Vikings DT Kevin Williams Suspended Two Games For StarCaps Case

Vikings DT Kevin Williams was among a few NFL players implicated in the StarCaps case and the league has announced he will be suspended the first two games of the season.

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Kevin Williams Suspended Two Games For StarCaps Case

The StarCaps saga isn't quite over with yet. According to Tom Pelissero of 1500 ESPN, Minnesota Vikings DT Kevin Williams will indeed face a suspension for his involvement in the StarCaps case.

NFL announces Vikings DT Kevin Williams has suspended the first two games of the season and docked an initial two games pay. An additional two games pay, not initial. This is the StarCaps suspension that had been on hold since 2008. No surprise to Kevin or Vikings. Williams' suspension begins tomorrow and ends on Sept. 19, a day after Vikings' Week 2 game. Letroy Guion figures to start in his place.

This case has been dating back to 2008 when both Kevin and Pat Williams took a weight-loss supplement called StarCaps which contained a banned diuretic that can mask steroids. The problem is that the banned diuretic wasn't included in the label, so they didn't know it wasn't allowed.

They waged a long fight against the suspensions through federal and state courts, and the league allowed them to play pending a final resolution of the case.

That final resolution came down earlier this summer and Kevin Williams has now been suspended. Others, like his teammate Pat Williams and New Orleans Saints DT Will Smith, were also involved but no news has come down on their suspensions.


Will Smith, Kevin Williams Could Still Face Suspension For StarCaps Involvement

Saints defensive end Will Smith was implicated in the StarCaps scandal that broke in 2008, and may finally be forced to pay his penance: Saints coach Sean Payton told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that he believes Smith will have to sit out four games in 2011 as a result of that investigation.

Smith was one of a handful of players who tested positive for a banned substance that was in a dietary substance that was not banned in 2008. In early 2011, after a lengthy legal battle that lasted more than two years, courts upheld suspensions handed down to Smith, Minnesota Vikings Kevin Williams and Pat Williams, and others.

Neither member of the Williams Wall, as Minnesota's mammoth defensive tackles are known, nor Smith have sat for their suspensions. And all three could consequently be riding the pine when New Orleans begins the 2011 NFL regular season, though only Smith and Kevin Williams remain on NFL rosters. Pat Williams, the NFL's oldest defensive player in 2010, may elect to retire rather than face a suspension.

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Lawyer For Williams Wall Issues Statement On StarCaps Ruling

The lawyer for Vikings defensive tackles Pat and Kevin Williams issued a statement on Thursday after a judge ruled their four-game suspension by the league will be upheld.

Via Pro Football Talk:

"Kevin and Pat have shown an enormous amount of courage standing up to the NFL machine throughout this litigation.  The NFL not only failed to abide by its obligations to administer the Steroid Policy fairly and equally, but chose to ignore its ethical obligation when it discovered that Players were taking an over-the-counter food supplement -- StarCaps -- that contained a potentially lethal and undisclosed controlled substance.  And all the while, the NFL was holding to the position -- as it has throughout this litigation - that State Law did not apply to the NFL.  And that it could thus ignore the rights and protections that the Minnesota Legislature decided was needed for all employees.

"This litigation hopefully will make the Steroid Policy better, not weaker, as the NFL has contended, and will force the NFL to be more responsible and responsive to its obligations.

"The results are decidedly mixed.  All NFL Players and the State of Minnesota have gained an important victory.  No employer can stand above the Law, including the NFL.  We are obviously disappointed that, despite violating Kevin and Pat's rights, the NFL still is threatening to suspend them.  Kevin and Pat should be admired for the battle that they waged, not only for all NFL Players but for all employees throughout the State of Minnesota."

The players will be appealing the ruling at a 2:00 PM court case on Thursday.

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StarCaps Ruling: Judge Rules Suspension Stands, Players Will Appeal

A Minnesota judge in the Starcaps case has ruled that Vikings DTs Kevin and Pat Williams must serve a four-game suspension following a 2008 positive test for a banned diuretic called Bumetanide.

The players have scheduled a court hearing at 2:00 PM on Thursday to appeal the ruling. They will also ask that they be allowed to play during the appeal.

The players reportedly took a diuretic that did not have the banned substance listed as an ingredient. The NFL's rules indicate a suspension but the players argue that Bumenatide was not listed as an ingredient therefore they did not know they were violating the rules.

The NFL has a strict liability policy that holds players responsible for what goes into their bodies. But the Williamses argued that Minnesota law gives employees an opportunity to explain the innocent use of an otherwise banned product and that the NFL didn't allow them to explain their use of StarCaps.    

With the 2:00 PM appeal on Thursday, this case isn't over yet.

Check Daily Norseman for updates.

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