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D.J. Williams issues statement in response to suspension

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Within the past hour, multiple reports surfaced that multiple Broncos will be suspended to start the 2012 season.

One of those Broncos — linebacker D.J. Williams — has issued a statement regarding his six-game suspension.

“I understand from media reports today that the NFL has announced a suspension based on a specimen that the NFL acknowledges did not contain steroids or any illegal substance,” Williams says in a statement forwarded to PFT by his lawyer, Peter Ginsber.  “Instead, the NFL contends that I provided a non-human specimen.  I have never failed a test of any kind – for steroids or illegal substances – during my eight-year pro career.  I am proud of my record and proud of the way in which I conduct myself as a professional athlete and citizen.  We proved — conclusively — at the NFL hearing on this matter that the NFL and its specimen collector wholly failed in their duties to safeguard and process my specimen properly.  In fact, the specimen collector was fired by the NFL after compromising my specimen as well as others’.  The hearing officer, an NFL executive, ignored the NFL’s own Policy, engaged in inappropriate communications with top NFL officials about this matter without my knowledge or approval, corrupted the system, ignored that my specimen had been compromised, and now has subjected me to humiliation as well as suspension.  We will be vigorously pursuing my rights in the judicial system.  My suspension is unjust; the NFL has undermined and corrupted its own steroid policy.”

Vic Lombardi of CBS4 in Denver has reported that Williams and defensive end Ryan McBean will file suit in federal court.  Which means it’ll be time to go back and get reacquainted with the legal principles that ultimately didn’t help a variety of players avoid suspension for taking a supplement that had been tainted with a banned diuretic.

The so-called Starcaps case arose from a claim that the NFL knew that the supplement had been spiked with the banned substance, but that the league failed to advise the NFLPA.  This case will turn on Ryan Braun-style claims that the person responsible for collecting the urine mishandled the sample.

Meanwhile, I’ll likely be spending the rest of the night trying to determine whether a “non-human specimen” is the Italian equivalent of E.T.

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42 Responses to “D.J. Williams issues statement in response to suspension”
  1. tfbuckfutter says: Mar 9, 2012 6:30 PM

    That’s what you get for stealing Tim Tebow’s urine for your sample.

    Everyone knows the guy pisses excellence. They can detect that now.

  2. seven2k says: Mar 9, 2012 6:30 PM

    Wow… going with the Ryan Braun angle.

  3. nflfollower says: Mar 9, 2012 6:30 PM

    Well one thing is crystal clear regarding this situation—-DJ Williams didn’t write that statement.

  4. Awol.West says: Mar 9, 2012 6:31 PM

    First Ryan Braun, now D.J. Williams and Ryan McBean. Some underlying issues could be brewing…

  5. lombardihero says: Mar 9, 2012 6:32 PM

    jeez the guy was fired for peeing in these players cups.

  6. anrgydeafman says: Mar 9, 2012 6:35 PM

    “Instead, the NFL contends that I provided a non-human specimen.”

    I am looking at you, Tebow…whatever did you put in your holy water that made your teammates fail their test?

  7. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 9, 2012 6:37 PM

    Aaron Rodgers is 100% behind these players.

  8. 808raiderinparadise says: Mar 9, 2012 6:38 PM

    non-humn specimen? Bronco piss doesn’t pass?

  9. lombardihero says: Mar 9, 2012 6:41 PM

    You notice all the Denver fans are giving thumbs down:) We are just kidding Denver…..

  10. conormacleod says: Mar 9, 2012 6:42 PM

    On behalf of every single person that doesn’t live in Denver, I say; “don’t care”.

  11. njbucsfan says: Mar 9, 2012 6:44 PM

    Non-human specimen. What is horse piss?

  12. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 9, 2012 6:47 PM

    What exactly is non-human specimen?
    In his effort to get clean pee from his boy. His boy gave him pee from his dog?!
    (wouldn’t surprise me. Somebody’s pee turned out to be from a pregnant woman, so…)

  13. eslaught says: Mar 9, 2012 6:51 PM

    didnt williams get a DUI? he is such an upstanding citizen. I will take him at his word. how does one tamper a piss sample to make it non human? did they bombard it with gamma rays? did the incredible hulk piss in the cup for dj williams?

  14. benh999 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:55 PM

    Funny how in professional sports PED testing there seems to be such a high error rate. Either the NFL sources the work to a lab with nearly no quality controls, or these guys are making excuses.

  15. dadawg77 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:56 PM

    Wait, the collector was fired and the process was found to not have been followed by the hearing officer and the players were still suspended. Wow, NFLPA should fire D Smith and hire Fehr away from the NHLPA as they definitely need a better union with nine years to build it.

  16. 3yardsndust says: Mar 9, 2012 7:01 PM

    Wish I were rich enough to sue the people who screw me over. I bet it’s deeply satisfying.

  17. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 9, 2012 7:03 PM

    “non human specimen”?

    I think he got his sample mixed up with Perrish Cox’.

  18. lombardihero says: Mar 9, 2012 7:03 PM

    It turns out the pee collected was from Bill Romanowski from the 2001 Denver Team the handler by accident grabbed old specimens out of a lunch box that belonged to Romanowski.

    What exactly is non-human specimen? My guess that would be Bill Romanowski….

