Biggs: Williams Wall heads to court March 8
The Williams Wall is finally headed for the inevitable – a Minnesota courtroom.
It’s far from over, but Minnesota Vikings defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams will get their day in court starting March 8. That is when Hennepin County judge Gary Larson will hear the case as the players attempt to prove that the NFL violated at least one tenet of Minnesota state law in the drug testing case better known as StarCaps that has dragged on for, well, just about ever.
It’s possible at this point that before training camp, or at least before the start of the season the players and team will learn whether or not they have to serve four-game suspensions that have been on hold since the 2008 season. Obviously, the Vikings would have trouble making up for the pair for that period of time. More importantly, when the case is finally resolved, and don’t be surprised if it makes it to the U.S. Supreme Court, it will have far-reaching effects on the future for the league, the players and drug testing.
In a 44-page ruling today, Larson maintained the temporary injunction that is in place. He ruled that the players could sue the league in his court, but also sided with the NFL on some key issues that Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press details well.
Stay tuned. Eventually there will be closure.
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