On Friday, lawyer Peter Ginsberg identified coach Brad Childress as one of the witnesses to be called by the plaintiffs in the StarCaps case filed by defensive tackles Pat and Kevin Williams against the team and the NFL.
On Monday, Judge Gary Larson ruled that Childress will be required to testify, according to the Associated Press. The trial was scheduled to begin on Monday.
The development means that the NFL, the Vikings, and/or Childress himself tried to block the move.
Ginsberg told the Associated Press that Childress is expected to testify that knew about the positive test results generated by the Williamses, and that he told no one. The evidence apparently is aimed at establishing that, if none of the persons outside the league office who knew about the positive tests blabbed, someone in the league office must have been responsible for the leak.
The issue of confidentiality becomes important in the case because the plaintiffs claim among other things that the NFL violated Minnesota law regarding the secrecy of positive drug tests by disclosing the positive results to the media.
UPDATE: There’s also a good chance the judge will ask Childress how in the hell 12 guys were on the field.