Interesting twist in the StarCaps case (yes, it’s still going on):Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune reports that Pat Williams will continue to fight, taking his latest (and final) appeal to Minnesota’s Supreme Court. But teammate Kevin Williams is surrendering. The All-Pro defensive tackle is prepared to face a four-game suspension if the NFL indeed goes in that direction.
The last time a court heard this case, Minnesota’s Appeals Court refused to block the NFL’s four-game suspensions of the Williamses because the banned diuretic in the StarCaps (Bumetanide) that was found in the players’ systems does not fall under the state’s workplace drug-testing laws.
This latest twist is interesting because not long ago, Pat Williams was the one saying he’s done fighting. The 38-year-old nose tackle even rationalized that a four-game suspension could help him be fresher come season’s end.
If the Minnesota Supreme Court agrees to hear the StarCaps case, Pat Williams could delay his suspension yet another year while the legal process plays out. The StarCaps issue commenced back in December 2008.
Peter Ginsberg, the attorney for both Williamses, issued a statement:
“Pat and Kevin have both shown an enormous amount of dedication and frankly courage to continue to pursue this litigation. I understand Kevin’s feelings that he’s just had enough with the lawyers, the courts. There are important principles and protections for NFL players and Minnesota employees at stake. Pat has decided, after much deliberation, to continue. What happened to those two men is unfair and egregious and we remain optimistic that at the end of this process justice will finally win out.”
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