Cornwell calls Joselio Hanson a casualty of "looming labor war"

The mystery regarding Eagles cornerback Joselio Hanson was solved fairly quickly.

He has been suspended four games for violating the league’s policy regarding anabolic steroids and related substances.

“We are disappointed,” lawyer David Cornwell said in a statement.  “Joselio accepts his responsibilities as an NFL player.  Nonetheless, we suspect that he is a casualty of the looming labor war in the NFL.  Here’s hoping that he is the last.”

Cornwell claims that Hanson took “a pill that turned out to be a diuretic” after feeling “bloated” following a Chinese meal, prior to the NFC title game in January 2009.  “The urine specimen that Joselio provided after the game tested positive for a diuretic,” Cornwell said.  “Joselio did not use steroids or any other substance that would enhance his performance.”

Cornwell explains that Hanson’s internal appeal was delayed as the league and the NFLPA tried to resolve the StarCaps matter, which arose last year after multiple players took an over-the-counter supplement that had been spiked by the manufacturer with a banned diuretic.

Cornwell also claims that the league agreed to defer Hanson’s punishment due the tenuous link between diuretics and steroids.

“This consideration was guided by the near-universal recognition that diuretics are rarely used to mask steroid use,” Cornwell said.  “It is noteworthy that the World Anti-Doping Agency recently implemented amendments that eviscerate the misplaced presumption about diuretics embedded in the NFL’s steroid policy and reduce discipline for diuretics to include warnings and, where appropriate, suspension.”

Cornwell also says that, in the wake of the most recent court rulings in the StarCaps case, which rulings have permitted Vikings defensive tackles Pat and Kevin Williams to challenge their proposed suspensions under Minnesota statutory law — and which have prompted the league not to suspend (for now) Saints defensive ends Will Smith and Charles Grant — the league and the union began negotiating different rules for diuretics.

“The hearing [in Hanson’s case] confirmed that the NFLPA and NFL Management Council have exchanged proposals regarding diuretics, with each party proposing substantial reductions in the discipline to be imposed for the first positive test for diuretics,” Cornwell said.   “Under the current competing proposals, no player would be suspended for four (4) games for the first positive test for diuretics.”

Cornwell says the the hearing officer nevertheless rejected a plea to withhold a decision on Hanson’s case until the negotiations are completed.  “We also argued that the accommodation allowing the ‘StarCaps players’ to continue playing supported allowing Joselio to continue playing as well,” Cornwell said.  “Our appeal to fairness was rejected and Joselio was notified yesterday that he is suspended for four (4) games, effective immediately.”

So that’s why Hanson recently said that the “NFL don’t treat players the same.”  He’s referring to the men who took StarCaps.

Still, we’d love to know more about how Hanson ended up taking “a pill that turned out to be a diuretic” in January 2009, where he obtained it, and what he thought the thing actually was.  Given the intense publicity that the StarCaps case received in the latter weeks of 2008, Hanson and every other football player should have been damn sure he knew the exact contents of anything that he swallowed with a partially-filled glass of tap water.

21 responses to “Cornwell calls Joselio Hanson a casualty of "looming labor war"

  1. Yet another example of “common sense not being common.”
    Just plain stupid. These guys ought to have their balls in a sling for coming to a decision like that!

  2. I’d agree that the NFL is not necessarily being fair here considering the outcome of the StarCaps. The issue I’d say is what did he take that got a positive result and is it on the list of banned substances by the NFL? If it isn’t then I feel he should get the same pass the others players got because of it.

  3. Hanson’s lawyer might want to take that up with the State of Pennsylvania – it was the goofy laws of Minnesota that saved the Viking’s version of The Fat Boys.

  4. Is it just me, or are these guys complete idiots? I have a desk job, so my livelihood does not center around my physical well-being, and there is no way in hell I would pop some pill someone gave me without knowing exactly what was in it. I can guarantee if I earned my living playing a sport, I’d keep track of every single thing that went into my body. I’m so sick of hearing these excuses.

  5. This seems excessive if it’s just a diuretic.
    It’s called Substance ABUSE for a reason; if a player is abusing a substance. I’m not with the NFL on this or the StarCaps stuff… unless these players are PROVEN to be ABUSING substances which AFFECT on-field play (or are illegal recreational drugs) then what’s the point?
    …to create an IMAGE of a clean and fair league?
    …thanks, MLB for f’ing it up for the rest of us.

  6. wow- the eagles safeties need to play nickel or straight up corner on occasion with Hanson and hobbs both down? not good

  7. The NFL refuses to admit that it is wrong in this whole issue. I would think that Hanson and his lawyer(s) would immediately introduce a lawsuit for lost income since the NFL is clearly not dealing with this in an even handed, logical, or reasonable way.
    How can the league impose penalties for diuretics on one player while two are on hold while state laws are considered, and two more are on hold supposedly for the purpose of fairness?

  8. “This seems excessive if it’s just a diuretic.
    It’s called Substance ABUSE for a reason; if a player is abusing a substance. I’m not with the NFL on this or the StarCaps stuff… unless these players are PROVEN to be ABUSING substances which AFFECT on-field play (or are illegal recreational drugs) then what’s the point?”
    Diuretics are used to mask the use of steroids. Basically, you take a pill that makes you pee like a racehorse, and dilutes the steroid by-products in your urine to make them undetectable.
    Basically, if you let players take diuretics, you make it impossible to catch cheaters, so players will cheat.
    I also don’t believe the kid for a second. Outside of tainted supplements (like StarCaps), diuretic pills are generally by prescription only. It’s not like he’s gonna have the things lying around the house to relieve him of some bad Chinese food.
    That’s a creative excuse, though. About as good as Brandon Marshall’s McDonald’s bag.

  9. Nevisyakker:
    Grant and Smith were busted around the same time and for taking the exact same supplement that the Wiliams boys did (star caps), so the commish thought they should all be grouped together and treated the same. However, it is common knowledge that diuretics are banned substances for NFL players. Whether their being banned is “right” or not does not matter, the NFLPA signed a labor agreement that states they are banned, so the rules have to be followed. And “I didn’t know what it was” is no excuse.

  10. Remember the rock and roll band camp episode of the Simpsons when Homer eats a pill he found of the floor? Same thing happened here

  11. NFL Players are supposed to know what they put in their bodies…
    Why the hell would you eat Chinese food before the NFC Championship game. Talk about risky!

  12. joselio on the juice?? thats ridiculous!!
    Anyone who saw the vid of Hanson in the locker room last year knows there is no way Hanson has ever taken any type of steroid (or suffered from any steroid side effects).
    This video will also show others how Joselio Hanson earned the nickname, Monstadong.

  13. If he was feeling bloated after eating Chinese, then he should have just waited 30 minutes. Is he new to chinese food?

  14. I think every game he played in should have the decision turned have a junkie out there is not fair and not safe for the other team
    Chinese food child please

  15. At some point the NFL has to own up to the fact that they came up with rules that punish individuals that were not intending to cheat. They came up with rules that cannot even be legally enforced under United States law. Their laws are not consistent with how a democratic guilty until proven innocent type of nation typically operates.
    They mean well but sometimes by trying to avoid one problem you open yourself up to a host of others. We don’t hear of all this diuretic crap about baseball and basketball players now do we?

  16. Saints players were suspended for this StarCaps nonsense, but the Williams boys in Minny got off scott-free for the same thing. Now Hanson goes down for 4 games for being stupid, but he still got punished
    How is it that the NFL can mete out suspensions for some, but not all, considering how huge the league is and how many eyes are watching? All of those guys did the same thing, and only some of them were punished. I’m calling bullshit

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