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Kevin Williams decides to take his StarCaps medicine

Kevin Williams, Pat Williams

In lieu of taking his case for blocking a four-game suspension to the Minnesota Supreme Court, Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams has decided to end the case arising from a 2008 positive test for bumetanide, a banned diuretic that secretly had been added to the over-the-counter weight-loss supplement known as StarCaps.

According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, lawyer Peter Ginsberg has confirmed that Kevin Williams did not file an appeal within 30 days after an intermediate appellate court ruling that upheld the suspension.

It means that Kevin Williams likely will be suspended for the first four games of the 2011 regular season, whenever the 2011 regular season starts.  (If there are fewer games than 16, we believe the suspension should be reduced proportionately.  For example, if there are only twelve games, the suspension should be cut to three.)

Teammate (for now) Pat Williams has decided to appeal, even though he seemed to be ready to give up when the most recent ruling was issued.  Pat Williams also has said he plans to leave the Vikings via free agency.

I just want it to be over,” Pat Williams said last month.  “If I lose, I lose.  I’m not mad at anybody.  Right now, I want it to be over because it’s cost me so much money, close to $1 million [in legal fees].  It ain’t cheap. . . .  The only person getting anything out of keeping on fighting is the lawyers.”

The fact that Pat Williams opted to continue the fight likely means that Saints defensive end Will Smith likewise will continue to escape a suspension.  Though the league obtained legal clearance to suspend Smith in 2009, the league opted not to create the perception of unequal treatment.

Two other Saints — Deuce McAllister and Charles Grant — also were in line for a suspension in 2008, but both have left the league.

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36 Responses to “Kevin Williams decides to take his StarCaps medicine”
  1. jc1958cool says: Mar 11, 2011 7:38 AM

    no he should get 4 or more, that’s the price you pay! why should that turd cheater get less, if it’s a short season? if any thing he should get more for taking it to court!

  2. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Mar 11, 2011 7:40 AM

    Great now we have to have to listen to another two years of this Starcap bull again.

  3. eagleswin says: Mar 11, 2011 7:41 AM

    This is part of the legal process for football players that needs to change in the new CBA. These guys will be retired before they exhaust their last appeals and this happened nearly 3 years ago. If he had to give back all the money he earned in the meantime if the courts for the 3rd? 4th? 5th? time uphold the ruling then there might be some justice but this is ridiculous.

  4. johnnyb216 says: Mar 11, 2011 7:58 AM

    No way he should get less for a shortened season. That’s what he gets for dragging this out for the last 3 seasons. No breaks for the cheater.

  5. Kave Krew says: Mar 11, 2011 8:20 AM

    It’s Bill Belichick’s fault…..somehow…….right?……… StarCap-gate

  6. 13xworldchamps says: Mar 11, 2011 8:32 AM

    AS Bad as the Vikings will probably be next year maybe he would just prefer to sit out 4 games and not have to deal with the misery…………..Just another aging player on the oldest team in the leauge…….just sayin

  7. cameran0804 says: Mar 11, 2011 8:49 AM

    Cheater? he took something to LOSE weight you clowns!!!!

  8. vikescry1 says: Mar 11, 2011 9:04 AM

    he should’ve been suspended 2 years ago, you use you lose! come on man i can’t believe that the vikings can’t teach a fat tub of guts how to diet and excercise. now whatever other team if any has to deal with this? what a looser!

  9. flipadelphia says: Mar 11, 2011 9:09 AM

    No way in heck they should shorten the suspension. If he would have taken his punishment when he originally was penalized then nobody would remember this.

    Sorry, the NFL having a shortened season shouldnt have any effect with suspensions.

    You did the crime, you do the time.

  10. moezilla says: Mar 11, 2011 9:13 AM

    Dear 13xworldchamps,

    Is it still considered a world championship if we’re the only country that plays….pro….football?

    …..just sayin

  11. henryd3rd says: Mar 11, 2011 9:15 AM

    Let’s see his base salary is almost $800,000.00 plus his bonuses before taxes and his agent’s commission. His legal fees are over $1,000,000.00. He decides to end the appeal process and sit out the first four games of the upcoming season. So he looking to loose an additional $200,000.00. His reputation is trashed and he’s looked upon as another cheater. Hello Kevin! Anyone home in there?

