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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.

Thursday 10, Sep 2009

  Minnesota Vikings pair to play despite pending court case

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Minnesota Vikings pair to play despite pending court caseKevin and Pat Williams, Minnesota Vikings defensive tackles will be able play in Cleveland this week despite pending court case against the National Football League (NFL).

The league previously handed the Williamses with four-game suspensions due to a drug policy violation last summer.

According to NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello, the suspensions will not begin this weekend, during the season opener.

The two players denied taking steroids although they admitted to taking an over-the-counter weight loss supplement called Star Caps. However, the supplement had a hidden ingredient, a prescription diuretic known as bumetanide. The NFL bans the substance because it can mask the presence of steroids.

A federal ruling last May dismissed some of the players’ claims against the league. However, others were allowed to go forward in Minnesota state trial court. This ruling was therefore challenged by the NFL, the players and the NFL football association.

These proceedings are currently on hold in the Hennepin County District Court. The 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals will have to resolve the appeals, and everybody involved in the case are still waiting for their final decision.

According to Peter Ginsberg, one of the lawyers representing the Williamses, the NFL has no choice but to hold the suspension until the 8th district makes its decision.

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.