I usually don't like the courts getting involved in professional sports leagues. But I think the judge's ruling Friday to block the suspensions of five players for violating the league's anti-doping policy is the right thing to do.
U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson said he needed more time to consider the case brought by the players, and therefore four of the five will play this Sunday.
The five players are Kevin and Pat Williams of the Minnesota Vikings and Deuce McAllister, Charles Grant and Will Smith of the New Orleans Saints. Grant is out for the year with an injury, but the other four will play this weekend,
The reason I think this is a good move is because it appears the NFL knew since 2006 that StarCaps, the supplement the players took, contained the banned diuretic Bumetanide.
The NFL believes players should know what they're putting in their bodies, so they put it on them. But if they didn't know that it was in there -- and the label on StarCaps never said it was -- how could they know?
The league supposedly knew and they didn’t tell. There's something wrong there. So good for the courts to step in and make this decision.
There needs to be more work done.
Until the facts are there for sure as to why the league didn't tell the players what it knew, then the players should play.
Why should a season be impacted by a bad decision that is rushed? This is the right thing.
Getting the courts involved was good for a change.