Tag:Pat Williams
Posted on: March 10, 2011 10:40 pm

StarCaps: only one Williams will continue fight

Posted by Andy Benoit

Interesting twist in the StarCaps case (yes, it’s still going on):Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune reports that Pat Williams will continue to fight, taking his latest (anK. Williams (US Presswire)d final) appeal to Minnesota’s Supreme Court. But teammate Kevin Williams is surrendering. The All-Pro defensive tackle is prepared to face a four-game suspension if the NFL indeed goes in that direction.

The last time a court heard this case, Minnesota’s Appeals Court refused to block the NFL’s four-game suspensions of the Williamses because the banned diuretic in the StarCaps (Bumetanide) that was found in the players’ systems does not fall under the state’s workplace drug-testing laws.

This latest twist is interesting because not long ago, Pat Williams was the one saying he’s done fighting. The 38-year-old nose tackle even rationalized that a four-game suspension could help him be fresher come season’s end.

If the Minnesota Supreme Court agrees to hear the StarCaps case, Pat Williams could delay his suspension yet another year while the legal process plays out. The StarCaps issue commenced back in December 2008.

Williams Wall

Peter Ginsberg, the attorney for both Williamses, issued a statement:

“Pat and Kevin have both shown an enormous amount of dedication and frankly courage to continue to pursue this litigation. I understand Kevin’s feelings that he’s just had enough with the lawyers, the courts. There are important principles and protections for NFL players and Minnesota employees at stake. Pat has decided, after much deliberation, to continue. What happened to those two men is unfair and egregious and we remain optimistic that at the end of this process justice will finally win out.”

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Posted on: March 3, 2011 10:34 am

Hot Routes 3.3.11: Lesnar's conquerer retires

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • It’s always nice to see a player, after he retires or is released, take out a full-page color advertisement in the local newspaper to thank the fans and city. That’s what former Bears DE Tommie Harris did today in the Chicago Tribune. Classy move.
  • Perhaps another reason why former Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis left the organization to take the same position at the University of Florida: he didn’t want his salary slashed because of the potential lockout.
  • Former Alabama WR Julio Jones, who took part in the NFL combine with a fractured freakin’ foot, will have surgery Saturday so doctors can insert a screw into his foot. Jones should be healed in six to eight weeks.
  • This isn’t football-related, but I thought it was relevant to the continued concussion storylines. Former hockey enforcer Bob Probert, who died last year at the age of 45, was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Just like Dave Duerson and a host of other NFL players who have died recently.

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Posted on: February 8, 2011 7:46 pm

Pat Williams done fighting (and playing for Min?)

Posted by Andy Benoit
P. Williams (US Presswire)
With the Minnesota Appeals Court ruling in favor of the NFL in the never-ending StarCaps case, it looks like a suspension is on the way for the Vikings’ Williams Wall (and for Saints defensive end Will Smith). It’s possible that this case could still wind up in the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Pat Williams might not care at this point. The veteran nose tackle claims he’s done fighting.

"I just want it to be over," Williams told Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press. "If I lose, I lose. I'm not mad at anybody. Right now, I want it to be over because it's cost me so much money, close to $1 million (in legal fees). It ain't cheap."

The NFL says it has yet to determine the next step, though four-game suspensions are all but certain. Williams, who will be 39 next year, believes he may actually benefit from sitting four games, as it will help keep him fresh down the stretch.

He’s toyed with the idea of retirement the past few years, and he’s coming off a season in which he fought through a torn triceps (which he disclosed in the interview with Murphy). But the 14-year veteran has no thoughts of hanging ‘em up this offseason.

"I can't quit,” Williams said. “At the end of the day, I still love what I do. I'm an old throwback. Just love getting on that field Sundays and battling it out."

Just for good measure, Williams dropped one more piece of news in his visit with Murphy: he’ll play next season, but likely for a different team. He’s scheduled to be a free agent in March.

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Posted on: February 8, 2011 12:02 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2011 1:37 pm

Appeals court gives NFL victory in Star Caps case

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.”


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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Posted on: October 14, 2010 7:06 pm

Pat Williams calls Brooking "a little baby"

K. Brooking said last year he thought Minnesota was classless. This year, he gets another shot at trying to beat that team (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

I’ve never looked at a picture of Cowboys LB Keith Brooking and thought to myself, “Well, that just looks like a little baby to me.” Apparently, Vikings DE Pat Williams doesn’t share that opinion.

When Dallas and Minnesota meet this week for the first time since the Vikings smashed the Cowboys in last year’s playoff matchup, the Cowboys will have some bulletin-board material.

