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11 months ago Update 0 comments
After he was suspended by the NFL for six games for failing a drug test, Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams filed a complaint against the NFL in an effort to overturn the suspension. On Thursday, a federal judge dismissed Williams' compliant.
Williams was originally suspended when the NFL alleged he provided a non-human specimen in a drug test. Williams claimed the specimen he submitted was not properly safeguarded and processed. Williams filed the compliant hoping a federal judge would overturn the suspension do to procedural errors.
Williams' lawyer, Peter Ginsberg, said the linebacker would appeal the federal judge's ruling. If the ruling is upheld, Williams would be suspended for the first six games of the NFL season. Williams' Broncos teammates Virgil Green and Ryan McBean were also suspended for failed drug tests.
about 1 year ago Update 0 comments
It was announced on Friday that three Denver Broncos players had been given suspensions for violating substance abuse policies and that two of those players were intending to file federal lawsuits against the NFL as a result of the suspensions.
Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk reports that one of the suspended players, linebacker D.J. Williams, has issued a statement regarding the suspensions and subsequent lawsuits.
"I understand from media reports today that the NFL has announced a suspension based on a specimen that the NFL acknowledges did not contain steroids or any illegal substance. Instead, the NFL contends that I provided a non-human specimen. I have never failed a test of any kind - for steroids or illegal substances - during my eight-year pro career. I am proud of my record and proud of the way in which I conduct myself as a professional athlete and citizen. We proved - conclusively - at the NFL hearing on this matter that the NFL and its specimen collector wholly failed in their duties to safeguard and process my specimen properly. In fact, the specimen collector was fired by the NFL after compromising my specimen as well as others'. The hearing officer, an NFL executive, ignored the NFL's own Policy, engaged in inappropriate communications with top NFL officials about this matter without my knowledge or approval, corrupted the system, ignored that my specimen had been compromised, and now has subjected me to humiliation as well as suspension. We will be vigorously pursuing my rights in the judicial system. My suspension is unjust; the NFL has undermined and corrupted its own steroid policy."
It seems like the takeaway here is "non-human urine" and a seemingly-suspect specimen collector. This is certainly far from the end of this story.
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about 1 year ago Article 0 comments
It was reported on Friday that three members of the Denver Broncos have received suspensions due to violating NFL drug policies. Two of the suspended players will be filing lawsuits against the league.