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Saturday 23, Oct 2010

  NFL wins ruling in drug test case

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NFL wins ruling in drug test caseThe National Football League (NFL) has won in Minnesota case that threatened to dilute its league wide drug testing policy. This means that Kevin Williams and Pat Williams who violated policy on performance enhancing drugs of NFL will have to serve a four game suspension in the 2010 season.

Hennepin County Judge Gary Larson ruled that the NFL players were not harmed by the failure of NFL to provide notice and it wasn’t enough to block the suspensions.

The N.F.L. originally suspended Kevin Williams and Pat Williams for four games in 2008 after they tested positive for a banned diuretic (bumetanide), which can be used to mask steroids.

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.

 

 

 

 


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.

Wednesday 22, Jul 2009

  Minnesota Judge blocks suspension of two Vikings

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Minnesota Judge blocks suspension of two VikingsIn a recent development, Hennepin County District Judge Gary Larson granted temporary restraining order on request of two players that had kept them suspended till decision of the case.

NFL had suspended Vikings linemen Kevin Williams and Pat Williams for violating anti-doping policy of the league.

The Judge wrote that Kevin and Pat Williams would suffer a considerable loss of playing time till the decision comes into force and therefore blocked their suspension till the final verdict comes out.

The decision is likely to benefit the two Williams who were accused of using StarCaps, which contained a diuretic, bumetanide, till the verdict is announced.

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.

Monday 29, Dec 2008

  Suspended Vikes said they used diuretic to get $400,000 bonus

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williams-steroidsAccording to Minneapolis Star Tribune Vikings defensive tackles Pat Williams and Kevin Williams, also known as the Williams’ Wall, used a banned compound to be eligible for the $400,000 bonus. They will get said reward if they weigh at or below the prescribed weight during several weigh-ins conducted throughout the year.

This information was included in the NFL letter to the Williams’ lawyer in connection with both players’ appeal of their four-game suspensions. More on this from Star Tribune.

The letter was sent by NFL executive vice president Jeffrey Pash on Dec. 2 to Peter Ginsburg, lawyer for the Williams’, denying their appeal of the suspensions. According to the document, the players tested positive “on or about July 26″ and were advised by letter two months later. They appealed, and at their appeal hearing Nov. 20, both players said they took StarCaps “on more than one occasion” the night before a scheduled weigh-in. The supplement contained the banned diuretic known as bumetanide.
According to the letter, both Pat and Kevin Williams get their bonuses if they are at or below their prescribed weight 11 times during the year (eight during the season, three off-season). That weight clause, however, provided that the players “would not engage in any ‘last-minute weight reduction techniques,’ which included ‘use of diuretics.’” Pash also wrote “I accept the representations of both players that they did not use steroids.”

Diuretics, such as bumetanide, have the ability to aid in rapid weight loss by enhancing rapid water loss through urine excretion. Sports organizations like the NFL consider diuretics as masking agents since they can banned compounds such as anabolic steroids by diluting urine.

Thursday 25, Dec 2008

  2008 most controversial doping cases

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steroidsThis year is Olympic year so it’s more interesting than the previous years as far as doping is concerned.

Remember the canny seven Russian track and field athletes who resorted to urine swapping to pass drug tests?

The International Association of the Athletics Federation officials became suspicious when said women athletes were always present for unannounced random tests. The Russians were also very punctual, arriving at testing places even before the IAAF officials got there.

“There were no ‘no shows’,” one official told Reuters. “The Russians were always there.”

So the officials started storing the athletes’ samples. Further investigation revealed that the latest urine samples provided by the athletes did not match the DNA of the stored samples. The Russians were later suspended. The athletes include Tatyana Tomashova, the two-time world 1,500 meters champion; and Yelena Soboleva, the world indoor 1,500 meters champion.

And who wouldn’t remember the Greek athletes who figured prominently in this year’s doping list because of quite a handful of failed dope tests.

In March, eleven of the 14 members of the Greek weightlifting team tested positive for the steroid methyltrienolone in out-of-competition testing in Athens. Then there was champion hurdler Fani Halkia, sprinter Dimitris Regas, and Anastasios Gousis who got banned for testing positive also for methyltrienolone. All Greek athletes were suspended for doping.

In Tour de France four riders, including the third finisher Bernhard Kohl, were suspended for testing positive for CERA, the new generation variant of the blood-boosting drug EPO

There was Marion Jones’ sprint in and out of jail for her use of performance-enhancing drugs and her involvement in a check fraud case. Jones began her six-month jail term March and was released September 5.

The NFL’s diuretic case also was in the news which involved several athletes who blamed the StarCaps weight-loss pill for their failed dope tests. Pat Williams and Kevin Williams of the Vikings were among the players who tested positive for the masking agent bumetanide.

The Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds anabolic steroids cases also dominated the sports scene in 2008 and are expected to remain in the headlines in 2009. The much-awaited Barry Bonds trial will commence March next year

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.

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