Last year, following the 34-3 loss, Brooking said the fact Minnesota scored a TD with 1:55 to play to increase the lead to 31 points was a classless move. He also said the Cowboys would remember that beatdown when the two teams faced each other in the regular season.

Color Williams unimpressed.

"We don't care what Brooking says," Williams was quoted as saying in the Dallas Morning News via the Minneapolis Star Tribune . "If he's still talking about last year that's his bad because last year is last year and we ain't worried about. If he wants to cry like a little baby, he'll cry like a little baby but we aren't worried about what he's saying."

Williams had more to say.

“This is the NFL, it ain't Pop Warner, it ain't high school," Williams said. "This is the pros. I figure if they were so good they would have stopped us from scoring but they didn't."

Brooking hasn’t commented this season about the game, but somebody asked Dallas coach Wade Phillips about the incident from last season.

"People can do what they want," Phillips said. "That's what they chose to do. It's not something I would've done."

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Posted on: August 2, 2010 12:33 pm

More players connected to StarCaps

The Pioneer Press has a very interesting story that suggests Pat and Kevin Williams weren’t the first players to complain about unknown substances in the StarCaps diuretic.

In 2006 and '07, a rash of NFL players tested positive for bumetanide, which troubled Dr. John Lombardo (the NFL’s drug-testing administrator), who had learned that StarCaps, the diuretic they were using, was tainted with the potent drug.

(Lombardo) was so troubled that he exonerated at least eight players, including a pair of Pro Bowlers, because they told Lombardo they unknowingly ingested the banned substance — clemency that clashed with a steroids policy in which players are responsible for what is in their bodies.

Adolpho Birch was unmoved by the players' excuses. The vice president of the NFL's labor policy and its anti-doping enforcer was so troubled by Lombardo's actions that he ordered his subordinate to stop pardoning StarCaps users who failed tests and to start referring them for discipline.

By training camp 2008, StarCaps ceased to be a get-out-of-jail card, exposing to punishment another cluster of users who tested positive for bumetanide, including Vikings defensive tackles Kevin and Pat Williams.

The exonerated players never had steroid accusations hurled at them, and their names did not come up during the Williams trial. Three of those players are still in the league: 49ers CB Nate Clements, Jets OT Damien Woody and Dolphins OT Vernon Carey. Another five are out of football: former Chiefs/Seahawks OT Damion McIntosh, the late Patriots DE Marquis Hill, Bills/Patriots WR Jonathan Smith, Bills FB Daimon Shelton and Giants/Patriots FB Patrick Pass.

According to the Lombardo and Birch depositions, the eight exonerated players linked their failed tests to StarCaps. The controversial weight-loss pill claimed garlic and papaya as active ingredients, but actually was spiked with bumetanide, according to the recall StarCaps' manufacturer, Balanced Health Products, initiated in December 2008. The company has since filed for bankruptcy.
Bumetanide is a diuretic typically prescribed to treat congestive heart failure and renal disease. The NFL and NFLPA classify it as a potential masking agent for steroids.

The consumption of bumetanide was unintentional, the eight players claimed, and they found a sympathetic arbiter in Lombardo.
Ostensibly, the NFL isn’t thrilled that this information has become public.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 11:47 pm

Milk and cookies for you

A late-night links round-up:

Though it’d make sense if the veterans absolutely hate the fact No. 1 pick Sam Bradford just got a $50 million guarantee without ever having played a down of NFL football, Tom Brady doesn’t seem upset about the deal. He tells a radio show, as captured by the Boston Herald that players of any sort (or experience) should be getting money.

Much has been made about Frank Gore’s party in Miami that ensnared a few collegiate players in the headlights of the NCAA and which might or might not have been paid for by an agent. Gore tells the Press Democrat that the controversy surprised him and he was the one who paid for the party.

Toby Gerhart missed the first day of training camp. Pat Williams, as mentioned in this 1500 ESPN story, didn’t appreciate it.

Unlike a certain NT in Washington, Cardinals OT Deuce Lutui, who says he weighs about 360 pounds, passed his conditioning test today. The Cardinals official site talked to him afterward.

Packers S Atari Bigby isn’t happy with his contract situation, as described by the Green Bay Press Gazette . Bigby, in all reality, should worry about retaining his starting spot over Morgan Burnett, because the ankle injury he suffered today won’t help.

Do you think former Ole Miss QB Jevan Snead wishes he stayed in school one more year? After the Buccaneers cut him today , I imagine the answer is probably, yes.

