Churchill Downs Claims Wes Welker Mistakenly Received $14,000 Extra at Derby

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistMay 16, 2014

via @Jeff_Novak

Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker looked like he was a big winner at the 2014 Kentucky Derby when he was handing out $100 bills, but it turns out that he may have been handing out someone else's money.

According to's Darren Rovell, Churchill Downs is claiming that Welker, who sent someone else to collect his winningsmistakenly received more than $14,000 that wasn't supposed to go to him.

Here's what Churchill Downs spokesman Darren Rogers said in a statement, via Rovell:

An individual believed to be a member of Wes Welker's group on Kentucky Derby Day was the beneficiary of an overpayment north of $14,000 on a wager due to a tote malfunction. In turn, a letter has been sent to that individual in an attempt to resolve the error.

TMZ Sports reported that thanks to a machine malfunction, Welker received $57,193.90 at this year's Kentucky Derby. TMZ Sports also reported that Welker received $14,858.55 more than he was supposed to. Now, Churchill Downs wants its money back.

The 33-year-old responded to the claims on The Dan Patrick Show:

Update: Friday, May 16, 4:29 p.m. ET

WAVE news anchor Janelle MacDonald shared the letter received by Welker and reports that Churchill Downs must absorb the loss.

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Welker can probably do without the extra $14,000 considering he is currently playing out a two-year, $12 million deal in Denver.

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