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Appeals court gives NFL victory in Star Caps case

Posted on: February 8, 2011 12:02 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2011 1:37 pm
 
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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Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2011 12:18 am
 

Appeals court gives NFL victory in Star Caps case

Wow, due process has turned into a form of cheating. Why do we have appeals courts then? Every verfict is true, right?

Did the Vikings benefit from the lengthy process? Yes.

Should we remove appeals to expediate sentence? Ummm, OK cowboy.



Since: Feb 22, 2010
Posted on: February 12, 2011 12:16 pm
 

Appeals court gives NFL victory in Star Caps case

Who cares about the courts or the NFL?  I worry those poor Williams guys will have self-esteem issues now that they can't get rid of that troubsome water weight. 




Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2011 8:58 am
 

Appeals court gives NFL victory in Star Caps case

@irregardless     Don't fool yourself bud.  We got exactly what we were trying to get.  It got drug out for the last two seasons while we tried to win the Super Bowl with Favre, which almost worked in '09.  I'm pretty sure 99% of the population knew that was the plan.  The only reason this thing is over is because the Super Bowl/Favre dream is over.  Every NFL team/state would have done the same thing.  The reason "that guy is looooong gone" is because nobody in Minnesota cares about it anymore.  We took our shot and didn't get the ring.  Pat won't even be a Viking next year.  Congratulations on being right TWO YEARS later, but ask yourself who really got played - us or YOU.



VikesFanTX,

Honesty.  I have no problem with it.  A Vikings fan is finally admitting that they were (are?) playing the courts to circumvent the NFL rules.  My only question now is this;  if either of the Williams' decide to put in another appeal, will the Minnesota courts again automatically accept it (this last time Judge Lawson said he would accept an appeal before it was even submitted ) and convienently backburner it to after next season?
But thank you for see this case for what it really is, and not trying to argue that they were being targeted and railroaded by an unfair NFL.



Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2011 7:14 am
 

Appeals court gives NFL victory in Star Caps case

@Randy10   Also, if the thread isn't about Favre, you "secret admirers" LOVE to make it about Favre.  Those are my favorites.



Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2011 7:10 am
 

Appeals court gives NFL victory in Star Caps case

@Randy10   Seeing as how this thread has nothing to do with Favre, your point is irrelevant.  I bet you're another one of those "I show up on every thread about Favre to talk about how much I hate Favre, thereby increasing the probability that there will be more media about Favre so I can comment on that, so on and so forth.  And I secretly love him."  Thanks for playing.


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