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League not talking about StarCaps suspensions, yet

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While preparing (and, yes, I prepare . . . sometimes) for Tuesday’s PFT Live interview of Vikings V.P. of player personnel Rick Spielman, I remembered the long-forgotten (especially during the lockout) StarCaps situation.

Three years ago, a rash of players tested positive for a prescription diuretic that has been spiked into an over-the-counter supplement known as StarCaps.  A lengthy legal challenge ensued, featuring among other things allegations (and evidence) that the NFL knew StarCaps contained banned substances, but that the NFL failed to share that information with the NFLPA or the players generally.

The suit filed under Minnesota law by Vikings defensive tackle Kevin and Pat Williams gained the most traction.  Earlier this year, however, the Minnesota Supreme Court declined to take up the case, clearing the way for the NFL to impose four-game suspensions on the Williamses.

The NFL previously had obtained legal clearance to suspend Saints defensive end Will Smith, but the league opted not to enforce the suspension while the Vikings’ case was pending.

So now that the legal situation has been resolved, the NFL will be imposing the suspensions, right?

Maybe not.

NFL spokesman Michael Signora told PFT via e-mail on Tuesday that the league has “nothing to report” on the situation, and Spielman hinted that perhaps the suspensions aren’t as much of a certainty as they would seem to be.

Kevin Williams remains on the Vikings roster, and Smith still plays for the Saints.  Pat Williams is unsigned.

Regardless of what happens to those three players, Saints defensive end Charles Grant and Saints running back Deuce McAllister were able to essentially avoid the suspensions completely, because their NFL careers have ended before the situation was finalized.  (Defensive tackle Grady Jackson had a pending appeal with the league office at the time the legal challenges arose for the other players; Jackson is also now out of the league.)

Still, there’s a chance (and we’re speculating here) that the recently-concluded CBA negotiations wiped the slate clean for Kevin Williams, Will Smith, and Pat Williams.

Either way, we’ll know more by Week One.

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18 Responses to “League not talking about StarCaps suspensions, yet”
  1. RussianBreadMaker says: Aug 10, 2011 9:13 AM

    If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying.

  2. FinFan68 says: Aug 10, 2011 9:16 AM

    The players were wrong to take the stuff but the league should have made proper notifications. There were some other issues in the Williams case but the league should bite the bullett and move on.

  3. lennydpocketqb says: Aug 10, 2011 9:23 AM

    More importantly, anyone named Will Smith needs to change their name or be able to recite any line from the movie Independence Day when asked.

  4. vikingbill1 says: Aug 10, 2011 9:24 AM

    “A lengthy legal challenge ensued, featuring among other things allegations (and evidence)

    that the NFL knew StarCaps contained banned substances

    , but that the NFL failed to share that information with the NFLPA or the players generally.”

    Enough said right here. NFL is at fault, move on

  5. robf2010 says: Aug 10, 2011 9:26 AM

    Players are responsible for what they take but the Saints players asked the league if Starcaps were OK. The banned substance was NOT listed on the label. Deuce even had it tested for banned substances independently.

  6. xxwhodatxx says: Aug 10, 2011 9:30 AM

    If it’s not illegal why even have it on the banned list, it’s a pretty ridiculous thing to suspend for

  7. thephantomstranger says: Aug 10, 2011 9:35 AM

    Why don’t we just forget the whole thing and move on? Nobody really did anything wrong (or both sides were at fault, whichever way you want to look at it) and nobody got hurt.

  8. rugdog100 says: Aug 10, 2011 9:44 AM

    RussianBreadMaker — If you’re not cheating… you’re not cheating.

  9. greenbaypeckers says: Aug 10, 2011 10:12 AM

    Jees, Jersey Shore, Tim Tebow and the recession will come and go before this shiite is dealt with…..I had forgotten all about it.

  10. carlieatschmidt says: Aug 10, 2011 10:12 AM

    they should definitely move on and let bygones be bygones.

  11. mrbigass says: Aug 10, 2011 10:14 AM

    Speaking of suspensions, why no article on whether the PCP will be enforced during the lockout? Is it or ain’t it?

  12. mdd913 says: Aug 10, 2011 10:46 AM

    More importantly, anyone named Will Smith needs to change their name or be able to recite any line from the movie Independence Day when asked.

    —————————————————-

    PEACE!!!!!

  13. bozosforall says: Aug 10, 2011 11:06 AM

    vikingbill1 says:
    Aug 10, 2011 9:24 AM
    “A lengthy legal challenge ensued, featuring among other things allegations (and evidence)

    that the NFL knew StarCaps contained banned substances

    , but that the NFL failed to share that information with the NFLPA or the players generally.”

    Enough said right here. NFL is at fault, move on

    __
    Good point. The NFL needs to show some goodwill and back down on this.

  14. axespray says: Aug 10, 2011 12:38 PM

    They need to start Testing Adrian Peterson for some HGH tbh….

    I mean seriously, that lil’ guy is still racking up those yards and tds…..just sayin’

  15. thephantomstranger says: Aug 10, 2011 2:21 PM

    carlieatschmidt says:
    Aug 10, 2011 10:12 AM
    they should definitely move on and let bygones be bygones.
    ___________

    Forgot which username you were logged on under?

  16. carlgerbschmidt says: Aug 10, 2011 2:26 PM

    thephantomstranger says:
    Aug 10, 2011 9:35 AM

    nobody got hurt

    ________

    Really, well except for the INTEGRITY of the game. If you can’t afford to get caught, don’t cheat. And, I’m sure you’ll get off to a great start with with the willaims wall on suspension for the first four games. Oh, and who’s playing LT by the way? I your new guy is hurt! Ha ha ha. Your team is terrible.

  17. theytukrjobs says: Aug 10, 2011 5:20 PM

    People have to realize there was no cheating going on. Players had as much reason to think the Starcaps were okay as any other over the counter product that doesn’t list any banned substances. They simply were the victims of bad luck. Hell Deuce had the stuff tested independently (by apparently a crappy lab) and they came back fine.

    The way the rule was, they technically broke it. But you have to remember that the rule was against MN state law and required feds to overturn it. Plus the NFL knew about the Starcaps issue after it allegedly let multiple players off scott free for the same banned substance from the same source, and said nothing about it.

    The whole deal was a joke. League should have recognized the special circumstances and let it slide that one time. Not like they were roids or high level diueretics.

  18. paulharghis says: Aug 10, 2011 10:59 PM

    thephantomstranger says:
    Aug 10, 2011 9:35 AM

    nobody got hurt

    ________

    Really, well except for the INTEGRITY of the game. If you can’t afford to get caught, don’t cheat. And, I’m sure you’ll get off to a great start with with the willaims wall on suspension for the first four games. Oh, and who’s playing LT by the way? I your new guy is hurt! Ha ha ha. Your team is terrible.

    ===========================
    Are you that freaking dumb? It’s a rhetorical question.
    Pat Williams isn’t on the roster.
    kevin Williams- did you even read the article?
    LT

    New guy is hurt? Not anywhere I’ve seen.

    You are the absolute worst excuse for a poster on this site. The inane crap you spew is ridiculous.

    Why do you even ponder posting?

    Now, go wipe off your chin. I read somewhere today you enjoy guys with lots of “spunk”

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