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Will Smith wants to resolve his StarCaps situation

Lost at times in the legal odyssey that has landed in more courtrooms than Pacman Jones, Saints defensive end Will Smith continues to face a four-game suspension for taking StarCaps in 2008.

The league received during the 2009 season clearance from the civil justice system to suspend Smith for four games.  But the league opted to defer the penalty, given that Vikings defensive ends Pat and Kevin Williams continue to have far greater success in staving off the suspensions.

Still, Smith hopes to find a way to resolve the situation, even as it appears that the suspensions will continue to be delayed for at least another full season as the Williamses appeal a decision to permit the league to proceed.

“It’s a thorn in your foot,” Smith recently told Alex Marvez and Jim Miller of Sirius NFL Radio.  “It’s just always there and everybody keeps talking about it.  At the end
of the day, we feel like we didn’t do anything wrong because it wasn’t
like we were using steroids.  We’re like, ‘We know we made a mistake by
taking something on the banned substance list.’  We want to try and
resolve it the best way we can and move forward.  We don’t want it to
stain our careers that any time we talk about those guys that everybody
refers to the StarCaps.”

Smith said that former Saints defensive end Charles Grant, unsigned after being cut by the team after the 2009 season, feels the same way — they both want to find a way to put it behind them.

But for the same reasons that the league opted not to suspend Smith and Grant when Pat and Kevin remained insulated by the law, the NFL probably won’t be inclined to work out a deal with only some of the players who tested positive for the prescription diuretic that secretly served as the active ingredient in StarCaps.  To resolve this mess with one of them, the league likely will feel compelled to resolve it with all of them.

It’s not impossible, but it won’t be easy.  And so the situation Smith has called “the never-ending story” won’t be ending any time soon.

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13 Responses to “Will Smith wants to resolve his StarCaps situation”
  1. Bob Nelson says: Jun 12, 2010 10:08 AM

    “We know we made a mistake by taking something on the banned substance list.”
    The guy took a steroid masking agent but can’t get his suspension served. He will never get away from it.
    From 2008, 2009, 2010, the honest man who steps up to accept his discipline is affected by the two whining fools in Minnesota.

  2. TBTrojan says: Jun 12, 2010 10:18 AM

    If he truly wanted to put it behind him he would have just taken the suspension and moved on.
    What he means is “I took something that was banned by the league and don’t want to be punished, I just want to continue like I did nothing wrong.”

  3. macaw says: Jun 12, 2010 10:18 AM

    They tested positive for bumetanide. They claim it was from StarCaps, but that’s only a claim. If a player knowingly took something containing bumetanide, it would be very convenient to later claim it was from the one suppliment that was omitted from the NFL’s list.

  4. JimmySmith says: Jun 12, 2010 10:20 AM

    It’s a valid complaint, being sucked into the alternative universe of the Minnesota Vikings where players don’t have to face the consequences of their substance abuse.
    Minnesota only hopes to delay past the retirement announcements of the Williams sisters. What the Vikings fail to realize is that the NFL will never allow them to win a championship game as evidence by the referee’s calls in OT last year. It’s not a conspiracy; it’s a deliberate effort by the league to punish the Vikings for not subjecting their players to the same standards of the other 31 teams.

  5. MrHumble says: Jun 12, 2010 10:49 AM

    This has nothing to do with any kind of team allegiance but simply that the NFL needs to be put in it’s place that they can’t have it both ways. Here’s hoping that Grant, Smith and the Williamson’s have their names cleared and suffer no suspensions. The NFL went out of their way to entrap players and this shouldn’t be allowed. How can the NFL not enforce or punish the dozens of players who were using Starcaps for a couple of years and then unilaterally decide that “today” we’re gonna get somebody. It would be like our government passing laws without informing anyone and then arresting them when they felt like it…wrong wrong wrong.

  6. EricTheClown says: Jun 12, 2010 10:56 AM

    Funny, he could have taken his punishment last year. He sure was quiet then.
    DOUCHEBAG

  7. leeweezy8 says: Jun 12, 2010 11:35 AM

    What I don’t understand is that these guys took starcaps and it was starcaps fault that the banned ingredients was not placed on the product. So if I am reading these ingredients, and the banned substance is not on there, is it my fault for taking it? That is the players argument! Honestly I don’t think they should be punished just for that simple fact. Think about it like this. Let’s say you go out to a party, and you eat some brownies with some 4/20 in them; not knowing that it was in there. You go to work the next day and walk into a piss test and get popped. Do you think you should get fired?

  8. absolutsaints says: Jun 12, 2010 11:51 AM

    JimmySmith says: June 12, 2010 10:20 AM
    It’s a valid complaint, being sucked into the alternative universe of the Minnesota Vikings where players don’t have to face the consequences of their substance abuse.
    Minnesota only hopes to delay past the retirement announcements of the Williams sisters. What the Vikings fail to realize is that the NFL will never allow them to win a championship game as evidence by the referee’s calls in OT last year. It’s not a conspiracy; it’s a deliberate effort by the league to punish the Vikings for not subjecting their players to the same standards of the other 31 teams.
    ====================================
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    WE WON THE SUPERBOWL PUNK!!!!! get that sand out of your vagina and change your tampon. YOUR team was beat by the better team. We forced turnovers out the ass, we picked your grandfather of a QB to force overtime, and we drove the ball down your throat to win the game. How do sour grapes taste? Grow a shlong and move on you little baby…..
    WE YELLIN’ BLACK N’ GOLD TO THE SUPERBOWL!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Franchise says: Jun 12, 2010 11:53 AM

    EricTheClown says:
    Funny, he could have taken his punishment last year. He sure was quiet then.
    DOUCHEBAG
    ————————————————–
    Correct.
    Also, Smith and Grant can take their suspension at any time if they choose to do so.
    Pat and Kevin’s legal battle in Minnesota isnt holding them back from doing so if they so choose.
    I guess “standing up to accept his disapline” has its limitations.

  10. Carolina Homie says: Jun 12, 2010 12:13 PM

    @ MrHumble You might want to consider reading up on some of the facts. It might reduce some of the idiocy that seems to be leaking from your keyboard.

  11. JackDiesel says: Jun 12, 2010 12:22 PM

    ErichTheClown, you really are a clown. Read the article again, it says…
    “But for the same reasons that the league opted not to suspend Smith and Grant when Pat and Kevin remained insulated by the law, the NFL probably won’t be inclined to work out a deal with only some of the players who tested positive for the prescription diuretic that secretly served as the active ingredient in StarCaps. To resolve this mess with one of them, the league likely will feel compelled to resolve it with all of them.”
    The league can’t suspend him unless they suspend Pat and Kevin Williams.

  12. MrHumble says: Jun 12, 2010 12:37 PM

    Bob Nelson says:
    June 12, 2010 10:08 AM
    “We know we made a mistake by taking something on the banned substance list.”
    The guy took a steroid masking agent but can’t get his suspension served. He will never get away from it.
    From 2008, 2009, 2010, the honest man who steps up to accept his discipline is affected by the two whining fools in Minnesota.
    ———————————-
    Starcaps is not a steriods masking agent for your info.

  13. Carolina Homie says: Jun 12, 2010 1:43 PM

    In December of 2006, the NFL banned all products manufactured by Balance Health Products. That includes StarCaps. The NFLPA was notified and sent notifications to all players and agents. The Williams are now using a Minnesota law that is based on mind altering substances NOT performance enhancers to hold off hteir suspensions. The fact that this continues to be allowed shows how laughable our legal system has become in some cases.

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