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.
"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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Posted on: June 17, 2010 2:32 pm
There's an interesting article from Bill Coats on Stltoday.com about Rams linebacker David Vobora today. The third-year pro – who entered the league as Mr. Irrelevant out of Idaho – has two storylines this offseason: clearing his name after last year’s four-game suspension for a positive performance-enhancing drug test, and regaining his starting position.
For clearing his name, Vobora is suing the company that provided what he says was a tainted workout supplement. Vobora asserts that he called the NFL substance hotline and got approval for every ingredient listed in the supplement. For damages, he is seeking the $90,588 he lost in compensation during the suspension.
Regarding his starting job, Vobora has an uphill battle. He played strongside linebacker in the Rams’ depleted front seven last season. But in spring, St. Louis signed veteran Na’il Diggs, who grew close to defensive coordinator Ken Flajole when Flajole was the linebackers coach in Carolina. Diggs is a stout run-stopper and, frankly, a better option at this point. Vobora, while a quick-closing, fundamentally-sound tackler, doesn’t always thrive in high-traffic areas (he has trouble locating assignments). Vobora could challenge new weakside linebacker Bobby Carpenter except he lacks the speed to play in space.
The Rams currently have Vobora working behind middle linebacker James Laurinaitis. If he stays there, he’ll only see special teams action in 2010. But at least Vobora has gotten an opportunity to learn multiple positions. Considering he lacks the athletic tools to start, becoming a utility backup gives him the best chance at getting on the field.
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