Names surface of players who used StarCaps without punishment

During the neverending StarCaps litigation, which arose after Vikings defensive tackle Pat and Kevin Williams tested positive for an over-the-counter weight-loss supplement containing a prescription diuretic that also happens to be a banned substance, multiple references were made to the reality that other players previously had tested positive for Bumetanide, that they had explained they’d taken StarCaps, and that they had received no punishment whatsoever.

Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press recently named some names, thanks to deposition testimony that inexplicably was not properly safeguarded by the lawyers to prevent the names from being disclosed.

The players who tested positive before the league opted to crack down on StarCaps users were cornerback Nate Clements, guard Damien Woody, tackle Vernon Carey, tackle Damion McIntosh, defensive end Marquise Hill (who accidentally drowned in May 2007), receiver Jonathan Smith, fullback Damion Shelton, and fullback Patrick Pass.

Frankly, we’re amazed by the fact that the names got out.  The easy solution would have been to keep the names out of the testimony, for example by using a simple code (e.g., Player A, Player B), the key to which would have been kept closely guarded by the lawyers. 

It’s also possible that the lawyers agreed that the portions of the deposition transcripts containing the names of other players would be protected, via something like an agreed court order.  If that’s the case, and in light of the fact that the names got out, someone could be getting their butt reamed by a man who wears a robe in public.

22 responses to “Names surface of players who used StarCaps without punishment

  1. this is not news, i found these names with minimal research when the nfl first wanted to ban the wall. it is the real reason this consistent effort by the nfl is totally ridiculous.

  2. I was convinced the only reason Goodell is still pursuing the suspensions against the Williamses was because they fought him in court and won the initial legal rounds. But now? Why in the world is he singling out these two players when all those others went unpunished. Yet another victory for the Williamses.

  3. i think the phrase “before the nfl opted to crack down” puts those players in the same categories as the 70’s steelers. they all did steroids, “before the nfl opted to crack down on juice”

  4. only 3 were pats and Woody was a jet when this stuff was around, and pass and hill were both irrelevant..
    and you’re a douche

  5. someone could be getting their butt reamed by a man who wears a robe in public.
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    Hef? 🙂

  6. The Williams players tested positive for a steroid masking agent.
    Only the Williams players claim they ingested it with Star Caps.
    The leaqgue never approved Star Caps for players use.
    Rule breakers claiming they only got caught because of increased enforcement of the rules does not excuse the violation of the NFL’s steroid rules.
    Meanwhile the NFL steroid rules breaker’s attorneys keep running up their bill for “services”.
    The league cannot have players using steroid masking agents.
    The suspensions are inevitable.
    The NFL cannot have different rules for each state.

  7. The NFL is winning a huge victory with this Starcaps business. Their entire substance abuse system, and really the league in general, would have totally crumbled had they not taken this Starcaps thing as serious as a heart attack.
    NFL catches bunch of players taking butemide and realizes it is coming from Starcaps. Then they put out a very vague and nondescript memo about the company being untrustworthy without specifically pointing out why. Then they lie and wait for other players to fall into the trap. Then make a huge deal out of it and spend a ton of money litigating against them.
    You stay classy NFL!

  8. Goodell — it’s called “disparity of treatment”
    NEWS FLASH…the Courts have held that the inconsistent treatment is a relevant factor when deciding whether a punishment is unjustified. …..It is not unreasonable for players to expect consistency of treatment. — even in your world

  9. Bob, you are wrong…the NFL did approve Starcaps for use, then Starcaps changed their formula, that is basis of the Williams case. They did not intentionally take any masking agents.

  10. The grassfire means by which ingested products that are shown to assist performances is shared, tells me that each and every one of these guys knew it had performance enhancing characteristics, and that they all had hoped a loophole would enable their continued use of it. Cheating is cheating. The NFL effort to chase this down may be closing the doors after the cows got out, but they need to do it in order to raise the spector of the consequences if and when any and all substances are considered for use by the players.

  11. Ambrose
    Starcaps does not contain a performance enhancing drug unless you want to consider losing weight. The NFL should of put Starcaps on the do not use list and the players should also be aware of what they are using so both sides failed to do there job.

  12. “The suspensions are inevitable.”
    not a chance. pat has already beaten them because he’s retiring after this season and kevin will probably win too.
    the nfl was wrong and that’s why they keep losing in court.

  13. I am convinced that the NFL intentionally kept these very important details from the players with the calculated intent on nailing guys later. It is so crystal clear that this is the case. When you consider the health implications of what they have done it is obvious that these are NOT good people sitting atop the NFL management. These are very bad human beings.
    Regardless of whether or not the players are suspended I just hope that fans around the league realize how sleezy Goodell and his team are. These are not the types of men you want your children to grow up to be. I mean, money and success is nice but not if you are out trying to hurt others with your power.

  14. kotapug says:
    August 2, 2010 11:29 AM
    Starcaps does not contain a performance enhancing drug unless you want to consider losing weight.
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    It contains a powerful steroid masking agent. Why would a 6’0″ 209 LB DB (Clements,) a 5’11” 194 LB WR (Smith,) and a 5’11” 238 RB (Pass) need to lose “major” weight? Everybody knows why these guys were taking it. A world-class athlete should predictably be in pretty damn good shape already. Weight loss. Come on!

  15. Ambrose, good point, but as you may (or may not) know Pat Williams and Kevin Williams are not DB’s or RB’s, they are DT’s. Have you seen how hard it is for Haynesworth to pass that conditioning test? They took the StarCaps to LOSE WEIGHT: combined they weigh over 600 lbs, jumping to the conclusion and saying that because it could be used as a masking agent for steroids, doesn’t take away from the fact that its main usage(s) is to lose weight…

  16. Ambrose says:
    August 2, 2010 5:07 PM
    kotapug says:
    August 2, 2010 11:29 AM
    Starcaps does not contain a performance enhancing drug unless you want to consider losing weight.
    ——————– ——————– —–
    It contains a powerful steroid masking agent. Why would a 6’0″ 209 LB DB (Clements,) a 5’11” 194 LB WR (Smith,) and a 5’11” 238 RB (Pass) need to lose “major” weight? Everybody knows why these guys were taking it. A world-class athlete should predictably be in pretty damn good shape already. Weight loss. Come on!
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    Ambrose:
    I’m suprised that you haven’t somehow made this Favre’s fault……..

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