Pat and Kevin Williams win another injunction

P.Williams.jpgThough it remains to be seen whether Vikings defensive tackles Pat and Kevin Williams ultimately will avoid a four-game suspension for violating the league’s steroids policy, the NFL won’t be permitted to impose the suspension until the case is addressed by the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Judge Gary Larson ruled Friday morning that the Williamses satisfied the standard for proving that the suspensions should be blocked while the players exercise their appellate rights.

It’s a no-brainer, really.  Once the suspensions are imposed, the litigation becomes moot.  Given the Brian Cushing situation, which involved an eight-month lag between sample collection and suspension, the NFL will have an even harder time convincing anyone that the suspensions must be imposed immediately in order to preserve the integrity of the program.

The timetable for resolving the appeal remains unclear.  The NFL could request an expedited review.  Eventually, however, the Williamses would be making the same request regarding a potential appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court, in the event that their next move fails.

Directly benefiting from the development are the Saints and defensive end Will Smith.  The league received full clearance to suspend Smith and former Saints defensive end Charles Grant last year, but the NFL opted not to execute the suspension, apparently due to concerns that it would create a perception of inconsistent treatment.

Earlier this month, Judge Larson concluded that the NFL violated Minnesota law via the drug testing of Kevin and Pat Williams.  Larson, however, ruled that the suspensions could be implemented, finding that the players had demonstrated no legal injury.

45 responses to “Pat and Kevin Williams win another injunction

  1. Pat and Kevin Williams had their final appeal denied. Reached at their retirement beachfront homes in the Virgin Islands, the two former players said they were prepared “to deal with the consequences”.

  2. I hope this backfires on them and they end up suspended for the last few games of the year or even the playoffs. They’re going to get suspending eventually… they should just take the four games at the beginning of the year and call it a day. Though maybe the older Williams is hoping to put it off for 2010 and then retire next year.

  3. enough already NFL…give this one up you are trying to force your BS suspension on us so you have your poster-children for banned substances…go after cushing (at least he’s admitted to it) and leave us alone for the first time in over 30 years!!!

  4. stupid vikings are contributing to the chance of the NFL being locked out. but what do they care? fat pat will retire before having to serve his suspension, and the vikings will be in LA with a brand new stadium-once play resumes.
    think the players want to sign something saying the CBA is greater than state law? think the NFL will sign something saying it isn’t? hence-LOCKOUT!

  5. enough already if minn. says you cant suspend these cheats in their state then suspend them for the first 6 road games the extra 2 for all the bullsh%t these have caused and all the court costs should be taken from their salary

  6. The league received full clearance to suspend Smith and former Saints defensive end Charles Grant last year, but the NFL opted not to execute the suspension, apparently due to the obvious fix that was in for the WHO SHATS to get to the SB.
    Fixed it for ya

  7. GBfanForever says:
    May 21, 2010 11:26 AM
    Who needs consequences when you have lawyers?
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    I’m pretty sure that is the exact same quote Ray Lewis has tattooed on his arm.

  8. UPDATE 2018:
    The league today announced the suspension of 4 retired players tied to Starcaps…..The league further stated blah, blah, blah.
    When reached, all 4 retired players told the league to blow them.

  9. I love this. Now we will hear from all the idiot packer fans crying about how they are cheats and should man up….lol
    If it irritates the Packer faithful…I’m all for it!

  10. MNSportsGuy79 says: “leave us alone for the first time in over 30 years!!!”
    WAAAAHHHHH! Boo Frickin’ Hoo.

  11. You know, I’m sitting at work and wondering what is missing from my day? It finally hit me. I need an unqualified legal point of view from everybody’s favorite conservative prick and life-long Viking hater Bob Nelson! Don’t let me down you simple minded hick you.

  12. This is big Pat’s last season in the NFL. He’s all but confirmed this. All he needs to do is stall.
    Regardless of how this ends, I just hope it doesn’t result in a playoff suspension. That would do more to harm the competitive balance of this sport than any Starcaps that the players could have ever taken.

  13. If only the NFL would sign with WADA, this whole thing would be over and both Williamses would be gone for 24 months, then we could end this joke of a substance abuse policy once and for all and replace it with something that works.

  14. I don’t want them to get suspended. I don’t want any excuses this year when Cutler is carving up that D. :^)

  15. Comparing a wait of part of one season for a rookie player in order for the league to rule on his appeal and a wait of two seasons for an older player after their appeal to the league is apples and oranges. Not sure how long it has been since the Williams failed test, but the suspension has been delayed for a full season, and they are trying for more. Cushing’s suspension hasn’t been delayed at all.
    The drug policy is not able to be fairly and consistently applied because of the BS case in Minnesota. It is unfair to every other player and team in the league (except perhaps New Orleans and Will Smith) that these players are allowed to fail their tests with no penalty. It’s enough to make you hope the Vikings can’t get a new stadium deal and have to relocate so they have to play by the same rules as everyone else.

  16. Bears 287 Packers -26 says:
    May 21, 2010 11:55 AM
    I don’t want them to get suspended. I don’t want any excuses this year when Cutler is carving up that D. :^)
    Cutler is a perfect fit for Chicago. He’s a complete a-hole with no concept of accountablity and places blame on everyone but himself, just like Cubs fan.

