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What Is Molly? How MDMA And Amphetamines Are Affecting NFL Locker Rooms

  • Igor Mello

For those of you who have been living under a rock, here’s an explanation of the culture phenomenon that shares its name with the weird girl in your third grade language arts class.

Molly’s recent popularity surge is arguably due to many references made by pop stars, DJs and hip hop artists alike, who want us to believe they are using the stuff constantly. Oh, and EDM music.

Molly is supposedly the purest form of MDMA, which is the active ingredient in ecstasy. However, it is probable that the average capsule barely contains any actual MDMA. Instead, the chemicals created in a lab are designed to mimic the effects of the active ingredient. The drug is dangerous because it is not regulated. Obviously.

Earlier today, news broke that Welker had been on the drug at Kentucky Derby. Pure MDMA is a banned substance under the league’s substance abuse policy, but it wouldn’t have triggered a PED suspension. Welker took MDMA that had been cut with amphetamines, which is why he was slapped with a four-game suspension. (Editor’s note: This is a very confusing topic, because most MDMA is not 100 percent pure — it’s cut with something, like speed, which is what triggered the suspension. But yes, MDMA is a type of amphetamine.)


I don’t have to go on about why this drug is dangerous, but I would like to remind you that this is a common occurrence in the league. He’s not the only football player to test positive for amphetamines. Cowboys defensive back Orlando Scandrick was also one of the latest NFLers to get suspended four games for using ecstasy that was cut from amphetamines. Scandrick claimed his ex-girlfriend persuaded him to add the substance into his cocktail drink while vacationing in Mexico. Often times, people will take ecstasy with a mixed drink to avoid tasting the bitterness of the drug. When Scandrick was suspended, ESPN’s Ed Werder noted that he became the 21st player of 104 suspended for performance-enhancing drugs to test positive for MDMA. If my math is right, Welker is No. 22. Earlier in the year, former wideout Reche Caldwell was arrested for possession of 4.8 pounds (!) of MDMA, worth approximately $180,000.

Here’s Welker’s take on his suspension, via the Denver Post:

“I wouldn’t have any idea where to get a Molly or what a Molly is,” he said. “That’s a joke. I don’t do marijuana, I don’t do drugs. I don’t do any drugs.”

As Bomani Jones noted on Twitter earlier tonight, it would be an awful coincidence if a 33-year-old Wes Welker was trying Molly for the very first time and then was tested positive. The same goes for the other players and former players. Sounds to me like this isn’t a new hobby in sports either.


Photos via Getty.

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