Tag:Kevin Williams
Posted on: February 8, 2011 12:02 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2011 1:37 pm
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Appeals court gives NFL victory in Star Caps case

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

UPDATED (1:33 p.m.):
The statement released by the NFL this afternoon:

“We are pleased that the Minnesota Court of Appeals, like all other federal & state courts to hear the matter, has unanimously upheld the structure & operation of the NFL’s collectively bargained Policy on Steroids & Related Substances. Today’s opinion confirms the testing program did not violate Minnesota state law & vindicates the policy & procedures of the program. We are in the process of reviewing the decision and determining our next steps.”

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The NFL has been on quite a roll in the court system lately.

First, a special master ruled that the NFL can collect TV money from the networks even if there is no football next year. And today, as NFL spokesman Greg Aiello points out, the Minnesota state court of appeals ruled in the NFL’s favor in the Star Caps case, affirming a lower court’s decision against a permanent injunction for the players who were to be punished by the league.

This paves the way for the NFL to enforce the four-game suspensions for players like Vikings DTs Kevin Williams and Pat Williams and Saints DE Will Smith for failing 2008 drug tests. The rest of the players who failed the test because of a banned diuretic in the diet supplement Star Caps are no longer playing, including Deuce McAllister.

The Williams’ had asked for a permanent injunction for the suspension, but Hennepin County judge Gary Larson denied that. That decision was upheld today by the appeals court. The Williams’ and Smith had played the past three seasons because of a temporary injunction issued by Larson.

For more on the background of the case and for what the ruling means, check out the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

But that doesn’t mean this case is over yet. There’s always the Minnesota Supreme Court, and then, the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Posted on: January 23, 2011 1:27 pm
 

Hot Routes 1.23.11: De Smith will fight you



Posted by Josh Katzowitz


  • Here’s an interesting feature in the NY Times on NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith. He doesn’t mind taking on a fight apparently.
  • Pro Football Talk thinks Steelers owner Dan Rooney NEEDS to be involved in the labor negotiations.

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Posted on: December 19, 2010 8:46 pm
 

The 50 greatest Vikings ever

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

One day before Minnesota takes on the Bears in what should be a strange Monday Night football game, the Vikings held a gala to honor their 50th season. In doing so, they honored the top-50 players in club history.

Here’s the list:

1. Grady Alderman, T, 1961-74
2. Jared Allen, DE, 2008-present
3. Matt Birk, C, 1998-2008
4. Matt Blair, LB, 1974-1985
5. Bill Brown, RB, 1962-74
6. Joey Browner, S, 1983-91
7. Bobby Bryant, CB, 1967-80
8. Anthony Carter, WR, 1985-93
9. Cris Carter, WR, 1990-01
10. Fred Cox, K, 1963-77
11. Daunte Culpepper, QB, 1999-2005
12. Chris Doleman, DE, 1985-93, ’99
13. Carl Eller, DE, 1964-78
14. Chuck Foreman, RB, 1973-79
15. John Gilliam, WR, 1972-75
16. Bud Grant, coach, 1967-83, ’85
17. Wally Hilgenberg, LB, 1968-79
18. Steve Hutchinson, G, 2006-present
19. Tim Irwin, T, 1981-93
20. Steve Jordan, TE, 1982-94
21. Tommy Kramer, QB, 1977-89
22. Paul Krause, S, 1968-79
23. Gary Larsen, DT, 1965-74
24. Carl Lee, CB, 1983-93
25. Jim Marshall, DE, 1961-79
26. Randall McDaniel, G, 1988-99
27. Keith Millard, DT, 1985-91
28. Randy Moss, WR, 1998-2004, ’10
29. Dave Osborn, RB, 1965-75
30. Alan Page, DT, 1967-78
31. Adrian Peterson, RB, 2007-present
32. John Randle, DT, 1990-2000
33. Ahmad Rashad, WR, 1976-82
34. Ed Sharockman, CB, 1962-72
35. Jeff Siemon, LB, 1972-82
36. Robert Smith, RB, 1993-2000
37. Scott Studwell, LB, 1977-90
38. Doug Sutherland, DT, 1971-81
39. Fran Tarkenton, QB, 1961-66, ’72-78
40. Henry Thomas, DT, 1987-94
41. Mick Tingelhoff, C, 1962-78
42. Stu Voigt, TE, 1970-80
43. Gene Washington, WR, 1967-72
44. Ed White, G, 1969-77
45. Sammy White, WR, 1978-86
46. Kevin Williams, DT, 2003-present
47. Antoine Winfield, CB, 2004-present
48. Roy Winston, LB, 1962-76
49. Ron Yary, T, 1968-81
50. Gary Zimmerman, T, 1986-92