A few more first-round signings: Jason Pierre-Paul to the Giants for a ton of money . Joe Haden to the Browns for a ton of mone y. Demaryius Thomas to the Broncos for a ton of money . Kyle Wilson to the Jets for a ton of money .

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 8, 2010 12:34 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 12:45 pm

Position rankings: defensive tackles

K. Williams (US Presswire)Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit resume their debate, with today’s focus on defensive tackles.

Josh Katzowitz’s top five

5. Haloti Ngata, Ravens

4. Vince Wilfork, Patriots

3. Jay Ratliff, Cowboys

2. Albert Haynesworth, Redskins

1. Kevin Williams, Vikings

As expected, this position is brimming with talent, and unlike some other (unnamed) positions, where it was pretty tough to find five really quality stars, this list had to be edited and reworked a few times because there were so many deserving linemen. I’m sure there are five other tackles out there who could be placed on a top-five list and have them be just as deserving. Well, maybe nearly as deserving.

Kevin Williams most likely will play this season after avoiding a potential suspension because of a positive drug test issue. If he’s on the field, he’s one of the best interior DL in the NFL (as his four-straight Pro Bowls will attest). I thought long and hard about putting Haynesworth above Williams, but as good as he’s been as a DT, he might not be as effective as a nose tackle. Plus, he was just a little below elite last season, and the fact is that he’s played a 16-game schedule exactly one time – during his rookie season in 2002.

Ratliff has accumulated 13.5 sacks in the past two years – the guy certainly knows how to rush a passer. And now that he’s had surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbows – which didn’t allow him to bench press the past two years – he could easily move to the top of this list. Wilfork is the anchor of the Patriots 3-4 defense, and now, he’s being paid like one after signing a five-year, $40 million contract with $25 million guaranteed. Ngata is huge and nimble and quick and athletic. He demands double-teams.

Andy Benoit's top five

5. Haloti Ngata, Baltimore Ravens

4. Jay Ratliff, Dallas Cowboys

3. Vince Wilfork, New England Patriots

2. Albert Haynesworth, Washington Redskins

1. Kevin Williams, Minnesota Vikings

I swear I made this list before I saw yours. You nailed Ngata: nimble and quick. To me, Ratliff is the amazing member of this list. He’s a former seventh-round pick who, at a diminutive 303 pounds, has become the most dominant nose tackle in the NFC. He’s expanded the criteria for how we evaluate nose tackles. Rather than commanding double-teams with sheer size, he commands them with energy and quickness off the snap.

Wilfork doesn’t get enough credit for his lateral agility.

I seriously doubt Haynesworth will be on this much longer. He’s going to roll over in Washington this season. It’s too bad that so much natural talent went to such a bad guy (and I don’t use the term “bad guy” lightly).

I hate to get in the habit of doing top eight, but since we’re in agreement again, here’s what I have: 6. Shaun Rogers (assuming he bounces back from leg injury), 7. Darnell Dockett (the most tenacious D-lineman in the game), 8. Kris Jenkins (Ratliff-like quickness off the snap, Wilfork-like size; only problem has been injuries).

Josh’s rebuttal

I probably would have put Dockett on my top five – though I’m not sure who I would have left off – but I was saving him for the defensive ends list. I saw Rogers play live a few times last year; he didn’t do much to impress me. He’s just really, really big. He’s a quality run-stopper, but when he’s out of shape, he’s not a top-10 guy. My top eight would go: 6. Kris Jenkins (I was close to putting him in the top five – he has really good athleticism), 7. Pat Williams (he’s not as good as he once was, but he’s still a powerful force), 8. Jonathan Babineaux (he’s athletic and plays well as a pass rusher and run-stopper). Babineaux faced a felony animal cruelty charge a few years ago, so that’s a bit weird. But still, we’re talking about a really good undersized DT.

You know, this isn’t quite as much fun when we agree. I miss us making fun of each other. O Manny Lawson, Manny Lawson, wherefore art thou Manny Lawson?

Andy’s final word

I think Babineaux is underrated, but not to the degree that he makes the top eight. His 2007 animal cruelty charges flew under the radar because – and what are the odds of this – another Falcons player had bigger animal abuse charges around that time. (You might remember reading something about it.)

Babineaux’s charges were later dismissed after it was determined that the pit bull killed – which belonged to a girlfriend who later became his wife – had a history of unprovoked attacks. In short, it sounds like Babineaux did nothing wrong. But you can form your own opinion; read the report here.

Other positions: Safety | Cornerback | 3-4 Scheme Outside Linebacker | Punter  | Kicker | 4-3 Scheme Outside Linebacker | Inside Linebacker)

--Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit

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