  12. smoothjimmyapollo says: Mar 11, 2011 9:36 AM

    “Dear 13xworldchamps,

    Is it still considered a world championship if we’re the only country that plays….pro….football?

    …..just sayin”

    Um, Canada has the CFL, but it’s made up of players who couldn’t cut it in the NFL. There’s also the European Federation of American Football, the Pan American Federation of American Football, Asian Federation of American Football, and the Oceania Federation of American Football. They are also made up of players who cannot currently cut it in the NFL. I think that at the time, the NFL offers the highest skill level of American style football, and therefore, the winner of the NFL Championship can rightfully be declared world champion.

    … just sayin’

  13. gosox2673 says: Mar 11, 2011 9:56 AM

    The good news is, starting tomorrow, he can just start taking it again.

  14. jong80 says: Mar 11, 2011 10:09 AM

    If the other players won’t be suspended if Pat Williams continues to fight, then why would Kevin Williams? Why should Kevin Williams get unequal treatment now that he is not appealing anymore?

    Also if you don’t feel something is right, you should fight it. It obviously had nothing to do with the money, since they paid more than they would have lost from a suspension. They felt the leagues handling of the situation wasn’t right. Not telling the players of a known illegal substance slipping in to a diet drug is something worth fighting for someone that can afford it.

  15. knew8411 says: Mar 11, 2011 10:28 AM

    Some of you kill me…yeah we’ll throw out the 200+ year old legal process, because you think these guys are “cheaters” & have nothing but OPINION to back up what you say.

    Hey:
    flipadelphia says:
    Mar 11, 2011 9:09 AM
    Sorry, the NFL having a shortened season shouldnt have any effect with suspensions.

    Yeah….unless that suspension was being implemented aginst a member of the team you cheer for.

    If he truely did something wrong that’s one thing, but from what the defendants have said is: there was nothing on the StarCaps bottle to indicate that there was any reason for the athlete to worry about taking it. Secondly, calls to the NFL banned substances hot line were unanswered. Yeah, they took them to help cut some weight…so what. No different for anyone else buying Dexitrim or some other OTC weight loss suppliment. What’s it gonna make one faster or stronger? I doubt it.

  16. dukemarc says: Mar 11, 2011 10:33 AM

    cameran0804 says: Mar 11, 2011 8:49 AM

    Cheater? he took something to LOSE weight you clowns!!!!

    ——————————

    It’s well documented that the diuretic in that supplement can be used to mask steroid use.

  17. uncommon1 says: Mar 11, 2011 10:37 AM

    To all the posters calling them cheaters:
    Lets pretend that you’re employed. Seeing as you have no skills, I’ll just assume you work at a Rectal Testing Facility. If someone came to you and said “Try this lubricant. It will make you better at your job, and you will likely get a riase. Illegal? Heck No! Look at the ingredients. Not one illegal substance.” You use said lubricant only to find out later that there was an unlisted substance in it, and it was on the banned list. These guys had trusted dietitians telling them that it was ok to take it. No one cheated, its just a case of failing to do their due diligence in determining the ingredients.

  18. patsfan says: Mar 11, 2011 10:45 AM

    shorten the suspension?

    he used the legal process to defer it until it was convenient.

  19. fngs1 says: Mar 11, 2011 10:54 AM

    Here’s a question. Will he make more or less than the last 3 years. If it is less that would of been a smart move due to making less each week, but if he ends up making more-not such a good move. If and when the new season start. Let the trash talking begin since it be a new season, and EVERYBODY starts out at 0-0

  20. cameran0804 says: Mar 11, 2011 10:56 AM

    @vikescry1 Maybe you sould get your fat wife some star caps!!!!!

