It appears the defense team for Williams and Williams continues to pull out all the stops in their quest for justice. In this round, the defense team asserts that Minnesota Vikings stars Kevin Williams and Pat Williams are being improperly singled out for extra testing for steroids.
But seriously folks, we all know ( All Viking fans at least ) that the NFL is the villain here and our heroes are but innocent pawns in this ever expanding miscarriage of justice. The William’s Attorney Peter Ginsberg said he filed papers Monday in Hennepin County District Court asking Judge Gary Larson to say the NFL can’t treat the Williamses differently from other players while the long court battle over their suspensions continues.
The Williamses, tested positive for a banned drug that can mask the use of steroids when they ingested the weight-loss supplement “StarCaps“, which contains the diuretic “bumetanide“. At the heart of the argument is the fact that bumetanide is not listed on the StarCaps label. The NFL has acknowledged that they knew StarCaps contained the banned drug, but failed to share that information.
The league has not accused the players of taking steroids, but the league’s policy is that players are responsible for knowing what they’re taking. Come on now….Since when have NFL players actually been held responsible for their own behavior ! No wonder this all seems so unfair !
Ginsberg alleged that the increased testing amounts to retaliation against the defensive tackles. He said he’s still trying to get the testing records for verification, but he said it appears they have each been tested more than six times since the Pro Bowl and that the frequency has increased. “
The NFL seems to be testing them about three times a month if not more, which is far in excess of what the testing policies allow “.. He asserts that the testing is not being done randomly and that Kevin and Pat Williams are being singled out.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello ( of the law office of Dewey, Cheatem and Howe) denied that the league is retaliating against the Williamses, but declined to comment on how often they’ve been tested. Under the NFL’s steroids policy, players who fail drug tests are subject to ongoing testing.
On Tuesday, the NFLPA asked the appeals court to speed up the appellate process and consider the issue before the 2009 season opener, scheduled for Sept. 13. If the issue remains undecided, the League intends to enforce the four game suspension at that time.
The William’s team argues that any suspensions should not allowed to be enforced until all legal appeals have been exhausted. In summation, this is all far from over. This case continues to take various twists and turns and is just jam packed with legalese, stall tactics and drama.