Injunction Junction, What's Your Function?


The six players suspended yesterday for taking the banned diuretic Bumetadine will, as we expected, be applying for an injunction against the league.  The matter could go before a judge as early as this morning with a decision to be rendered later in the afternoon.  Should the injunction be granted, Pat and Kevin Williams would not be suspended for this weekend’s game against Detroit.  A federal court would then take up the matter, a prospect that doesn’t seem to faze NFL VP of Law and Labor Policy Adolpho Birch who said:

We don’t think that would have any merit to it.  But they certainly are free to file whatever they choose.

Attorney Peter Ginsberg, who is representing both Williamses, used strong words in denouncing the league’s action against the players:

The players will take proactive steps to correct a harm suffered as a result of actions by the league and its arbitrary and inequitable administration of the program.  Neither Pat nor Kevin has ever used steroids and do not warrant this kind of treatment.

The whole case hinges on whether the players actually knew what they were taking when they ingested the diet supplement StarCaps, which failed to mention on its label that it contained Bumetadine.  The league claims they told its employees not to take StarCaps as far back as 2006, but lawyers for the suspended players say there was never adequate notification.  It all boils down to the judge now – whether he buys that the NFL didn’t make sufficiently clear what was okay to take.  All the experts I’ve heard say this is a Hail Mary pass at best, so don’t look for Pat and Kevin to be uniform in Ford Field come Sunday.

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  • http://none Bob Gleason

    “The whole case hinges on whether the players actually knew what they were taking when they ingested the diet supplement StarCaps, which failed to mention on its label that it contained Bumetadine.”
    I beg to differ.  The players are solely responsible for what goes into their bodies.  Knowing what’s in supplements is the players responsibility.  Their only hope is to find a bleeding heart federal judge who is anti business.

  • jeege

    I’m getting pretty tired of this “players are responsible for what goes in their bodies” argument.

    In many cases, I’d be in agreement with you Bob Gleason. But this is not a cut and dry issue. The league and the NFLPA have as much responsibility to keep their player’s informed as the players have to know what is going into their bodies.

    The fact is, the league dropped the ball here. They did not respond to these player’s requests for information per their agreement with the NFLPA. That was what the hotline was for. And frankly, the Viking’s own front office is a bit at fault here. (Not the coaches, but the trainers) These players should have been in communication with their personal fitness trainers and the trainers associated with the organization.

    Do you read the label of ingredients of every single pill, potion, or extract that you put in your body? And don’t give me “NFL players should be held to a higher standard”.

    They should be, perhaps. But the league should bend over backwards to help players who try to be responsible. Which is what these players tried to do…and failed. Through no fault of their own.