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Willaims Wall should be sidelined

Posted on: September 11, 2009 5:50 pm
Edited on: September 11, 2009 5:54 pm
The Minnesota Vikings will have defensive tackles Kevin and Pat Williams Sunday against Cleveland, and probably will have them the entire season.

The New Orleans Saints will not have defensive ends Will Smith and Charles Grant the first four games.

All four men were expected to be suspended for the first four games of the season, but Williams and Williams were given a reprieve when a Minnesota circuit court ruled they would be eligible to play because of Minnesota laws on drug testing that overrde the CBA rules on testing.

Louisiana doesn't have those laws, so Smith and Grant won't play the first four games for using a banned diuretic, the same substance used by both of the Williamses.

That isn't right.

There is no way there should be a difference. If the Vikings players play, Grant and Smith should play. If they can't, the two Vikings can't.

It's called competitive imbalance.

Balance is the NFL way.

This isn't that. EVen the diehard Vikings fans have to know that it just isn't fair.

Of course come Sunday that will matter little -- if at all.

Category: NFL

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2009 1:42 pm

Willaims Wall should be sidelined

State labor laws are as imbalanced and absurd as Prisco's weekly power rankings...

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2009 12:24 pm

Willaims Wall should be sidelined

Ignore my previous comment, I didn't do enough research myself.  My bad.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2009 12:22 pm

Willaims Wall should be sidelined

You've obviously not done your research.  The league did give a warning about the suppliement back in 2006.

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: September 11, 2009 11:57 pm

Smith and Grant are playing

Get your facts straight before you start crying.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: September 11, 2009 11:40 pm

Willaims Wall should be sidelined

Obviously, packerbull, you haven't followed this from the beginning. 

First, the league has NOT historically communicated to the teams that StarCaps contained a banned substance.  It has been stated over and over that the League KNEW that StarCaps had this substance, and DID NOT notify the teams, and DID NOT put StarCaps on their list of banned products.
Second, according to the manufacturer of StarCaps, bumetanide was NOT supposed to be an ingredient.
Third, Deuce McAllister, another player in this same situation, said that, in fact, he HAD sent StarCaps to the league to be tested in the past and the league cleared it.

So, a product that didn't list the banned substance on its label, a manufacturer that says they were unaware that this substance was in their product, and a league that failed to inform its players that this product had a banned substance in it.  Looks like a railroad job to me.

One more thing, let's put this in perspective:  Do you drink Coca-Cola?  Probably have for years, right?  Suppose one day, a Coca-Cola employee adds some cocaine to the syrup.  Next thing you  know,  you test positive for drugs at work because of something you have used for years?  Would you still feel it was your fault?

Since: Apr 17, 2008
Posted on: September 11, 2009 10:34 pm

Willaims Wall should be sidelined

The big difference is that Minnesota is a very liberal state which has no desire to hold people accountable for their actions.  Minnesota loves to hold responsible people accountable for irresponsible peoples actions.  The idea that the Williams boys didn't know what they were taking is ludacris.  They are merely trying to exlpoit a loophole using a state law to bypass a rule their own union agreed to.  Cowardly, gutless move.

Since: Jun 24, 2008
Posted on: September 11, 2009 10:19 pm
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Since: Aug 24, 2009
Posted on: September 11, 2009 10:03 pm

Willaims Wall should be sidelined

Of course it isn't fair. Nor is it fair for the NFL to think it can violate state laws. Why should the Williamses have less protection than other employees in the state? Are they not just employees of the Vikings?

So your argument has to be - plain and simple that that Smith and Grant should play. There is no other argument because the law is the law. So for fairness the NFL has to void it stupid "we knew but didn't inform our players" policy.

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: September 11, 2009 9:52 pm

Willaims Wall should be sidelined

How do you expect the average american to react??  After all the talk radio hosts teach us to do just that.  Take one sentence of a story and completely base a two hour diatribe about the statement without giving any weight to the context of the story.  Hell, Rush Limbaugh has made millions doing it.

Since: Sep 11, 2009
Posted on: September 11, 2009 7:28 pm

Williams Wall should be sidelined

Grifter, if he'd rather have them all playing then why does the headline read "Williams Wall should be sidelined"?  Shouldn't it have read "Grant and Smith should play"?

Admonishing people to read the whole story is a valid criticism, but that should include the headline.

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