winslow told reporters today that he’s still not sure exactly why he was flagged for a positive test, but he thinks it was possibly for allergy medication he took. Winslow says he does not use “illegal stuff.”

The NFL has strict rules preventing league or team personnel from disclosing information about players’ drug test results, which means players can say anything about what they tested positive for and there’s no way to verify whether what they’re saying is true or not. We don’t know the specific substance Winslow tested positive for, and we may never know.

Some players have successfully appealed PED suspensions on the grounds that the banned substance they tested positive for was included in medication they used under a doctor’s supervision. Winslow said he agreed to serve the suspension as soon as he tested positive, instead of appealing, because he wanted to be with the Jets over the second half of the season, as they fight for a playoff spot.

Winslow was playing well for the Jets and had a team-high 17 catches before his suspension.

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32 Responses to “Kellen Winslow suggests allergy medicine led to PED suspension”
  1. thxelway says: Nov 4, 2013 6:59 PM

    In the same way Incognito will blame his behavior on concussions?

  2. thepftpoet says: Nov 4, 2013 7:01 PM

    Yeah I believe you

    Ray Lewis also didn’t murder anyone

  3. mistrezzrachael says: Nov 4, 2013 7:02 PM

    Wow…that’s a new one. How does the NFL expect players to deal w/Allergies anyway??

    And appeals have been known to take many weeks….NOT.

    NFL training staffs are like pharmacies..allergies least of their worries. God, MLB team trainers have tubs full of Viagra…Though jets better keep that stuff away from Cromartie.

    Own up to it

  4. Foghorn The IKonoclast says: Nov 4, 2013 7:03 PM

    Yeah but he is a warrior…

  5. firerogergoodellnow says: Nov 4, 2013 7:03 PM

    How dare does the NFL treat a soldier like this?

  6. astigmatism? football? why not both. says: Nov 4, 2013 7:05 PM

    and my friend blamed Nyquil for his DUI arrest…

  7. jimnaizeeum says: Nov 4, 2013 7:07 PM

    Similar talent to his Dad, but he just pissed (no pun intended) it all away doing stupid things for years.

  8. nfl4days says: Nov 4, 2013 7:10 PM

    He’s still in the league?

  9. upperdecker19 says: Nov 4, 2013 7:10 PM

    Apparently the label on his “Flintstones Chewables” vitamins was misleading as well.

  10. koolaidcircusbeast says: Nov 4, 2013 7:11 PM

    Actually, Kellen is just trying to get an endorsement from NyQuil. Though he’ll probably have to wear long sleeves to cover the rather unsightly, an example being Brees’ right profile.

  11. henryjones20 says: Nov 4, 2013 7:14 PM

    all the injuries he has gone thru (some self inflicted) I can’t blame him for taking peds in order to get a few more paychecks.

  12. ananonymoussource says: Nov 4, 2013 7:14 PM

    Kellen Winslow is allergic to aging and was trying to beat this when using his “medicine”

  13. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Nov 4, 2013 7:32 PM

    looking at the previous item, winslow’s explanation made ben tate’s rib hurt…

  14. tfbuckfutter says: Nov 4, 2013 7:34 PM

    I give him the benefit of the doubt.

    I am also allergic to rules.

  15. brownsclown says: Nov 4, 2013 7:39 PM

    The Souljah be having an allergic reaction originally caused when his head struck a tree during a motorcycle accident. Fortunately, since his head was involved, the only after effect was an allergy and inflated image of himself.

  16. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 4, 2013 7:56 PM

    Adderal, deer antler spray, flax seed oil…allergy medicine. Really? Somebody ask him what he tested positive for that is in allergy medicine.

    I didn’t know he was still around. One of the few guys I blocked from my fantasy team and would block in real life teams.

  17. sdnative1904 says: Nov 4, 2013 8:02 PM

    All football players and the horses I bet on should be shooting something.

  18. 1rockyracoon says: Nov 4, 2013 8:12 PM

    He’s just pathetic. Who would serve a 4 game suspension for allergy medicine? Nobody. He belongs on the jets.

  19. conormacleod says: Nov 4, 2013 8:26 PM

    It’s amazing that so many young men, at the peak of their profession and in prime physical shape, are on so many mysterious medications.

  20. indytom87 says: Nov 4, 2013 8:36 PM

    Somewhere his Dad is shaking his head in disgust.

  21. mophatici says: Nov 4, 2013 8:50 PM

    pseudoephedrine is probably what he tested for. it is a prime ingredient for making meth.

  22. bugorfeature says: Nov 4, 2013 8:54 PM

    No NFL player has ever used an illegal PED they all have tested positive from prescription drugs, herbs and protein supplements.

    Just ask them.

  23. abninf says: Nov 4, 2013 9:00 PM

    Show us your test results.

  24. tothefellowshipofthemiserable says: Nov 4, 2013 10:00 PM

    The only thing that Winslow tested positive for is stupidity.

  25. orivar says: Nov 4, 2013 10:11 PM

    “Ray Lewis also didn’t murder anyone”

    But Ray Lewis didn’t murder anyone. Ever pay attention to the details of the case or is the only thing you know about it is a stabbing and white suit? Most likely not.

    Same with people that talk about Donte Stallworth hitting a man not knowing that guy was crossing the median of a highway early in the morning on foot, and Stallworth could of easily got off because of that but personally chose not to.

  26. floriosbigtoe says: Nov 4, 2013 10:13 PM

    Yea, me too, my allergy medicine coach. The ones my Mexican doctor told me to shoot in my buttcheeks.

  27. ohnoflorio says: Nov 4, 2013 10:17 PM

    I’m a big jets fan, but man these guys are hot stuff, I’m sure you got suspended 4 games for taking Allegra…give us a break dude. If that’s your “excuse”, just don’t say anything.

  28. orivar says: Nov 4, 2013 10:19 PM

    Ray Lewis did however obstruct justice but he didn’t kill anybody, no matter how hard you people try to grasp for straws that he did.

  29. thetooloftools says: Nov 4, 2013 10:24 PM

    There will NEVER be a situation this guy can’t find an excuse for.

  30. kahnsbushymustache says: Nov 4, 2013 10:35 PM

    Really? Winstrol works for hay fever too?

  31. bucrightoff says: Nov 4, 2013 10:40 PM

    The only things Kellen is allergic to are practice and being a good teammate and there ain’t no medicine for those.

  32. ydousuk says: Nov 5, 2013 12:12 PM

    orivar says:Nov 4, 2013 10:11 PM

    Same with people that talk about Donte Stallworth hitting a man not knowing that guy was crossing the median of a highway early in the morning on foot, and Stallworth could of easily got off because of that but personally chose not to
    ———————————————————-
    Lets not forget that Mr.Stallworth had a blood alchohol level of .12 when he hit “that guy” at seven o’clock in the mornng. So I really doubt he could have “easily gotten off.”

    You might want to use google before posting next time…………

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