  17. Thought at first the title said they have “won another injection”.
    Might as well, if they can’t be punished!

  18. All of their cheating and they still don’t have rings for their fat sausage fingers.
    Can’t wait ’til they end up in LA where the fairies belong. Maybe if their fans actually supported them like Packer and Bears fans do they wouldn’t have to leave.

  19. They are cheaters just like Brian Cushing. They just need to man up, and take the punishment.

  20. I’m so sick of hearing about these fat, useless cheaters. Look at all the money their costing the taxpayers with this billshit! It doesn’t really matter at this point anyways. The one is so old he probably won’t even be effective this season. I hope they both suffer career ending injuries and end up bed ridden for the rest of their lives which is a guarantee since their a couple of lazy n’s anyways.

  21. The Vikes come marching in!
    Thursday, September 9th -Vikes 35 Saints 14
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    And then they’ll be marchin’ home at the end of the season with an 8-8 record.

  22. Looks like the rest of league wont be able to run on the Vikings for at least another 4 games

  23. The NFL violated state law with their bumbling of these drug tests, and it wants to get out of it by claiming that their CBA should trump state law. How many businesses/people can get away with claiming their policies that they wrote themselves trump state laws?
    Both sides f’d up here, call it a draw and walk away already.

  24. So this judge has ruled that the NFL can suspend the Williams’ but then he ruled they can’t suspend them. This story is well beyond old and a shining example of how messed up the courts are.

  25. Bob NeIson says:
    May 21, 2010 12:30 PM
    The Packers will go undefeated this year.
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    BA HAHAHAHAHA….Things are desperate in Green Bay. Nice joke, my day started off good.

  26. What a joke. League has to negotiate a short arbitration period for players and disallow these lawsuits. They’re making a mockery of things.
    Can’t police their own steroid policy.

  27. These two lard ass’s should just retire…My god,four games,six games,matters not, the team is headed to LA anyhow..have em’ call Jenny Craig and make a few bucks that way!!

  28. # Johnnyb612 says: May 21, 2010 12:12 PM
    I’m so sick of hearing about these fat, useless cheaters. Look at all the money their costing the taxpayers with this billshit! It doesn’t really matter at this point anyways. The one is so old he probably won’t even be effective this season. I hope they both suffer career ending injuries and end up bed ridden for the rest of their lives which is a guarantee since their a couple of lazy n’s anyways.
    ______________________________________
    Johnny the redneck has spoken!!! Quote “The one is so old he probably wont be effective.”
    Well Johnny you idiot those “lazy n’s” have made more and given back to the community a whole lot more then you ever will in your sorry pathetic life!

  29. EricTheNoTalentAssClown says:
    May 21, 2010 11:37 AM
    The league received full clearance to suspend Smith and former Saints defensive end Charles Grant last year, but the NFL opted not to execute the suspension, apparently due to the obvious fix that was in for the WHO SHATS to get to the SB.
    Fixed it for ya
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    Fixed your username for ya.

  30. TrentDilferisaDouche says:
    May 21, 2010 12:59 PM
    Hey Bob,
    If you mean in preseason then I agree with you.
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    Contra says:
    May 21, 2010 1:01 PM
    Bob NeIson says:
    May 21, 2010 12:30 PM
    The Packers will go undefeated this year.
    ———
    BA HAHAHAHAHA….Things are desperate in Green Bay. Nice joke, my day started off good.
    =================
    I see two chumps have fallen for the imposter. Color me surprised.

  31. EasyDrinkingBuschLight says:
    May 21, 2010 12:38 PM
    The NFL violated state law with their bumbling of these drug tests, and it wants to get out of it by claiming that their CBA should trump state law. How many businesses/people can get away with claiming their policies that they wrote themselves trump state laws?
    Both sides f’d up here, call it a draw and walk away already.
    ————————–
    Yeah, because that would present a level playing field for the league. “31 teams follow these rules over here. 1 team doesn’t.”
    And you’ll have to explain to me how it would be considered a draw for the NFL to concede victory.. Seems like a draw would be if neither side won. So maybe they get suspended two games instead of the four judge Larson agreed on?

  32. ChillyP says:
    May 21, 2010 11:57 AM
    Who needs consequences when you’re Mark Chumura???
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    Chmura didn’t face consequences? He never played another NFL game. He went to court and, unlike the Williamses, he won.

  33. sand0 says:
    May 21, 2010 11:53 AM
    Regardless of how this ends, I just hope it doesn’t result in a playoff suspension. That would do more to harm the competitive balance of this sport than any Starcaps that the players could have ever taken.
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    It would serve the queens right to be hit hard when they need these guys most. They had the opportunity to serve these suspensions two years ago to start the 2008 season. Instead, they opted to fight the suspension and the team went 1-3 to start the season anyway. They would’ve been wise to just take their medicine then. It sure didn’t help to have them on the field in those 4 games.
    And I find it particularly funny that a Vikings fan, while rejoicing in the continued ability of his team to avoid following the rules applied evenly to all other teams, would choose to use the term “competitive balance”. If you were concerned about “competitive balance” you’d be clamoring for the Williamses to serve the suspensions.

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