NFL declares victory in StarCaps case

With the NFL draft starting today and team facilities opening tomorrow, there’s another piece of important NFL news that might get lost in the shuffle: The league is declaring victory in the case of the players who sued after they were suspended for taking a banned substance in the over-the-counter substance StarCaps.

“The Minnesota Supreme Court has just issued this morning an order denying a review of the appeals court decision that went in favor of the league,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said today on PFT Live. “The result is the case is over and we, the NFL, prevailed in the case. So there is a court in Minnesota that rules in our favor from time to time.”

Presumably, that means Pat Williams, Kevin Williams and Will Smith will all be suspended for the first four games of the 2011 NFL season.

The case arose from several players testing positive in 2008 for bumetanide, a banned diuretic that had been added to the weight-loss supplement StarCaps — but that wasn’t a listed ingredient. The players argued that it wasn’t fair for the NFL to suspend them when they didn’t know they were taking the substance, but now the courts have said the NFL was right.

Here’s Aiello speaking about the matter on PFT Live:

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37 responses to “NFL declares victory in StarCaps case

  1. Victory? Don’t worry the union won’t agree to HGH testing for some reason and they will be back in. It amazes me why NFL players won’t agree to drug testing…Unless most of them are on drugs.

  2. Isn’t this a little bit like Saddam declaring victory for securing his “Rat Hole” for 3 months?

  3. “The result is the case is over and we, the NFL, prevailed in the case. So there is a court in Minnesota that rules in our favor from time to time.”

    Sour grapes?

  4. just got a lot easier to run against the vikes in games 1-4 (if there even are games 1-4 to be played this year)….’BOUT TIME by the way!!!!

  5. It’s only a victory if the NFL can suspend the players. To do that, they need to have a season from which to suspend them. Otherwise, the Williamses and Smith are suspended like every other player. Amirite?

  6. After getting their butts kicked the past few months this has to feel odd to them….maybe it’s an omen of things to come….NFLPA beware!!!!!

  7. Aiello is a dummy. No wonder the owners are getting their a-zes kicked in this battle.

    Even when they win an otherwise meaningless case in the grand scheme of things, this dummy has to needle every judge on the Minnesota bench with his moronic “so there is a court in Minn that rules in our favor from time to time” comment.

    He couldn’t leave well enough alone.

    Judges…no matter if they are liberal or conservative, pro-union or pro-business, will stick up for their own. If a litigant disrespects one of them, they see it as an assault on all of them. Comments like this stick in their craws. Don’t be surprised if the 8th Cir. rules in the players favor.

  8. “The result is the case is over and we, the NFL, prevailed in the case. So there is a court in Minnesota that rules in our favor from time to time.”
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    Nice little blast on the court system there by the NFL. Not sure I’d be poking the proverbial horse in the a** right now though considering the size of the kick that may be on the way….

  9. Hey Greg (no not you Gregg),

    It looks like when you are in the right you can win a case in court. That should tell you something about the current lockout case. I will give you several minutes to see if you can figure out what that is…

    …time is up. Drop the stupid laywers and the lockout case and get back to bargaining. You have already F’d up the league enough.

  10. Seems a little unfair. The banned ingredient wasn’t even listed. Obviously the players might want to consider suing the manufacturer. I don’t understand why this couldn’t have been worked out between the parties. It’s unfortunate, but I don’t understand the NFL crowing about it.

  11. I have a question. When the hell did Minnesota become the center of the football universe, with every case about the NFL taking place in that state’s supreme court. That might work for hockey but not football.

  12. What a crock! These guys get suspended for doing a drug that masks another drug, but they didn’t take the other drug? So nothing harmful was taken and yet their reputation is now damaged and the NFL is now a “winner”.

    I’m confused, lets go have a drank and talk about it! The NFL is okay with that because its prescribed.

  13. arrogantathlete says:
    Victory? Don’t worry the union won’t agree to HGH testing

    Dude, there is no union.

    Time to stop blaming that boogeyman on all of the world’s problems.

  14. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said today on PFT Live. “The result is the case is over and we, the NFL, prevailed in the case. So there is a court in Minnesota that rules in our favor from time to time.”

    Wow, and this guy is the spokesman for the NFL? I hope he does realize he’s in contempt when he said this and that the judge won’t find the humor. Just stupid… Wow.

  15. Vikings will still be tough to run on.Letroy Guion played well last season and will step up. Rather the first 4 games when teams are trying to learn to play as a well tuned unit than later.

  16. Hahaha can we list this as FAIL#1 for the Vi-Queens in the 2011-2012 season. It’s gonna be hard to match the amount of failure of last season, with all the sexting and collapsing buildings, but looking at their depth chart at the QB position they have all the potential in the world to match/top 2010. Good Luck Guys!

  17. crycal says: Apr 28, 2011 1:28 PM

    I have a question. When the hell did Minnesota become the center of the football universe, with every case about the NFL taking place in that state’s supreme court.
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    We are the brain of the nation. The NFL would never subject themselves to East or West Coast idiocy.

  18. Great, meanwhile, it’s been years since this would’ve been relevant. I think all involved already are retired, or will most likely consider retirement.

    Kevin Williams may play a couple years more, so he’ll probably be the only one to serve.

    Thanks a lot, Minnesota judge, for putting your love of your precious Queens before your objectivity.

    Note: I want the Vikings to stay in Minnesota. Not that I like their team, city or fans. In fact, just the opposite. Still, I respect them as our opponents.

  19. Ain’t this a crazy, mixed up world. The NFL wins the cases it should lose and loses the cases it should win.

    Not like this is any surprise. I gave up on the world making sense YEARS ago…

  20. Well, that took a while. Just like the current labor situation – a couple of years from now it’ll all be crystal clear.

  21. If you are retiring like say Pat Williams or whoever this ruling doesnt meant a thing but of course the lawyers are winners, i am wondering how many billable hrs they got. Sometimes its best to take the penalty if you weigh the cost-benefit analysis.

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