Friday, January 31, 2014
Union chief: Winslow won't be suspended
By Rich Cimini
NEW YORK -- The beleaguered Kellen Winslow finally got some good news. He hopes.
The New York Jets' tight end, found in possession of synthetic marijuana in November near the team's facility in Florham Park, N.J., won't be suspended under the NFL's substance-abuse policy, according to NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith.
Smith, speaking to reporters Thursday at a news conference in the Super Bowl XLVIII media headquarters, said synthetic marijuana isn't on the banned list of substances.
"Our drug policy is one that has strict and well-defined drugs that are banned," Smith said, via NJ.com. "If they are not on the list, they can't serve as the basis for discipline."
Police discovered synthetic marijuana from various manufacturers in Winslow's vehicle, according to records. He told police the NFL doesn't test for it and he buys it on the Internet and at gas stations. The story took an embarrassing turn when it recently was revealed that Winslow was masturbating in his car, according to a witness, who called police. That's when they found the substance.
Winslow was suspended four games last season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. He will be a free agent in March and is not expected to return to the Jets.