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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.

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 05, Nov 2009

  Goodell asks congress for protection of collective bargaining agreements

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Goodell asks congress for protection of collective bargaining agreementsSince the blocking of the suspensions of two Minnesota Viking players who tested positive for a banned diuretic substance, Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner, plans to ask congress to create a law that could protect collective bargaining agreements from state law changes.

In his testimony for the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing yesterday in Washington, Goodell expressed his belief that a Labor Management Relations Act is amendment is important and necessary to shield the collectively bargained steroid policies from attack under state law.

NFL suspended Kevin and Pat Williams, 2 Minnesota Vikings players and 2 other Saints players for allegedly testing positive for bumetanide, a banned diuretic. Although the players did not test positive for steroids use, they were suspended because diuretics can mask the presence of steroids in the urine.

However, the players filed a counter case, saying the league violated Minnesota testing laws. Furthermore, the players union also filed a similar lawsuit, supporting the players.

In May, a federal judge dismissed the union’s and the Williamses’ cases, although claims on Minnesota workplace laws were sent back to state court. In September, federal court’s decision allowed the players to continue playing while the case is still in state court.

 


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.

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 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.

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