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Monday 24, Jan 2011

  Lawsuit filed by NFLPA for blocking bans

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Lawsuit filed by NFLPA for blocking bansThe NFL Players Association has filed a lawsuit for blocking the suspensions handed to five players.

The suit was filed recently in a United States District Court and carried out in response to penalties handed down to Pat Williams and Kevin Williams of the Minnesota Vikings and Deuce McAllister, Charles Grant and Will Smith of the New Orleans Saints.

The players were suspended after testing positive for a banned diuretic (Bumetanide) that can mask the presence of other substances, including 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 06, Nov 2009

  Congress reluctant on intervening with NFL’s and players’ dispute

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Congress reluctant on intervening with NFL’s and players’ disputeAfter NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s appeal to congress to amend federal labor law to allow professional sports league to suspend players who tested positive for drug tests, the Congress issued a statement last Tuesday regarding their reluctance to intervene and even encouraged the NFL and the players union to settle their dispute.

According to the chairperson of house subcommittee for Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection, Rep. Bobby Rush, they are concerned about the effects of the StarCaps case and would want to keep a vigilant watch on the procedure and the conflict. However, Rush said that congress would prefer to help both parties with coming up with a solution and resolving the issue among themselves.

Rep. Henry Waxman, the congressional representative who led investigations during the 2005 to 2008 steroids abuse in baseball supports Goodell’s appeal.

According to Rep. Waxman, steroids policies set by professional sports league to curb steroids abuse should prevail. If these policies will be considered null and void, it could lead to an invitation of steroids abuse not only in professional sports but as well as in high school and college football fields and baseball diamonds.

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.

Monday 12, Oct 2009

  Congress to continue its examination on the NFL’s StarCaps issue

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Congress to continue its examination on the NFL’s StarCaps issueThe NFL had undertaken to suspend Minnesota Vikings Pat Williams and Kevin Williams four games each for breaching the league’s anti-doping policy.

Now, the House Energy and Commerce Committee contrives to conduct a hearing next month on the case of two professional football players, whose suspensions were barred by a federal appeals court.

According to Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, he is worried that the legal issues concerning to NFL would result to lighter implementation of performance-enhancing drug policies for professional football.

The league wanted to suspend the two Viking players for testing positive for a weight loss supplement called Starcaps during the 2008 training camp. The players unwittingly took the supplement with the diuretic bumetanide. Diuretics are prohibited because they can mask the presence of steroids in the urine. The players were not accused of using any steroids.

However, the two players sued the league because they laid claim that NFL neglected to inform them that StarCaps secretly contained bumetanide.

Aside from that, the players also contended that the testing breached particular state workplace laws. Last month, the eighth US Circuit Court of Appeals continued an injunction issued by a federal judge barring the order.

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 23, Sep 2009

  NFL commissioner sends a friendly reminder to NFL payers regarding PEDs use

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NFL commissioner sends a friendly reminder to NFL payers regarding PEDs useWith all the athletes who tested positive for performance enhancing drugs and their common excuse of not being aware that what they were taking contained PEDs, it is only sensible that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and executive director of the Players’ Association, DeMaurice Smith send a “friendly” reminder regarding the use of performance-enhancing drugs or nutritional supplements.

According to ESPN reports, the summary of the commissioner’s reminders are as follows:

Any athlete is responsible for his own body. Therefore, the common excuse of taking a nutritional supplement containing an undeclared performance-enhancing substance is NOT an excuse if a doping test is failed.

Second, take any supplements at your own risk. There are nutritional supplements certified by the Sports Nutrition Label Certification Program, however, if you want anything not approved by this program, then you must be responsible for the consequences. These supplements ay contain ingredients that may cause you to test positive.

Third, weight loss supplements are as risky as any other supplements; therefore, you must not take them. One example is the weight loss supplement, StarCaps that caused two Vikings and Saints players to fail their doping tests.

Lastly, any questions regarding supplements must be addressed by Dr. John Lombardo, the administrator of the league’s policy on steroids and other related substances.

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.

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