D.J. Williams suspension upheld by appeals court

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It’s official.

Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams will miss the first six games of the season for violating the league’s policy regarding anabolic steroids and related substances.  The NFL had determined that Williams provided a non-human urine specimen for drug testing.

Williams’ legal challenge failed at the first level of the federal court system, and a three-judge appellate panel has upheld the ruling.

“[A] court’s role in these types of arbitration cases is simply to determine whether the arbitrator strayed from the collective-bargaining agreement,” the appeals court explained, via John Ingold of the Denver Post.

Williams pursued the same kind of strategy that the players suspended as part of the bounty investigation are implementing.  Specifically, Williams challenged the fairness of the league’s in-house arbitration process.  (By the way, Williams is represented by the same lawyer who represents Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma.)

And while the outcome of the Williams case vindicates the league, keep in mind that the NFL agreed to reduce former Broncos defensive lineman Ryan McBean’s similar suspension from six games to three in exchange for the dismissal of McBean’s lawsuit.

Thus, while some would regard a voluntary reduction of the bounty suspensions are unprecedented, there’s precedent, baby.

20 responses to “D.J. Williams suspension upheld by appeals court

  1. h3min1230 says: Aug 28, 2012 11:08 AM

    Williams won’t let Goodell eat at his restaurant, Goodell won’t let Williams play in his league. Lol

    It’s not his league. Fidel Goodell makes you think that but it’s not.

  2. A former Hurricane getting busted for drugs is about as surprising as Tim Tebow calling a press conference to talk about how he doesn’t like being the center of attention.

  3. ““[A] court’s role in these types of arbitration cases is simply to determine whether the arbitrator strayed from the collective-bargaining agreement,” the appeals court explained, via John Ingold of the Denver Post.

    Williams pursued the same kind of strategy that the players suspended as part of the bounty investigation are implementing. Specifically, Williams challenged the fairness of the league’s in-house arbitration process. (By the way, Williams is represented by the same lawyer who represents Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma.)————————————————————–
    This is exactly why saints* fans shouldn’t hang their hats on local “judge judy’s” desire to “find a way to rule in favor of Vilma”. Judge Judy and Vilma’s lawyer “Gouge ’em Ginsburg” know what the Federal Appeals Court is going to do….defer to the CBA. Too bad Vilma isn’t smart enough to see the handwriting on the wall as he wouldn’t “give” all his money to Ginsburg. Judge Judy’s own admission that she wants to rule in favor of Vilma…..but needs to find a “reason” but as of yet can’t, should tell you all you need to know about where bountygate is heading. Even the NFL looks at it as nothing more than a “speedbump” and thus they don’t bother themselves with “offering more evidence” or wasting their time with a vigorous defense in front of judy judy. I’m sure the NFL would prefer judge judy rule in favor of Vilma now, in the interest of saving time and money becuz they know how the Appeals Court will rule.

  4. I think this is priceless. He thought he could submit unhuman urine for a drug test. He get caughts and then tries to claim that it is unfair.

    I am glad some common sense came into play here.

    It means that they are showing the player that it is unfair that he is trying to avoid drug screening.

  5. This case is very different from the Saints’ bounty charges. Williams got caught cheating. Period. There is no credible way for Williams to dispute the actual findings. He provided the evidence.

    There is a dispute about the facts in the New Orleans case. Of course it would have helped if the players had actually presented a defense. Poor lawyering.

  6. This case is virtually the same as the bounty suspensions. The league suspended a player for breaking the rules. The player denies he broke the rules. Player appeals to the league arbitrator. Player loses. Player petitions the judicial system to overturn his suspension.

    The Williams trial and courts both correctly focused on simply whether the CBA was followed when the suspension was handed down and then when the arbitrator upheld the suspension. No inquiry by the courts as to whether there was sufficient evidence to justify the suspension in the first place.

    Identical issues. Wouldn’t seem to bode well at all for the bounty players.

  7. Thanks for not taking the 3 game suspension offer and actually being available to play on our biggest game of the year in week 5 against the Pats!

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    DJ Williams wouldn’t have made a difference in the trouncing that the Broncos will receive from Brady and company… And that will be far from their most important game of the year… their most important game of the year will be whether they win 2 games or 3 games and pick first in the draft or second again…..

  8. The uneducated fools who believe everything they read need to take their head out of their a$$es and realize DJ Williams wasn’t eligible for a 3 game reduction to his suspension because he is a repeat offender. It was going to be 6 games either way. It’ll probably be 10 games when it’s all said and done since he was found guilty of DWI in the last few weeks. But Broncos will keep him because he’s one of the more talented LBs in the game.

  9. Good for DJ to fight it and not take a reduced sentence(shakedown) to help the league from possibly embarrassing itself. Fight for what you believe in, even when the cards are stacked against you! Hope Vilma wins!!!

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