Broncos’ Henry suing NFL over drug test

Denver Broncos running back Travis Henry
According to Newsday, Denver Broncos running back is in the midst of a lawsuit directed at the National Football League; the purpose is to block the league from using the results of a drug test to suspend him. On September 20, Henry attempted to get a restraining order against the league to prevent them from using a urint specimen against him and to stop the disclosure of the test results.

Also in the report, court papers couldn’t be reviewed on Thursday and Henry’s attorney had no comment on the matter. However, papers filed by the NFL on Monday in federal court suggested that perhaps Henry failed the drug test because the documents stated that Henry was attempting to stop the league from testing his urine specimen and in the document’s words, “suspending his employment with the NFL”.

The court in Suffolk did grant a temporary restraining order; however, the league got an appelate court to rescind the order. What the NFL is looking to do is have the case transferred to a federal court in Brooklyn, NY as the issue in question involves the interpretation of the league’s collective bargaining agreement, which is typically covered by federal labor laws. On the other hand, Henry claims that the NFL violated league substance abuse policy by not allowing his “experts” to be present for the urine specimen collection procedure. As is customary, the league had no comment.

I’m not an attorney by trade, but there seems to be some holes in Henry’s claim. First of all – and if anyone out there with the legal expertise can please enlighten me – when is it mandatory for so-called “experts” to be present while a urine sample is collected? Secondly, with all of these legal motions being pulled by Henry and his suits, doesn’t that almost sound like an admission of guilt indirectly? Assuming that the testsare positive (and for I think they are), Henry will be suspended – this is his 3rd offense – for an entire season. so it doesn’ look too promising for Henry at the moment. Keep checking back here at NFL GRIDIRON GAB for up-to-date details in this developing case.


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