  21. PurpleRaid18 says: Mar 11, 2011 10:59 AM

    OK… so Kevin Williams was handed a suspension of 4 games, because he took an alleged, “banned substance.” (implying he was masking for steroids, yet NO evidence can proof that)

    Take Ben Roethlisberger for example, he was handed a 6 game suspension, for alleged sexual assault. Yet, his was reduced to 4 games…

    Why should Kevin, who had a reasonable case to take the ruling to court, have to serve all four games, when Roethlisberger (who was accused more than once of SEXUAL ASSUALT) had his suspension reduced?

    This isn’t about Vikings (or fans) vs. NFL “rules” – it’s about someone who had a legitimate argument for having his suspensions dropped.

  22. cameran0804 says: Mar 11, 2011 11:31 AM

    @dukemarc I understand that, but he has NEVER tested positive for steriods and the product in star caps are not high enough levels to mask ANYTHING! get your facts right before you write, you clown!!!

  23. 13xworldchamps says: Mar 11, 2011 11:46 AM

    moezilla says: Mar 11, 2011 9:13 AM

    Dear 13xworldchamps,

    Is it still considered a world championship if we’re the only country that plays….pro….football?

    …..just sayin
    ——————————————————

    Must be a Queens fan? If so, how would you know…….I think you guys have what…..ZERO……

    Lots of countries play football…………not just us, and the superbowl champion has always been considered the world champs…..Just so happened this year it was the GREEN BAY PACKERS…….

  24. flipadelphia says: Mar 11, 2011 12:47 PM

    So does that make the Detroit Lions 4 time world champions?

  25. stellarperformance says: Mar 11, 2011 12:59 PM

    Bumetanide is used to mask the use of anabolic steroids, but Williams (really really) only wanted to lose weight. Uh huh. He couldn’t lose weight any other manner “because it’s just so darn hard!” He’s a cheater…plain and simple. Not the only one of course, but a cheater just the same.

  26. shaggytoodle says: Mar 11, 2011 1:02 PM

    Well atleast he dragged it out until the championship window was shut completely on the Vikings.

  27. moezilla says: Mar 11, 2011 1:37 PM

    Dear 13xworldchamps,

    Let me get this straight, you said….

    “Lots of countries play football…………not just us, and the superbowl champion has always been considered the world champs…..Just so happened this year it was the GREEN BAY PACKERS…….”

    And yet, no NFL team plays against any of these pro teams from around the….WORLD???

    just sayin….

  28. shaggytoodle says: Mar 11, 2011 2:14 PM

    And yet, no NFL team plays against any of these pro teams from around the….WORLD???

    just sayin….
    __________________________________

    I am going to go out on a limb and say that the Packers would probably beat other countries team if they were challenged.

  29. randomjim says: Mar 12, 2011 1:22 AM

    dukemarc says:
    Mar 11, 2011 10:33 AM
    cameran0804 says: Mar 11, 2011 8:49 AM

    Cheater? he took something to LOSE weight you clowns!!!!

    ——————————

    It’s well documented that the diuretic in that supplement can be used to mask steroid use
    ====================================
    The correct term for him is assclown.
    All you idiots who really think it was used to mask steroids need to dust off your brains & flip the on switch. It was not marked on the container nor was it on the banned list.(even though the NFL knew it had a masking agent)
    Now you think the punishment for that should be relatively close to what Big Ben got?

    IF THIS WAS YOU & YOUR EMPLOYER TREATED YOU THIS WAY, HOW WOULD YOU REALLY RESPOND?????????????

  30. stellarperformance says: Mar 12, 2011 5:42 AM

    moezilla says: Mar 11, 2011 9:13 AM
    Is it still considered a world championship if we’re the only country that plays….pro….football?
    ——————————————————————-

    Yes….unless somebody from somewhere else comes to challenge the claim…..and wins. Hell, why limit it to the world? Until the Team Saucer arrives with the Red Planet Spacemen from Mars, the Packers are the Champions of the Solar System. Who’s gonna tell ‘em they’re not? GO PACK!

  31. brewdogg says: Mar 12, 2011 8:10 AM

    dukemarc says:
    Mar 11, 2011 10:33 AM
    cameran0804 says: Mar 11, 2011 8:49 AM

    Cheater? he took something to LOSE weight you clowns!!!!

    ——————————

    It’s well documented that the diuretic in that supplement can be used to mask steroid use.

