Denver Broncos Should Mandate Drug Class for Players

by: Mike Miller

The Denver Broncos have been one of the teams with the most negative press in the past few seasons. From the kicker who had a hit-and-run incident to players getting shot and killed, the Rocky Mountain team has had its share of bad press.

Just when things were turning around. It was (Tim) “Tebow Time,” and the fans rallied around the bright young man. Then the Broncos made what is perhaps the greatest free agent signing ever – Peyton Manning. Things to be flying around Dove Valley.

Broncos’ players D.J. Williams and Ryan McBean have been suspended six games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. This according to The two plan to file federal lawsuits claiming that their samples were tampered with.  If you recall this is the same argument used by Ryan Braun, winner of the National League’s Most Valuable Player award in 2011.

A third player, tight end Virgil Green, has been suspended four games for violations of the league's substance-abuse policy. Apparently, Williams and McBean tested positive for performance enhancing substances on the league's banned list.

Is Something Amiss?

Just who administers these tests? According to Williams, he is not under investigation for steroids or other banned substances, he is in trouble for submitting a non-human specimen. What the heck is that?

Green was suspended for four games for taking ADHD medication prior to obtaining an exemption from the League. He now has the proper exemption to take the medication that has been prescribed to me to treat his condition.

Williams led the team with 70 tackles last season and he was second in sacks with five. McBean, who started three games, added 19 tackles and four sacks. Green, a rookie, had just three receptions for 24 yards.

Just another day in Dive Valley. Non-human specimens and the loss of Tebow Fever will make things more interesting as the summer rolls on. Certainly some Colorado substance abuse classes are now in order.