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Rams LB David Vobora scores big payday

Posted on: June 20, 2011 10:27 am
Edited on: June 20, 2011 10:44 am
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You might remember that almost exactly one year ago today, we told you about Rams LB David Vobora suing the company that provided him with what he says was a tainted workout supplement.

Today, Vobora’s legal team exclaims that a federal judge has awarded Vobora $5.4 million after determining that the company that made the supplement was at fault for Vobora’s four-game suspension in 2009.

U.S. District Court Judge Rodney W. Sippel ruled that the company, Anti-Steroid Program, LLC, intentionally misrepresented the product, and he awarded Vobora damages for lost work compensation and marketing opportunities, as well as $2 million for damage to his reputation.

Vobora"This monumental judgment cleared my family's name,” Vobora said in a statement. “We stuck together through threats, ridicule, and unfair stigma. Finally vindicated, I'm relieved that I can refocus on football and help the St. Louis Rams get back to the playoffs when the lockout ends. I'm grateful the Rams organization believed in my character through this trying process."

Vobora, before taking the supplement, called the NFL’s hotline regarding supplements to make sure everything he was about to ingest was OK by league standards. During his suspension, Vobora lost $90,000 of base salary.

Said R. Daniel Fleck of Vobora’s legal team: “David Vobora vowed to clear his name and he has resoundingly done so. This judgment is believed to be the largest of its kind for any athlete who has been suspended from his or her sport because of a contaminated nutritional supplement. This case should be a warning to all supplement companies to improve their manufacturing processes and ensure their products are steroid-free.”

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 9:57 am

Rams LB David Vobora scores big payday

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Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: June 21, 2011 7:13 am

Rams LB David Vobora scores big payday

Uctfay: "The misrepresentation was intentional and that is the scariest part of all of this... Let's hear it for justice!"

Excellent post, but I would add that the company may not necessarily have known that the product was contaminated. More likely is that they acted with reckless disregard to the (foreseeable) consequences to athletes like Vabora. (They sought its listing among the league's approved supplements, so they cannot claim ignorance.) 

Contamination typically occurs either when (1) an incorrect ingredient is mistakenly used, (2) manufacturing equipment is in common use and insufficiently cleaned, or (3) environmental spills are inadequately contained within a manufacturing site. (Dust might become aerosolized, for instance.)

A lot of large environmental disasters happen without deliberate intent on the part of the guys who should be running the show. Maybe a lazy foreman buries a few barrels of something-something out in the back forty, which then migrates into the water table, eventually causing birth defects 350 miles away. Or a plant manager meets his budget by storing stuff in an out-of-the-way building, on the Q.T., so that he can avoid expensive disposal fees. Or, as in the recent Japanese disaster, the pools of water in which the spent fuel rods were stored were FAR SMALLER than code (and sound engineering judgment/experience), allowing the water to boil away far sooner than planned.   

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: June 21, 2011 2:29 am

Rams LB David Vobora scores big payday

Wow, lost $90,000 and gained $5.4 million--not bad. I'd take that.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: June 20, 2011 11:22 pm

Rams LB David Vobora scores big payday

His agent wont but I am sure his legal team will, money wasnt the point for him though. Clearing his name was am glad he can sleep well now!

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: June 20, 2011 11:08 pm

Rams LB David Vobora scores big payday

If this product was what caused him to test positive, then I'm certainly glad it was exposed.  But there are one or two things I'm curious about, and forgive me for playing devil's advocate:
1. Are we correct in assuming that this was the only thing that caused him to test positive? 
2. I guess we can also assume that he was the only player to use this product?  If he wasn't, how come the others didn't test positive as well?  And if they did, have they sued the manufacturer?  If so, what result from those suits?
Again, these are just questions.  I don't pretend to know the answers.

Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: June 20, 2011 6:54 pm

Rams LB David Vobora scores big payday

Pain and Suffering Buddy, that's how.  If it were you in his shoes you would be entitled to that also. Why go easy on them. Do you really think they wanted to pay him out that amount of money. Hell no, they were trying to settle out of court for about 1/4 of that amount. 

Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: June 20, 2011 6:49 pm

Rams LB David Vobora scores big payday

Kick-Ass. Hopefully his agent won't see a dime of it. 

Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: June 20, 2011 4:57 pm

Rams LB David Vobora scores big payday

Mr Irrelevant is such a lame title.  There are many players in the NFL that were not drafted at all, and some have long and prosperous careers (e.g., London Fletcher).  Does this mean that a player like London Fletcher is less than irrelevant?  I think not!

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