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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: Jul 19, 2009
Posted on: June 20, 2011 4:46 pm
 

Rams LB David Vobora scores big payday

You are a moron



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: June 20, 2011 3:58 pm
 

Rams LB David Vobora scores big payday

Rams LB David Vobora scores big payday

Pretty extensive damages for someone who was Mr. Irrelevant just 3 years ago. 


Who also earned a starting spot and played in 14 games last year.  Not too shabby.





Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: June 20, 2011 3:17 pm
 

Rams LB David Vobora scores big payday

The facts are all we have to go on.  #1 he called the league before the took the supliments.  #2 he has never tested positive before ( 1st offense for positive test is a 4 game susupension ) #3 companies need to be held liable for there products to deter future "problems" with there products.

If you lost your job  ( i know he didn't lose his job ) because of a faulty drug test and you were just taking something that was supposed to be clean wouldn't you want that company to be liable to clear your name and get your reputation and job  back?




Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: June 20, 2011 2:58 pm
 

Rams LB David Vobora scores big payday



  He got lucky...I bet he was on the juice



Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: June 20, 2011 2:53 pm
 

Rams LB David Vobora scores big payday

Damage to his reputation? What reputation? I had never heard of the guy until I read this article. All he should get is the $90,000 he lost in salary plus legal expenses. How does that turn into $5.4 million?



because if all he got was the $90k, they would consider that as the cost of doing business...kind of like illegal dumping..if you are fined 10million a year for illegal dumping, but you make 50 million by doing it, it's just the cost of doing business, so why stop? You got make the liars pay.

Also, it's not just about his current reputation, or lack of as you pointed out, but his future reputation. Maybe Nike doesn't want to do business with him 5 years down the road because of his repuation as a "Roid Head".  Most people more remember the bad things people have done rather than the good. In the wide world of corporate sponsorships, this is a huge deal, and reputation does matter....It's easy to get a bad rep, extremely hard to recover from one. 



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: June 20, 2011 2:53 pm
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Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: June 20, 2011 2:20 pm
 

Rams LB David Vobora scores big payday

In regard to your points....

1 - The NFL is not liable as they did not produce the product. They probably did not even endorse the product. My guess would be that they cleared the ingredient list. This case is about ingredients NOT listed on the ingredient list and therefore the NFL would not be liable. If the NFL had cleared the product by name they may have weighed their options in regard to joining the suit.

2 - The 5.4 million dollar verdict is determined by the judge based on the damages outlined in the case and the judges discretion. The 90k in missed salary is not all that was lost out on. More importantly it was proven to this judge that the misrepresentation was purposeful and intentional. More importantly as you are o.k. with $2 million for damages to his reputation over the last two years; surely you can understand that there is considerable long term damages as well. An NFL player gets thousands just to show up and sign autographs, I am sure the legal team was able to demonstrate considerable damages. Also when you work in a competitive environment there is more damage than just your lost salary. You lose training and learning that you can never get back. I do not know if the number is fair or not but it was obviously jusifiable.

3 - Threats... I do not know what threats were made; it is not unreasonable to consider fans and or players made threats because of his "unfair advantage". Mr. Irrelevant or not.. He made the roster he beat somebody out for that spot and they had the perception he cheated. There is a groing peer pressure in the league against "cheaters" I am sure he took some abuse.

I agree that the verdict is good. I also believe the amount is justified. Some will not see this verdict and go on thinking he is a cheater. I too am glad he is vindicated and his name is clear. The misrepresentation was intentional and that is the scariest part of all of this... Let's hear it for justice!



Since: Jun 20, 2011
Posted on: June 20, 2011 1:52 pm
 

Rams LB David Vobora scores big payday

Damage to his reputation? What reputation? I had never heard of the guy until I read this article. All he should get is the $90,000 he lost in salary plus legal expenses. How does that turn into $5.4 million?



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: June 20, 2011 1:51 pm
 

Rams LB David Vobora scores big payday

Why isn't the NFL liable in some way since they "cleared" the product Vobora put into his body?  Don't they bear some responsibility for declaring a product legit and then punishing Vobora for the use of the product?
I can't speak to the other two (very viable) questions, because I haven't heard any details about either.  But as to the first issue:  from what I've read, the NFL approved the supplement based upon what it was advertised as containing (i.e. based upon the contents listed in the official ingredients).  The reason Vobora won his case is because the company was deliberately putting something in there that they were NOT advertising and listing in the ingredients on the label (or anywhere else).  If the company had been honest about what the supplement contained, the NFL would have known and told him not to take it.  But they were given the same ingredient list as Vobora was, so they didn't have any way to know it contained a banned substance either.

However...

Since he was cleared, and it obviously wasn't his fault or any deliberate attempt to gain unfair competetive advantage, will the NFL remove him from the upper level of the drug screening and treatment program (which is required for anyone who's been suspended under the NFL's drug testing system)?  I think it's only fair, now that he's been proven innocent, that they should drop him back to the base (i.e. not-been-busted-before) level of the leage drug program.



Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: June 20, 2011 1:35 pm
 

Rams LB David Vobora scores big payday

Pretty extensive damages for someone who was Mr. Irrelevant just 3 years ago.


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