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Posted on: August 2, 2010 12:33 pm
 

More players connected to StarCaps

The Pioneer Press has a very interesting story that suggests Pat and Kevin Williams weren’t the first players to complain about unknown substances in the StarCaps diuretic.

In 2006 and '07, a rash of NFL players tested positive for bumetanide, which troubled Dr. John Lombardo (the NFL’s drug-testing administrator), who had learned that StarCaps, the diuretic they were using, was tainted with the potent drug.

(Lombardo) was so troubled that he exonerated at least eight players, including a pair of Pro Bowlers, because they told Lombardo they unknowingly ingested the banned substance — clemency that clashed with a steroids policy in which players are responsible for what is in their bodies.

Adolpho Birch was unmoved by the players' excuses. The vice president of the NFL's labor policy and its anti-doping enforcer was so troubled by Lombardo's actions that he ordered his subordinate to stop pardoning StarCaps users who failed tests and to start referring them for discipline.

By training camp 2008, StarCaps ceased to be a get-out-of-jail card, exposing to punishment another cluster of users who tested positive for bumetanide, including Vikings defensive tackles Kevin and Pat Williams.


The exonerated players never had steroid accusations hurled at them, and their names did not come up during the Williams trial. Three of those players are still in the league: 49ers CB Nate Clements, Jets OT Damien Woody and Dolphins OT Vernon Carey. Another five are out of football: former Chiefs/Seahawks OT Damion McIntosh, the late Patriots DE Marquis Hill, Bills/Patriots WR Jonathan Smith, Bills FB Daimon Shelton and Giants/Patriots FB Patrick Pass.

According to the Lombardo and Birch depositions, the eight exonerated players linked their failed tests to StarCaps. The controversial weight-loss pill claimed garlic and papaya as active ingredients, but actually was spiked with bumetanide, according to the recall StarCaps' manufacturer, Balanced Health Products, initiated in December 2008. The company has since filed for bankruptcy.
Bumetanide is a diuretic typically prescribed to treat congestive heart failure and renal disease. The NFL and NFLPA classify it as a potential masking agent for steroids.


The consumption of bumetanide was unintentional, the eight players claimed, and they found a sympathetic arbiter in Lombardo.
Ostensibly, the NFL isn’t thrilled that this information has become public.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 8, 2010 12:34 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 12:45 pm
 

Position rankings: defensive tackles

K. Williams (US Presswire)Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit resume their debate, with today’s focus on defensive tackles.

Josh Katzowitz’s top five

5. Haloti Ngata, Ravens

4. Vince Wilfork, Patriots

3. Jay Ratliff, Cowboys

2. Albert Haynesworth, Redskins

1. Kevin Williams, Vikings

As expected, this position is brimming with talent, and unlike some other (unnamed) positions, where it was pretty tough to find five really quality stars, this list had to be edited and reworked a few times because there were so many deserving linemen. I’m sure there are five other tackles out there who could be placed on a top-five list and have them be just as deserving. Well, maybe nearly as deserving.

Kevin Williams most likely will play this season after avoiding a potential suspension because of a positive drug test issue. If he’s on the field, he’s one of the best interior DL in the NFL (as his four-straight Pro Bowls will attest). I thought long and hard about putting Haynesworth above Williams, but as good as he’s been as a DT, he might not be as effective as a nose tackle. Plus, he was just a little below elite last season, and the fact is that he’s played a 16-game schedule exactly one time – during his rookie season in 2002.

