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Thursday 20, Jan 2011

  Two of the six suspended NFL players respond

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Two of the six suspended NFL players respondTwo of the six players suspended by the National Football League (NFL) for testing positive to drugs are about to challenge the ruling.

The NFL suspended defensive tackles Pat Williams and Kevin Williams of the Minnesota Vikings, a trio of players with the New Orleans Saints – running back Deuce McAllister and defensive ends Will Smith and Charles Grant – and centre Bryan Pittman of the Houston Texans for violating the league’s policy on anabolic steroids and related substances.

The drug in question is Bumetanide, which is a diuretic that can mask the presence of other substances, including steroids.

Monday 18, Oct 2010

  Suspensions of five NFL players blocked by Judge

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Suspensions of five NFL players blocked by JudgeThe suspensions handed down to five NFL players (Pat Williams and Kevin Williams of the Minnesota Vikings and Deuce McAllister, Charles Grant and Will Smith of the New Orleans Saints) for violating the league’s anti-doping policy was blocked, at least temporarily, by a federal judge.

U.S. District Court Judge Paul Magnuson said that he required more time for ruling on the case involving the five NFL players.

Magnuson wrote in his ruling that the case issues are complex and contentious and it is not possible in the two days that remain before the players at issue are next scheduled to take the field.

Friday 15, Oct 2010

  Deuce McAllister not surprised by doping report

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Deuce McAllister not surprised by doping reportNew Orleans Saints running back Deuce McAllister recently said that he was not surprised to see his inclusion on a list of players who reportedly tested positive for a drug on the list of banned substances of the NFL.

McAllister also insisted that he tried to play by the rules in the wake of victory attained by the Saints over the San Diego Chargers at Wembley Stadium.

McAllister said that he and many others have been going through with this for a while and it is all for others to find out about it.

Saturday 16, Jan 2010

  Pat and Kevin Williams cleared by Federal Appeals Court

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pat-and-kevin-williamsA Federal Appeals Court verdict has allowed Pat Williams and Kevin Williams, Minnesota Vikings, to play the entire season amidst strong opposition from the National Football League (NFL). The two Williams, not related to each other, were accused of violating the league’s anti-doping policy.

It was remarked by Kevin, after the verdict, that this is a relief for both him and Pat.

The Vikings’ players were not accused of using steroids but were accused of using an over-the-counter weight loss supplement, StarCaps, which didn’t stated on the label that it contained bumetanide, a diuretic that is banned by the NFL as it can mask the presence of steroids.

Wednesday 09, Dec 2009

  Pat and Kevin Williams cleared by Federal Appeals Court

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Pat and Kevin Williams cleared by Federal Appeals CourtA Federal Appeals Court has cleared Pat and Kevin Williams, two Minnesota Vikings stars, from playing all season amidst strong opposition to the ruling from NFL. It is worthwhile to note here that NFL was seeking suspension for both these Minnesota Vikings players after finding them guilty of violating the league’s anti-doping policy.

Kevin Williams was quick to remark that both he and Pat are happy to learn that they can play the whole of NFL season.

The two Williams acknowledged using StarCaps, over-the-counter weight loss supplement, which did not come with a label warning that it included the diuretic bumetanide that is banned by the NFL since it can mask the presence of steroids.

 

 

 

 


Thursday 29, Oct 2009

  Congress to scrutinize Minnesota Vikings’ case next week

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Congress to scrutinize Minnesota Vikings’ case next weekThe House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection will conduct investigations regarding Minnesota Viking players Kevin and Pat Williams on November 3, 2009. That is according to subcommittee representative Karen Lightfoot.

Congress will have to examine closely a controversial Minnesota law that lead to the two Pro Bowl tackles to fight off their suspension and oppose any disciplinary moves by NFL authorities.

The executives from the league and some members of the NFL players association will be called to testify. It is not yet certain of the two Minnesota Vikings will be called as witnesses.

In 2008, the Williamses were suspended after testing positive for the diuretic bumetanide, which was hidden in the weight loss supplement, StarCaps.

However, the Williamses sued the league, accusing them of violating a Minnesota law by suspending them for testing positive for bumetanide.

They sued NFL in Hennepin County and won a US Court of appeals ruling in September 11, 2009.

The NFL players tried appealing to congress to consider a federal law regarding Minnesota’s drug-testing laws, which were considered a loophole protecting players in professional sports drug testing.

