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StarCaps suspensions finally are finalized

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More than three years after Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams (pictured), Saints defensive end Will Smith, free-agent defensive tackle Pat Williams, and free-agent defensive end Charles Grant tested positive for a banned diuretic after taking an over-the-counter weight-loss supplement that had been spiked with it, the four players have been officially suspended.

Per Albert Breer of NFL Network, each player has been suspended two games and fined another two game checks.

It was believed that the discipline had been delayed by the unsettled negotiations regarding the league’s drug-testing policies, which have bogged down as to the issue of HGH testing.  The shortened suspensions comport with the Word Anti-Doping Agency’s standards regarding the use of diuretics.

It means that the Vikings won’t have Kevin Williams for Week One at San Diego or Week Two against Tampa.  And the Saints won’t have Smith for Thursday night’s season debut at Green Bay, or for the following weekend’s game home opener against the Bears.

Under the procedures used by the league in recent years, Pat Williams and Charles Grant can serve their suspensions while unsigned.

The suspensions were delayed due to litigation filed initially by all four players.  Eventually, Pat and Kevin Williams were able to fashion theories under Minnesota law that blocked the suspensions pending the resolution of their lawsuit.  The league opted not to impose the suspensions against Smith and Grant while the Williams case proceeded.

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18 Responses to “StarCaps suspensions finally are finalized”
  1. giorgiom3 says: Sep 2, 2011 5:15 PM

    Whenever I see the words StarCaps I die a little inside. This thing has been going on for years, hopefully it never gets brought up again.

  2. itsnotforme says: Sep 2, 2011 5:16 PM

    Pat Williams and Charles Grant have lost no money other then attorney fees for their suspension. Mean while Kevin Williams and Will Smith will pay out the rear. It would of been cheaper for them to get a DUI or two, and a couple bar fights over some dogs.

    Way too go NFL. Now you’re really making it fair.

  3. touchdownroddywhite says: Sep 2, 2011 5:19 PM

    What about Sean Paytons pill addiction and theft? Where’s his investigation and suspension?

  4. itsmammoth says: Sep 2, 2011 5:20 PM

    Ryan Mathews – Week 1 @ MIN.

  5. mdd913 says: Sep 2, 2011 5:23 PM

    About time they got this resolved one way or another.

    Luckly the Saints have some very good depth at DE even after cutting Alex Brown.

  6. co0p11 says: Sep 2, 2011 5:36 PM

    Someone hasn’t realized that the D line is still amazing with Willimas out. I have Mathews but will not start him week 1. Vikes run D looks nasty again.

  7. alreggie says: Sep 2, 2011 5:39 PM

    About time it’s done. KWill can rest his foot now.

  8. ikickgypsies says: Sep 2, 2011 5:39 PM

    Couldn’t have worked out much better for the Vikes, Phat Pat never missed a game and Kevin needed to let his feet heel a few weeks anyway.

  9. bozosforall says: Sep 2, 2011 5:42 PM

    Pat Williams and Charles Grant have lost no money other then attorney fees for their suspension. Mean while Kevin Williams and Will Smith will pay out the rear. It would of been cheaper for them to get a DUI or two, and a couple bar fights over some dogs.

    Way too go NFL. Now you’re really making it fair.

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    Pat Williams and Charles Grant have suffered far more than a month of not being paid, since the black cloud that has hung over their heads has likely prevented them from getting teams interested in them as players. Now that the waters are clear, they may very well be able to catch on with a team, meanwhile losing the same playing time (and probably game checks) as Kevin Williams and Will Smith.

    You, OTOH, should worry more about getting your money back for the failed “education” that you obtained, if you even got any. The proper spellings are “meanwhile” and “to” (not “mean while” and “too”).

  10. ikickgypsies says: Sep 2, 2011 5:44 PM

    “Whenever I see the words StarCaps I die a little inside.”

    Whenever Carl Gerbschmidt sees the word Vikings he dies a little inside. And his life’s mission, to strike back against them for some imagined slight, continues in perpetual futility.

  11. packerswambulance says: Sep 2, 2011 5:45 PM

    Have a look at the post and comments on the GBP’s signing of Josh Sitton, right now not one Viking fan acting like a troll. All Packer fans congratulating themselves.
    Look at the previous posts on this as well as the following Packer trolls shouting down from their mountain at their moral superiority and ringing the bell with their claim of Superbowl trophys won. Most are league championships won when the jerseys were made of wool, the helmets were leather, there were only 8 teams, and they all played hung over.
    yeah, I remember who won last years superbowl, but I’m not going to the Packer posts trolling, just an observation.

  12. quiettexan says: Sep 2, 2011 6:20 PM

    texans old deep snapper bryan pittman served his suspension for this stuff way back when.

    don’t know what point i’m making with that thought but there it is.

  13. kayotiicdat says: Sep 2, 2011 6:47 PM

    So these guys get suspended after how many years and Aqib Talib shoots at someone and walks away with nothing.. Goodell you sir are screwed in the head and you need to seek professional help.

  14. rugdog100 says: Sep 2, 2011 7:02 PM

    The last thingI’ll say on the subject is this. The NFL knew that StarCaps contained a banned substance, that was not on the product ingredients lable, and chose not to inform the players (even those players who called the NFL to ask if StarCaps had a banned ingredient or not). It’s probably the crappiest thing I’ve ever heard of and will forever make the NFL’s actions fall into question with me. If they really cared about NFL players, like they say they do, they would try to prevent an issue like this from arising. Instead, they play a childish game of “Gottcha”. A real classy operation you’ve got there Rog. NFL = National Federation of Lawyers.

  15. dkeyser says: Sep 2, 2011 8:19 PM

    bozosforall says:

    Pat Williams and Charles Grant have suffered far more than a month of not being paid, since the black cloud that has hung over their heads has likely prevented them from getting teams interested in them as players. Now that the waters are clear, they may very well be able to catch on with a team, meanwhile losing the same playing time (and probably game checks) as Kevin Williams and Will Smith.
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    The only thing that kept Grant from finding work was the fact that he got fat and lazy..Period end of story.. and Pat Williams has been pondering retirement for the last 2 years…

  16. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 2, 2011 11:23 PM

    packerswambulance says:Sep 2, 2011 5:45 PM

    Have a look at the post and comments on the GBP’s signing of Josh Sitton, right now not one Viking fan acting like a troll.

    ____

    Really? You might want to check again, I think you must have read the comments before pual harhgis, brewdogg, and ikissgypsies signed on. They’re a little late, I guess they had to stay to closeout the drive-thru windows…

  17. textexington says: Sep 2, 2011 11:38 PM

    Packers > Vikings.

  18. fground says: Sep 3, 2011 4:49 PM

    How the hell can you suspend a player for 2 games but dock him 4 games of pay? There’s no way the players should play the other 2 games if they aren’t getting paid.

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