It’s become a cliche by now: Pro athlete fails a steroid test, and he blames the supplement company.
In the case of Rams linebacker David Vobora, he was telling the truth.
Vobora won a $5.4 million judgment against a supplement provider on Monday in a St. Louis court. U.S. District Judge Rodney Sippel gave the amount for Vobora’s missed four game checks and endorsement opportunities as “Mr. Irrelevant.”
“The court heard testimony that the positive drug test and resulting suspension made Mr. Vobora less marketable than other similarly situated players who have not been suspended,” Sippel wrote, via CourtHouseNews.com.
The supplement company — S.W.A.T.S — was found to have sold a product that contained a banned substance methyl testosterone. The NFL told Hue Jackson to stop associating with the company in January. Players like Ray Lewis and safety Roy Williams have a relationship with the company.
Vobora followed NFL protocol before taking the substance, including calling the league’s drug hotline.
“This monumental judgment cleared my family’s name. We stuck together through threats, ridicule, and unfair stigma,” Vobora said in a statement sent to PFT by the Spence Law Firm. “Finally vindicated, I’m relieved that I can refocus on football and help the St. Louis Rams get back to the playoffs when the lockout ends. I’m grateful the Rams organization believed in my character through this trying process.”
Vobora has started 16 games in three seasons, including five last year. We congratulate him on winning a deserved judgment, and in becoming the first player in memory to prove it actually was the supplement company’s fault.