    ——————————

    And, prior to this case, can you honestly tell me you had even heard of Starcaps, much less were aware that this banned diuretic was an unlisted substance in it? That’s the heart of the situation. The league was made aware of a situation, and instead of informing the players of it, they waited until someone failed their test so they can get in the news for suspending players for PED use.

    “(Judge Gary) Larson wrote that (NFL VP Adolpho) Birch knew NFL players were inadvertently ingesting bumetanide when they took StarCaps, but made a conscious decision not to tell players, the teams, the players’ union or federal regulators.

    “Birch knew full well that players would continue taking StarCaps and testing positive for bumetanide. … Birch was playing a game of ‘gotcha,”’ Larson wrote.”

    So he waited until he nailed some high-profile players to make a bigger media splash. Facts are facts, the league was irresponsible in their handling of this case, and the players had every right to be upset about it and challenge it, if for no other reason than to make the public aware of the game that the league was playing. The FDA didn’t call for Starcaps to be recalled for unlisted bumetanide until february 2009, but these players should have known better in december 2008? Please….

  32. brewdogg says: Mar 12, 2011 11:40 AM

    13xworldchamps says:
    Mar 11, 2011 11:46 AM
    moezilla says: Mar 11, 2011 9:13 AM

    Dear 13xworldchamps,

    Is it still considered a world championship if we’re the only country that plays….pro….football?

    …..just sayin
    ——————————————————

    Must be a Queens fan? If so, how would you know…….I think you guys have what…..ZERO……

    Lots of countries play football…………not just us, and the superbowl champion has always been considered the world champs…..Just so happened this year it was the GREEN BAY PACKERS…….

    —————————————

    I think the point is that the title “Super Bowl Champion” was good enough for former winners… But if you feel that you need a more grandiose title to beat your chest over, than by all means, continue.

  33. JimmySmith says: Mar 12, 2011 3:07 PM

    I wonder if the Minnesota Vikings upgraded the seat location of the sitting judge who handed the Vikings a victory for a couple of years, until common sense prevailed. Not a lot of that in Minnesota these days (common sense and victory)

  34. stellarperformance says: Mar 12, 2011 5:32 PM

    brewdogg says: Mar 12, 2011 8:10 AM
    ……prior to this case, can you honestly tell me you had even heard of Starcaps, much less were aware that this banned diuretic was an unlisted substance in it?
    —————————————————————–

    Are you saying you believe these guys actually were taking Starcaps because of the potential to lose weight…and the fact that before it became widely known it developed a grassroots reputation amongst the players as a good masking agent, had nothing to do with it?

    I have a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you…..

  35. brewdogg says: Mar 13, 2011 9:53 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Mar 12, 2011 5:32 PM
    brewdogg says: Mar 12, 2011 8:10 AM
    ……prior to this case, can you honestly tell me you had even heard of Starcaps, much less were aware that this banned diuretic was an unlisted substance in it?
    —————————————————————–

    Are you saying you believe these guys actually were taking Starcaps because of the potential to lose weight…and the fact that before it became widely known it developed a grassroots reputation amongst the players as a good masking agent, had nothing to do with it?

    I have a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you…..

    ———————————————–

    First, can you prove that they were taking it for that reason? Thus far, I haven’t heard of anyone that stepped forward with knowledge that they were taking Starcaps for the express purpose of masking steroids.

    Second, how are you aware of this “grassroots reputation”? Was the use of Starcaps as a masking agent popular with Packer’s players?

    The heart of the issue is that the NFL knew about the unlisted ingredient but chose not to divulge this information. Players should not have to conduct lab tests on OTC nutritional supplements. What the league did was wrong, and my stance on this issue would be the same if it were Packers players who were involved in it.

  36. goombar2 says: Mar 14, 2011 12:49 AM

    I’m just happy when justice prevails! Let this be a lesson to all the young’ins here – cheaters never win, they aren’t even allowed to play for the vikings either!

    Ha ha ha! Oh man! Kevin Williams is such a steroid freak it’s not even funny. Anybody who defends him has to be a viking fan because it takes a certain kinda loser to look up to that guy…

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