Hours after Vikings defensive tackles Pat Williams and Kevin Williams won another injunction in the StarCaps case, the NFL issued a statement responding to the decision.
“Today’s decision does not change the fact that every court has rejected the players’ claims and upheld the operation of the policy,” the league’s statement says. “We are confident the state appellate court will do the same. The alleged ‘public policy’ and ‘failure to warn’ issues identified in today’s decision were fully litigated and resolved in the league’s favor by two federal courts last year. There is no basis in our view for now re-introducing those issues of federal law at this stage of the case.”
But while the league expresses confidence that it will ultimately win on appeal, it still can’t suspend the players while they exercise their appellate rights.
And that’s good news for Vikings fans, as it’s highly unlikely Williams and Williams will be suspended in 2010.