DeMaurice Smith reacts to StarCaps ruling
It certainly isn’t over yet for Minnesota Vikings defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams when it comes to the StarCaps case, but their case was dealt a serious blow in Hennepin County (Minn.) court today.
Judge Gary Larson ruled that they must serve the four-game suspensions handed down by the NFL for violation of the league’s policy on anabolic steroids and related substances. Barring the completion of a Hail Mary in appeals court, they will be sitting out four games in the 2010 season.
Interestingly, the NFLPA didn’t attack the decision in a statement from executive director DeMaurice Smith that was released this afternoon.
“We have seen the ruling in the StarCaps case and will continue to review and monitor its events closely,” Smith said. “The NFL Players Association has always believed in and supported the collectively bargained drug policy as the most effective way to protect the players and the game. This policy is the most effective in sports when both sides strictly adhere to it and it is fairly applied.”
No innuendo there that the policy has been unfairly applied to these players. Looks like the Williamses will have a final chance in appeals court but he NFLPA isn’t holding out a lot of hope.
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