The tiresome saga of the Williams Wall Starcaps suspension case took a negative turn today when Hennepin County judge Gary Larson ruled that, though the NFL violated the Vikings players’ rights under state labor law, it may still impose the 4-game ban slapped on the duo after testing positive for a forbidden diuretic.
Larson’s argument: Yes, the NFL like any other corporate entity is not above the law, but the Williamses suffered no harm from having the suspension placed on them.
The NFL immediately applauded Larson’s ruling, and issued a statement reaffirming the blinding goodness of their steroids policy:
“We intend to continue to administer a strong, effective program on performance-enhancing drugs that applies on a uniform basis to all players in all states,” said NFL spokesman Greg Aiello.
Today’s ruling by no means slams the door on the case. The Williamses can still appeal, and on Thursday afternoon, are expected to ask judge Larson to extend a restraining order preventing the NFL from suspending them until said appeal is heard.
So, the strategy of keeping the suspension case tied up in the courts until after both Pat and Kevin have retired is still in place. Is there anyone else here who wishes they’d just served it a couple years ago and gotten it over with?