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Friday 15, Oct 2010

  Three players reportedly tested positive

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Three players reportedly tested positiveThree players are the latest to be named after testing positive for a drug that features on the list of banned substances by the NFL.

Multiple media reports identified the trio of defensive tackles and three players with the New Orleans Saints – running back Deuce McAllister and defensive ends Will Smith and Charles Grant – as testing positive for Bumetanide.

McAllister said that a counsel has been hired to do the job as per regulations of the NFL.

Thursday 17, Sep 2009

  New Orleans Saints pair would still be able to play

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New Orleans Saints pair would still be able to playNew Orleans Saints Will Smith and Charles Grant would still be able to play just like the two Viking players.

Grant and Smith have a case similar to that of the Williamsons. They also unknowingly ingested a banned diuretic contained in a weight loss product. The diuretic was known to mask the presence of anabolic steroids.

The NFL may have decided not to suspend the pair after the other two players took legal action, which resulted for their suspension to be put on hold.

According to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in a written statement, the primary goal of the league is to uphold fairness, effectiveness, and integrity of their program.

He believes that the appropriate step to take is to defer the suspensions of the four players while discussions regarding legal options continue with the National Football League Players Association.

According to players, the National Football League knew that the supplement StarCaps contained bumetanide but did not inform the players who were using it.

The league argued that they made the necessary actions according to the testing program. Whatever the players ingested, even if unknowingly, is still the responsibility of the player.

Wednesday 16, Sep 2009

  Will Smith and Charles Grant can play for now as per Saints Coach

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Will Smith and Charles Grant can play for now as per Saints CoachWith no news coming from the NFL about the future of Will Smith and Charles Grant, Saints coach Sean Payton intends to play them in the season opener against Detroit on this Sunday. It is worth noting here that the two players are facing the possibility of a four-game suspension and among a handful of NFL players who have tested positive last year for bumetanide (used to mask steroids and a banned diuretic).

It has been argued by the accused players that their suspensions are improper as the NFL was already aware of the fact that bumetanide had already been detected in the over-the-counter StarCaps weight-loss supplement and it was the NFL that failed to inform the players during a hotline to check if the supplement was allowed to be used.

Monday 08, Dec 2008

  Federal judge says suspended NFL players did not use steroids

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NFL steroidsThe five players suspended for violating the NFL’s policy on anabolic steroids and related substances got a temporary reprieve as a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against the suspension.

The five players who were suspended for four games each were Kevin Williams and Pat Williams, of the Minnesota Vikings, and Charles Grant, Deuce McAllister and Will Smith, of the New Orleans Saints. They tested positive for a banned diuretic in the dietary supplement StarCaps.

The Williamses, however, had already secured a temporary restraining order days prior to the issuance of the injunction.

The NFL Players’ Association has sued the league to block the suspensions. NFLPA argued that NFL, particularly its medical advisor, decided not to inform players over the spiked weight-loss product.

Sunday 07, Dec 2008

  Players union sues NFL to block doping suspensions

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NFL-steroidsThe NFL Players Association has filed a suit against the league Thursday following the suspension of five players who allegedly breached NFL’s policy on anabolic steroids and related substances.

All five players tested positive for bumetanide, a loop diuretic considered to be a masking of steroids and other performance boosters. NFLPA argues that the league knew of the tainted over-the-counter supplement and withheld the information from the players.

The lawsuit was meant to acquire a temporary injunction against the suspension, allowing the five players to be eligible to rejoin their respective teams towards the end of the regular season.

The five players were Kevin Williams and Pat Williams of the Minnesota Vikings, and Charles Grant, Deuce McAllister and Will Smith of the New Orleans Saints.

A sixth player, Houston’s long snapper Bryan Pittman, was also suspended but his case involved another type of diuretic. A seventh player, Atlanta’s Grady Jackson has not been handed a suspension; NFL’s counsel Jeff Pash had requested for additional information on Jackson’s case.

The Williamses had already obtained a temporary restraining order blocking their four-game suspensions from Hennepin County District Judge Gary Larson. The two tackles joined their team’s practice Thursday.

Thursday 04, Dec 2008

  Six players suspended for violation of NFL policy on anabolic steroids

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NFL steroidsWhether their ingestion of a banned compound is intentional or unintentional, six NFL players will miss four games for violating the league’s policy on anabolic steroids and related substances.

A section of the policy reads: “You and you alone are responsible for what goes into your body. Claiming that you used only legally available nutritional supplements will not help you in an appeal. … Even if they are bought over-the-counter from a known establishment, there is currently no way to be sure that they contain the ingredients listed on the packaging or have not been tainted with prohibited substances …If you take these products, you do so AT YOUR OWN RISK! For your own health and success in the league, we strongly encourage you to avoid the use of supplements altogether, or at the very least to be extremely careful about what you choose to take.”

The suspended players were running back Deuce McAllister and defensive linemen Charles Grant and Will Smith of New Orleans; defensive linemen Kevin and Pat Williams of Minnesota; and long snapper Bryan Pittman of Houston.

The Minnesota Vikings is expected to take most of the brunt of these suspensions since their run defense, ranked no. 2 in the league, would no longer be formidable for the next games with the absence of the Williamses.

The case of Atlanta’s Grady Jackson, another player implicated with the doping controversy, is still pending.  According to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, Jeff Pash, the league’s chief counsel, had asked for additional information in the Jackson’s case.

Jackson has filed a lawsuit against StarCaps, maker of the weight-loss product he took as a supplement. Jackson’s camp said StarCaps engaged in “false advertising and unfair business practices”, saying the company did not mention bumetanide as one of its product’s ingredients.

Excluding Pittman, all the suspended players tested positive for bumetanide and blamed the spiked StarCaps pills for their failed tests.