Judge Larson has ruled that Pat and Kevin Williams can play while their lawsuit against the NFL over the StarCaps mess wends its way through the legal maze. The NFL has already responded, rather strongly:
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 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.
In other words, we should know by Week 1 whether Pat and Kevin will have to serve their four game suspension. It would suck righteously if the thing somehow dragged into the season, leaving a dark cloud hanging over the Williams Wall and the entire team. I almost wish they’d just served the damn thing last season and been done with it. But then we might not have made the playoffs, I guess.