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Vikings DT ends StarCaps
Litigation can wear down the strongest.
The Associated Press
Updated: 03/11/2011 12:09:23 PM PST
MINNEAPOLIS—Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle
Kevin Williams has ended his legal fight with the
NFL over a failed drug test and the league's plan to
suspend him. His friend and teammate Pat Williams,
however, has decided to keep going.
Attorney Peter Ginsberg said Friday that Kevin
Williams has had enough of the case, which began
in October 2008 when reports emerged that the two
Vikings were among a handful of players who tested
positive for a banned diuretic in the weight-loss
"He's just tired of litigation and dealing with these
issues and having it hanging over him," Ginsberg
Pat Williams, on principle, is sticking with it.
"He's offended by the NFL and what it's tried to do to
him. He's a fighter, and he wants to go out fighting,"
The NFL said the two players violated its anti-
doping policy and sought to suspend the
Williamses for four games.
The suspensions have been on hold while the case
has played out in state and federal courts, but Kevin
Williams—who is scheduled to make $6 million in 2
011—could now be sidelined for a quarter of the
season if the NFL decides to reinstate the
League spokesman Greg Aiello didn't immediately
respond to a request for comment on Friday.
Last month, the Minnesota Court of Appeals denied
the players' request to permanently block the
suspensions. Ginsberg has asked the Minnesota
Supreme Court to review that ruling
for Pat Williams and said he hopes for a decision
within three months.
The Williamses, who are not related, were not
accused of taking steroids. They said they didn't
know StarCaps contained bumetanide, a banned
diuretic that can mask the presence of steroids.
Pat Williams, the oldest defensive player in the
league last season at 38, finished a three-year
contract with the Vikings and will be a free agent
whenever the market opens, an uncertainty given the
league's labor situation. Ginsberg said Pat Williams
is planning on playing next season, though the
Vikings have been vague on whether they'll attempt
to re-sign him.
The case was watched by other major sports
leagues—including the MLB, NBA and NHL—which
supported the NFL and said their drug-testing
programs would be at risk if players were allowed to
challenge drug-testing policies in state courts. The
NFL has argued its anti-doping policy was a
product of its collective bargaining agreement with
the players' union and was governed by federal law.
Saints defensive end Will Smith and former Saints
end Charles Grant tested positive for the same
substance, but were not involved in the Minnesota
lawsuit. The NFL has held off on enforcing their
four-game suspensions until the Minnesota case is