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NFL won’t re-visit Vobora’s status following verdict

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Rams linebacker David Vobora’s $5.4 million legal victory against a supplement maker on Monday was massive for Vobora financially, but it won’t change his status as a banned substance policy offender in the eyes of the NFL.

We asked the league Monday if the court verdict could alter Vobora’s status and got the following response:

“We have not reviewed the decision but we support the player’s effort and hope that judgments like this will help to curb the activities of supplement manufacturers who would seek to mislead consumers,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. “But our policy is clear and places strict liability on the player. Players are responsible for what is in their bodies.

“We caution players that supplements are not regulated and what’s on the label may not be accurate. We also have maintained a supplement certification program to ensure players have access to supplements that have been certified by not having banned substances. Players are accountable for any banned substances that may have been taken by mistake.”

The answer is fair and what we expected. Even though Vobora called the NFL banned substance hotline for questions before taking the substance, the policy does not provide wiggle room for supplement company fraud.

The court system is different, which is why Vobora got compensated for being misled regarding the contents of the “Ultimate Spray” manufactured by S.W.A.T.S.

Left unanswered by the league: A question we had regarding Bengals safety Roy Williams telling Yahoo! Sports he took the same substance as Vobora “2-3 times a day.”

How was Williams able to pass his drug tests?  No one seems to care, even though S.W.A.T.S was a popular company in league circles. Ray Lewis also reportedly had an extensive relationship with the company and used the same product. Raiders coach Hue Jackson endorsed the company.

Williams’ comments serve to undermine the efficacy of a drug program that has accomplished plenty, but needs to evolve.

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7 Responses to “NFL won’t re-visit Vobora’s status following verdict”
  1. tremoluxman says: Jun 20, 2011 2:16 PM

    The NFL is like the cops. They will never admit they were wrong in any or all circumstances.

  2. myeaglescantwin says: Jun 20, 2011 2:19 PM

    The nfl must stand strong on this ruling.

    the “i didnt know” BS would come flying in if not.

    all juicers should be banned permanitely.

  3. dawkinseffect says: Jun 20, 2011 2:34 PM

    So the average NFL fan who just watches games will still think he is a steroid user and cheater, even with his court win since the NFL won’t back down.

    They are found to be wrong, time for the NFL to man up and revoke the suspension.

  4. bishopslappytruelove says: Jun 20, 2011 3:09 PM

    Every NFL player knows from the beginning that they are responsible for what they put in their bodies. Period.

  5. hobartbaker says: Jun 20, 2011 3:41 PM

    Like Brian Cushing, Voboda had the misfortune of being of the Caucasian persuasion.

  6. metalhead65 says: Jun 20, 2011 6:17 PM

    the player is responsible for what he puts in his body but if he checks with the league and they tell him it is not on the list it is still his fault?in this case he takes the company to court and wins because they did not list it and it is still his fault?just ban supplements altogether then if you are not going to be reasonable about it.

  7. canjura says: Jun 21, 2011 5:01 AM

    I am a Rams fan but I completely agree with the league. The league has a list of products that are found to be completely acceptable and if players choose to go off the list, they do so at their own risk. It was unfortunate, but he still had the option to FOLLOW the list or not follow the list. If it was something that was on the “clean” list though, then I’d have a problem with it.

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