The court’s ruling on the Viking’s case also allowed New Orleans Saints players to play even after being suspended due to testing positive for StarCaps.

Friday 02, Oct 2009

  Minnesota Vikings cleared by Federal Appeals Court

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Minnesota Vikings cleared by Federal Appeals CourtA federal appeals court has the cleared the way for Pat Williams and Kevin Williams, Minnesota Vikings, to play all season despite strong opposition from NFL seeking suspensions for them for violating the league’s anti-doping policy.

Kevin Williams said that it is a big sigh of relief after knowing that he and Pat can play the whole NFL season.

It is important to note here that the two Vikings are not accused of taking steroids. They, however, acknowledge taking StarCaps, over-the-counter weight loss supplement which did not stated on the label that it included the diuretic bumetanide, which is banned by the NFL as it can mask the presence of steroids.

Wednesday 30, Sep 2009

  Minnesota Vikings cleared by Federal Appeals Court

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Minnesota Vikings cleared by Federal Appeals CourtA federal appeals court has the cleared the way for Pat Williams and Kevin Williams, Minnesota Vikings, to play all season despite strong opposition from NFL seeking suspensions for them for violating the league’s anti-doping policy.

Kevin Williams said that it is a big sigh of relief after knowing that he and Pat can play the whole NFL season.

It is important to note here that the two Vikings are not accused of taking steroids. They, however, acknowledge taking StarCaps, over-the-counter weight loss supplement which did not stated on the label that it included the diuretic bumetanide, which is banned by the NFL as it can mask the presence of steroids.

Saturday 28, Feb 2009

  A LOOK AT THE PAST AND THE FUTURE OF THE “WILLIAMS WALL”

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a-look-at-the-past-and-the-future-of-the-e2809cwilliams-walle2809dIn December of 2008, a surprising news hit the world of the National Football League as well as several fans of the Minnesota Vikings. Two of its best defense linemen had failed the drug test done. Pat and Kevin Williams were tested positive for a diuretic. Diuretics are banned from football mainly because they can mask the effect of steroids. Although the two have not been proven to have used anabolic steroids, they were given a four-game suspension. Pat and Kevin Williams addressed the issue by suing the NFL. According to the athletes, they didn’t know that the supplement Starcaps which they were taking had a diuretic component and that component was not even listed in on the bottle. Starcaps is not banned from the NFL. The two will be facing trial this coming June 2009.

The pair is known as the “Williams Wall” of the Minnesota Vikings. They are not blood related but they can set up one great defense— probably the best rush defense the NFL has ever seen. In fact, other athletes have a hard time getting past these two and their absence in games will be a thorn in the Vikings’ foot.

Tuesday 09, Dec 2008

  Suspended (and doped) Vikes gets TRO

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nfl-steroids-dopingMinnesota Vikings Pat and Kevin Williams, who received a four-game suspension each on Tuesday for violating NFL’s policy on anabolic steroids and related substances, may see action in Sunday’s match at Detroit.

The two tackles were granted temporary restraining order by Hennepin County District Court Judge Gary Larson and they are now back at their team’s active roster. Larson’s ruling, however, could be reversed depending on the outcome of the full hearing he will have with the league.

The NFL, of course, was displeased with the issuance of the TRO. It said in a statement:  “The NFL policy on steroids and related substances is a collectively bargained program between the league and the NFL Players Association. The program and the collective bargaining agreement expressly bar precisely this kind of lawsuit.

“All of the steroid program’s rules and procedures are established in agreement with the players’ union. In other words, the players have agreed to the rules and the procedures that they are now challenging. There is no merit to this lawsuit, and we will promptly seek to have the order reversed.”

Dan Nash, a lawyer for the NFL, said  he will  consult with the league.
“I’m not sure what our next step will be,” he said.

More background scoop from Star Tribune:

Random drug testing revealed July 26 that both players had bumetanide in their systems. They claimed they took the substance to lose weight. Neither player showed traces of anabolic steroids or urine dilution, the lawsuit noted.

But the NFL suspended both players for four games and upheld the suspensions after both players appealed Nov. 20 in New York. “The instant suspensions provide the NFL with a politically palatable solution to convincing public officials that the league is seriously policing the use of steroids,” the players’ legal documents said.

But Dan Nash countered there is no dispute the players took a banned substance. “It doesn’t matter whether you took them to mask a steroid or whether you took them to lose weight,” he said.

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