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D.J. Williams files appeal of his suspension with U.S. Supreme Court

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Lawyer Peter Ginsberg has been a busy man.

One day after he accompanied temporarily unsuspended Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma for a meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Ginsberg filed on behalf of suspended Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court of the failed lawsuit challenging the suspension.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Williams is challenging the decision of a federal appeals court that his six-game suspension resulted from a fair and appropriate application of the league’s internal arbitration procedures.

Victory won’t keep Williams from being suspended; he’s already served two of six games for producing a non-human urine sample for steroids testing.  But if Williams wins, he’ll get his six game checks (i.e., $1.76 million), along with a measure of public vindication.

It won’t be easy.  The U.S. Supreme Court accepts only a small fraction of the appeals it receives.  Typically, the Supreme Court gets involved only if there’s a discrepancy among the various federal appeals courts, or when the violation of law is particularly egregious.

Maybe, eventually, the conflict among the federal appeals court will come from Vilma’s attack in Louisiana on the same internal arbitration procedures that D.J. Williams is challenging.

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17 Responses to “D.J. Williams files appeal of his suspension with U.S. Supreme Court”
  1. musketeerx says: Sep 18, 2012 6:57 PM

    Can’t these people just accept a punishment? don’t they have any morale? They should be embarrased cos it was already admitted by several what happened.

    oh how naive I am! It’s just all about the money!

  2. njsteelersfan says: Sep 18, 2012 7:16 PM

    If a player files an appeal in court and loses then the league should double their time or ban them plain and simple!!! This is getting out of hand with these players . Like the courts have nothing better to do then to hear these morons cry

  3. doe22us says: Sep 18, 2012 7:18 PM

    This case is not germane, lets move on.

  4. samapoc says: Sep 18, 2012 7:21 PM

    Well, that was a waste of money.

  5. waitingguilty says: Sep 18, 2012 7:32 PM

    He only got 6 games? Wow…he should count his blessings and move on…he’s been in trouble so many times I swear he was due for a year.

  6. brenenostler says: Sep 18, 2012 7:35 PM

    So it was proven that he provided a non-human sample. How does this guy think he has a case?

  7. tangotwo22 says: Sep 18, 2012 7:38 PM

    This is so funny…personally I thought the NFLPA was too quick to give the commissioner broad powers but they did. Now from what I see, Williams is not diputing the fact he used animal urine (LOL) but that the comish didn’t have the authority to suspend without some due process. This is funny and probably is a direct result of Ginsberg convincing these guys they have a case. So what will happen…1. he loses not only because he’s an idiot but because the CBA gave the commish these powers. 2. In the next go around the nfl will get tougher on the players association because their constituents are costing the league enomous legal fees. All because we have a few idiots who should just accep their punishment.

  8. turkish124 says: Sep 18, 2012 7:49 PM

    I don’t care who you are or how much money you have, if you are dumb enough to think that your dogs urine can pass for your own you deserve the punishment.

  9. baldguy421 says: Sep 18, 2012 9:00 PM

    It wasn’t ‘animal urine’, it was synthetic urine used to pass drug tests. anyone can order it online. If you’ve ever been on probation and you like your herb, you may have used it, like I did.

  10. mojosmagic says: Sep 18, 2012 9:02 PM

    Zero chance the Supreme Court gets involved in a labor case like this.

  11. mjkelly77 says: Sep 18, 2012 9:27 PM

    Hey Williams, good luck with getting the Supreme Court to rule on your crybaby complaint. Your attorney is just ringing the register on your dumb a$$. Get ready for another whopper of an invoice. Cha ching!

  12. phillyphannn83 says: Sep 18, 2012 9:58 PM

    He has no right to cost taxpayers money to challenge the ruling of a private company. The NFL is not a publicly traded company therefore, thy can do what they want. The Supreme Court should not accept this case.

  13. sactogary says: Sep 18, 2012 10:10 PM

    You can’t blame a guy for doing everything possible to further his career. Especially a lawyer.

  14. granadafan says: Sep 18, 2012 11:19 PM

    “Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Williams is challenging the decision of a federal appeals court that his six-game suspension resulted from a fair and appropriate application of the league’s internal arbitration procedures.”

    So if I read this read this right his lawyer objects to the arbitration process and not the fact that his client cheated and submitted an animal sample. There’s no way DJ Williams is smart enough to a) understand the arbitration procedures or b) take such a case to highest court in the land.

    If DJ Williams is dumb enough to use an non-human urine sample, then he’s clearly dumb enough to allow his lawyer to use him to make a name for himself by filing a frivolous lawsuit with the Supreme Court. Williams is probably being taken advantage of by numerous financial “advisors” and others with their hands out.

  15. herkulease says: Sep 19, 2012 1:33 AM

    Good with that. The closest he’ll come to even having a the court look at it would be Justice Ginsburg being bored and deciding to see who this Ginsberg fellow is.

  16. wtfru2 says: Sep 19, 2012 5:49 AM

    And Ginsberg laughs all the way to the bank!

  17. samapoc says: Sep 19, 2012 6:57 AM

    Could his ego get any larger? Scotus will never hear this case because it’s not an issue of national importance and it doesn’t coalesce a long standing point of judicial confusion amongst different appellate courts. I hope his lawyer gave him a two for one deal cuz this wastes even more of his money.

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