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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: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: June 20, 2011 1:24 pm

Rams LB David Vobora scores big payday

Well said, DBowman.  I enjoy reading your posts.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: June 20, 2011 1:13 pm

Rams LB David Vobora scores big payday

I'm glad David Vobora was able to prove beyond doubt that he is a clean player by the NFL's drug standards.  However, there's a few questions that need to be addressed to before we close the book on this episode.

1 -- 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?

2 -- Where does the $5.4 million verdict come from?  I understand from the verdict that $2 million is for reputation damage.  How is the $3.4 million determined?  Vobora lost out on $90k of base salary.  What could possibly make a court decide that Vobora lost over $3.3 million in potential endorsements when he was Mr. Irrelevant in the 2008 draft?  I think we went a little overboard here in the damages department.

3 -- What threats is Vobora talking about in his statement?  Until this case was settled I had never heard of Vobora and his suspension certainly wasn't the difference between the Rams making the playoffs and going to the Super Bowl.  Who in the world would threaten this somewhat irrelevant player over a failed drug test?  Again, I think we're blowing things out of proportion here.

Don't get me wrong.  The judgement against the company is good because it shoud deter them from misrepresentation of their products down the road.  But aren't the dollars being awarded here a little bit out of step with reality and actual damages-- not those imagined by a lawyer collecting 1/3 of the judgement?

Since: Apr 2, 2010
Posted on: June 20, 2011 1:08 pm

Rams LB David Vobora scores big payday

Wait, so a company called Anti-Steroid Program sold him a steroid-laced product? Not only is that lost work and damaged reputation, the judge should have nailed them for fraud as well.

Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: June 20, 2011 12:39 pm

Unfortunately, he won't see a penny

If they have not already, Anti-Steroid Program, LLC will declare bankruptcy.  There is absolutely no way a company of that size can afford to pay out on a $5.4 million judgment.  But, at least David Vobora cleared his name.  Well done.  Now, everyone who was bad-mouthing him around the watercooler will have to eat crow.  (Sarcasm).  

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: June 20, 2011 12:08 pm

Rams LB David Vobora scores big payday

This is awesome.  So many players deny and lie through their teeth when they know how guilty they are, and those players ruin it for guys like this who really are victimized.  Being called a cheat and a liar when you are neither has to be tough to deal with.  I'm glad his name is cleared and he's getting a nice chunk of cash to go with it.

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: June 20, 2011 12:05 pm

Rams LB David Vobora scores big payday

Good for him. He isn't the first to fall victim to this, and as football writers become more and more just clothes line gossip columnists it's nice to see where they have to backtrack. Will they change their condem first and eat crow layer approach? Never. But imagine if he were a bigger named player? There would be quite a few "oops" articles...who am I kidding...they would just ignore this nugget and move on to the newest rumor.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: June 20, 2011 12:01 pm

Rams LB David Vobora scores big payday

Wow. All this time I thought the players who tested positive were lying through their teeeth about tainted substances and supplements.  This really is vindication for many of those players.

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