Ratliff has accumulated 13.5 sacks in the past two years – the guy certainly knows how to rush a passer. And now that he’s had surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbows – which didn’t allow him to bench press the past two years – he could easily move to the top of this list. Wilfork is the anchor of the Patriots 3-4 defense, and now, he’s being paid like one after signing a five-year, $40 million contract with $25 million guaranteed. Ngata is huge and nimble and quick and athletic. He demands double-teams.

Andy Benoit's top five

5. Haloti Ngata, Baltimore Ravens

4. Jay Ratliff, Dallas Cowboys

3. Vince Wilfork, New England Patriots

2. Albert Haynesworth, Washington Redskins

1. Kevin Williams, Minnesota Vikings

I swear I made this list before I saw yours. You nailed Ngata: nimble and quick. To me, Ratliff is the amazing member of this list. He’s a former seventh-round pick who, at a diminutive 303 pounds, has become the most dominant nose tackle in the NFC. He’s expanded the criteria for how we evaluate nose tackles. Rather than commanding double-teams with sheer size, he commands them with energy and quickness off the snap.

Wilfork doesn’t get enough credit for his lateral agility.

I seriously doubt Haynesworth will be on this much longer. He’s going to roll over in Washington this season. It’s too bad that so much natural talent went to such a bad guy (and I don’t use the term “bad guy” lightly).

I hate to get in the habit of doing top eight, but since we’re in agreement again, here’s what I have: 6. Shaun Rogers (assuming he bounces back from leg injury), 7. Darnell Dockett (the most tenacious D-lineman in the game), 8. Kris Jenkins (Ratliff-like quickness off the snap, Wilfork-like size; only problem has been injuries).

Josh’s rebuttal

I probably would have put Dockett on my top five – though I’m not sure who I would have left off – but I was saving him for the defensive ends list. I saw Rogers play live a few times last year; he didn’t do much to impress me. He’s just really, really big. He’s a quality run-stopper, but when he’s out of shape, he’s not a top-10 guy. My top eight would go: 6. Kris Jenkins (I was close to putting him in the top five – he has really good athleticism), 7. Pat Williams (he’s not as good as he once was, but he’s still a powerful force), 8. Jonathan Babineaux (he’s athletic and plays well as a pass rusher and run-stopper). Babineaux faced a felony animal cruelty charge a few years ago, so that’s a bit weird. But still, we’re talking about a really good undersized DT.

You know, this isn’t quite as much fun when we agree. I miss us making fun of each other. O Manny Lawson, Manny Lawson, wherefore art thou Manny Lawson?

Andy’s final word

I think Babineaux is underrated, but not to the degree that he makes the top eight. His 2007 animal cruelty charges flew under the radar because – and what are the odds of this – another Falcons player had bigger animal abuse charges around that time. (You might remember reading something about it.)

Babineaux’s charges were later dismissed after it was determined that the pit bull killed – which belonged to a girlfriend who later became his wife – had a history of unprovoked attacks. In short, it sounds like Babineaux did nothing wrong. But you can form your own opinion; read the report here.


Other positions: Safety | Cornerback | 3-4 Scheme Outside Linebacker | Punter  | Kicker | 4-3 Scheme Outside Linebacker | Inside Linebacker)


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Posted on: June 24, 2010 11:28 am
 

Starcaps, Williams Wall: Suspensions After All?


On the surface, it looks like Vikings defensive tackles Pat Williams and Kevin Williams will almost certainly get to play the entire 2010 season. The Star Tribune reports that courts have ruled that the two defensive tackles cannot serve their four-game suspensions for a positive banned substance test until the appeal process is complete. The NFL’s request for an expedited appeals process was denied yesterday.

The appeal has to do with The Williams Wall contending that the NFL violated Minnesota state law by not giving them timely notice of their positive test results.

But as Pro Football Talk explains, the Williams’s may have screwed up and given the NFL a clear path to legal victory.

This is a story that refuses to die. The StarCaps controversy erupted during the ’08 season.

--Andy Benoit

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