  19. Nevis says: Mar 9, 2012 7:04 PM

    Whatever you say Cushing…er, I mean, Merriman….er, I mean…

  20. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 9, 2012 7:04 PM

    St. Timothy in The Leper Colony. Take Tebow off that team and you have nothing but wall to wall Turds.

  21. thesoupman says: Mar 9, 2012 7:06 PM

    This would’ve made a great episode of Playmakers.

  22. dirtydavid4 says: Mar 9, 2012 7:12 PM

    Every athlete will cry foul from now on after the debacle of Brian Braun getting away with cheating due to an incompetent specimen collector not following protocols. If these athletes gave specimens that were none human regular suspensions should not go into play with these guys they should be banned for a full year and fined sick of hearing about all the cheaters crying foul.

  23. carlsbadboltfan says: Mar 9, 2012 7:13 PM

    njbucsfan says: Mar 9, 2012 6:44 PM

    Non-human specimen. What is horse piss?
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    Donkey, perhaps?

  24. jenniferxxx says: Mar 9, 2012 7:13 PM

    That sound you hear in the background … is the plane Peyton Manning just left on.

    No way he’s walking into this mess. You should have known ‘the big guy’ wouldn’t let Tebow lose his job.

    Wave bye bye to Peyton Broncos fans.

  25. snarf1888 says: Mar 9, 2012 7:17 PM

    i love watching the nfl but lets not kid ourselves these guys are juiced out of thier skulls on PEDs, why the hell else would the NFLPA be fighting tooth and nail to avoid the introduction of olympic style tests for HGH and other illegal substances. the statement released by williams is the same as the garbage we hear from most athletes who get caught juicing

  26. gb4mn0 says: Mar 9, 2012 7:19 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    Mar 9, 2012 6:37 PM
    Aaron Rodgers is 100% behind these players

    ———————————————–

    I’m not surprised that a loser fan from the roid cheating vikequeef Empty Trophy Case Gang wouldn’t be bothered by his hypocrisy and make this comment.

  27. denverdave3 says: Mar 9, 2012 7:20 PM

    I am intrigued by the parade of mindless wags who have to inject Tebow into every article. Let me make something clear. Regardless of Tebow’s abilities or lack thereof, you are not even remotely funny. Give it a rest.

  28. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 9, 2012 7:31 PM

    NFL hastened to add that in describing the samples as “non human” they never used the words “monkey”, “ape”, “simian”, or “lower primate”.

  29. PriorKnowledge says: Mar 9, 2012 7:40 PM

    non human specimen?? Of course… He hid a tiny chihuahua in his pants that he had trained to pee on command.

  30. lombardihero says: Mar 9, 2012 7:45 PM

    Seems strange the release of this Information comes when Manning just made a visit.

    Guess Miami was serious about doing whatever it takes to land Manning.

    Miami Dolphins Tampered with the Pee………LOL:)

  31. bucnbutfan says: Mar 9, 2012 7:54 PM

    So, he had to get different pee than his own, and his fellow Bronco’s have the same issue, what to do???

    Will this mystery Piss be identified? It is a desperate man that chases animals around for their Pee. Just saying…

  32. txxxchief says: Mar 9, 2012 7:56 PM

    There seem to be some amazing biological miracles going on in Denver. The National Academy of Science better get in there and find out what’s happening!

  33. ChrisCicc says: Mar 9, 2012 8:03 PM

    I’m amazed that no one has mentioned yet that a non-human sample can be generated by drinking too much water and diluting the urine.

  34. 69finfan says: Mar 9, 2012 8:07 PM

    Imagine having that title on your resume. NFL Specimen Collector. Priceless. Oh well, everybody has got to be something.

  35. detroitcityryda says: Mar 9, 2012 8:14 PM

    They accidentally took tebows specimen and we all know hes not a human

  36. lilevil74 says: Mar 9, 2012 8:15 PM

    A lot of times people will substitute their urine with somethong like Urine Luck or Quick fix. They are synthetic urine samples sold at most head shops. They are also the same kind of samples Labs use to calibrate their testing machines. The more expensive tests are now able to see the synthetic urine in their tests but I believe the only way they can is if they are Looking for DNA.

  37. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 9, 2012 8:38 PM

    “Hey, D.J., is that a Whizzinator in your pants, or are you just happy to see us?”.

  38. thcnote says: Mar 9, 2012 9:12 PM

    So he used someone else’s piss so he wouldn’t get hit for weed. Not so bad in my book but next time don’t use your dogs piss. Moron

  39. txxxchief says: Mar 9, 2012 11:10 PM

    The NFL knew it wasn’t human because the sample tested positive for Milk-Bone.

  40. CKL says: Mar 10, 2012 12:47 AM

    thesoupman says:
    Mar 9, 2012 7:06 PM
    This would’ve made a great episode of Playmakers.
    –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    Man I loved that show. Just re-watched the whose series again recently on DVD. Stupid NFL and stupid ESPN.

  41. akismet-b10add2fb457fef24ddc6cd2cbc3c80c says: Mar 10, 2012 8:37 AM

    Non-denial denial.

  42. Ick McWang says: Mar 10, 2012 2:08 PM

    A non-human sample would be synthetic urine, made famous by the Whizzinator, and although that object may not be available, synthetic urine is available. And any top lab test can tell the difference between human and synthetic, but most employment-type, dip a strip in a cup tests cannot.

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