League responds to latest StarCaps ruling

Earlier today, a Minnesota judge prevented the NFL from suspending Vikings defensive tackles Kevin and Pat Williams pending the resolution of their state-law statutory claims attacking the league’s attempt to discipline the players for testing positive under the policy regarding anabolic steroids and related substances.

The positive tests resulted from the ingestion of StarCaps, an over-the-counter supplement that had been spiked by its manufacturer with a potent prescription diuretic.

The decision means that the players will be permitted to play until either or both pending actions regarding the situation are resolved.

In addition to the lawsuit in Minnesota state court, the federal decision permitting the Minnesota claims to be pursued is under appeal.

The league has issued a statement in response to the latest ruling, and NFL spokesman Greg Aiello has forwarded it to us: 

“Today’s decision, which effectively exempts two players from the NFL-NFLPA collectively bargained program, further illustrates the critical importance of a uniform policy for all teams in the league and why this matter should be governed exclusively by federal law,” the statement reads.  “The Court’s interim decision regarding the suspensions has no immediate practical impact since the suspensions will not take effect until the beginning of the regular season in September.  In the meantime, our appeal to the United States Court of Appeals, which argues that the players’ state claims are barred by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, should be resolved before the start of the season.”

Though we’re not aware of the specific timeline that is being applied to the ongoing federal appeal, it’s not unusual for a federal district court ruling to remain unresolved for a year, sometimes longer.

The decision subject to the federal appeal was issued on May 22.

It’s possible that the NFL has sought an expedited ruling, but the federal appeals court is not required to alter its normal schedule simply because one or more of the parties asks it to do so.  Indeed, many lawyers fear asking a court to speed things up, due to concerns that the response from an overworked court that doesn’t get paid based on the number of cases carried or resolved might be to sssslow things down. 

18 responses to “League responds to latest StarCaps ruling

  1. According to the article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
    Lawyers for the two defensive linemen will ask for a speedy trial. “We want to proceed as quickly as we can,” Peter Ginsberg of New York said. “We would like to get this resolved before the season starts.”
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    I don’t understand why the Williams would want this resolved quickly when it could be until next year before this comes to trial…

  2. “Though we’re not aware of the specific timeline that is being applied to the ongoing federal appeal, it’s not unusual for a federal district court ruling to remain unresolved for a year, sometimes longer.”
    At least that’s your HOPE, isn’t it Florio?
    We all know your loyalties lie with the horn-blowers.
    “Journalistic integrity” my black asterisk.

  3. Keeping Fighting Minnesota! Best Run Game in the League Backed by a top 3 Defense. Oh yah and were about to aquire a quarterback who’s last season running the west coast offense brought his team to a NFC Championship game…and that was with a Sh*t Team…I love to watch all the packer/bear fans try and convince me that they are better…Boom!

  4. @DCViking
    Because they know they are guilty based on the rules and they don’t want to risk having the trial pop up in the middle or end of the season and prevent them from potentially missing a playoff game. Probably wishful thinking given that Favre’s arm will probably already be falling off and the Vikings record won’t have been artificially enhanced by all the lucky game deciding breaks they got last year from the refs………

  5. so everyone in the league has to abide by the rules set in place except these two fat asses….
    larrybird18…have a few more drinks and / or hits off that pipe buddy

  6. This is the key sentence for me..
    “Today’s decision, which effectively exempts two players from the NFL-NFLPA collectively bargained program”
    In light of that my response to the Williams would be that they have chosen to except themselves from the player’s CBA, as such their contracts are void and the player’s association can’t moan because the only thing stopping it is the CBA.
    Abide by the CBA, or don’t expect the CBA to abide.
    Either that or let the NFLPA back the Williams and let the owners say the players opted out of the CBA and by the way our best offer for a new one is now only 50% of revenues since we’ve lost the ability to suspend players for violating the substance abuse policy.

  7. I have afeeling the williams boys will be just fine. No suspension. Shame on the NFL shame.

  8. In the absence of a four game suspension for the Williams boys maybe the NFL should go with a four fame forfeiture for the team. Perhaps that would bring a homer judge around to see justice the way the rest of the country sees it. Any state that disallows steroid abuse suspensions should be disallowed from having an NFL franchise.

  9. Larrybird?
    Puhfugginleaze!
    Did you watch #4 last year?
    Just like with the J-E-T-S last year, Favor with MIN will snatch defeat from the jaws of vicotry!

  10. LarryBird18 says:
    July 9, 2009 2:30 PM
    Keeping Fighting Minnesota! Best Run Game in the League Backed by a top 3 Defense. Oh yah and were about to aquire a quarterback who’s last season running the west coast offense brought his team to a NFC Championship game…and that was with a Sh*t Team…I love to watch all the packer/bear fans try and convince me that they are better…Boom!
    ————————-
    They had the FIFTH best run game in the league last year. Fifth, not first. Giants, Falcons, Panthers, Ravens, Vikings.
    The defense? Sixth by yardage allowed, 13th by points allowed.
    And the ’07 Packers were a shit team? Really? They swept your queens by a total score of 57-16. How bad were the ’07 Vikings if that was a shit team?
    Wow, we really need the ratings system back. You’re itching for a 0.

  11. Quote:
    ZN0rseman says:
    July 9, 2009 3:13 PM
    Zod…
    Ihre Denkprozess ist völlig falsch.
    Schwachen denkende Narr.
    …..
    Ja, ja, ja – that’s what you say now. You could just say something bad about my mother now or we could have a friendly wager if you happen to live in the Cities.
    I must admit the umlaut impressed me – first year of college German seems about right.
    Homines id quod volunt credunt – Caesar

  12. Leave to two fat assed Biqueen players to think the rules don’t apply to them.
    suspend their fat asses for 4 games and put an end to this madness.

  13. KABOOM BABY!! says: July 9, 2009 3:15 PM
    I have a feeling the williams boys will be just fine. No suspension. Shame on the NFL shame.
    —————-
    More like shame on Venus and Serena. The NFL goes out of the way to make sure players don’t use dangerous supplements like diuretics which ironically was one of the things that along with ephedra KILLED a Minnesota Viking player named Korey Stringer when he died of heat stroke.
    You think something that dehydrates your body of water is good when you’re fat and working out in extremely hot weather?

  14. LarryBird is wise Jimmysmith not so much.
    Anyone following this story at all knows that the NFL screwed up. They have a hotline and a list of banned substances both were used to check the legality of Starcaps. LET ME REPEAT ……………………………………….
    STARCAPS WERE NOT ON THE BANNED LIST AND WHEN THE PLAYERS CALLED THE ALL KNOWING AND ALL POWERFULL “HOT LINE” THE NFL, THAT’S RIGHT T H E N F L TOLD THEM THAT THE SUBSTANCE STARCAPS WERE OK TO TAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Case closed. If they did not have a case it would not have gone on this far I am surprised that the counter suit was dropped they definitely have the right to counter sue.

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