Minnesota Vikings Kevin Williams will not appeal his four-game drug-related suspension, Pat Williams will
The Minnesota Court of Appeals has denied Minnesota Vikings defensive linemen Pat Williams and Kevin Williams’ request to block their four-game suspensions in regards to the National Football League’s (NFL) policy on banned substances. Kevin Williams has
decided to give up his lengthy fight but Pat Williams has not given up yet.
Kevin Williams’ lawyer, Peter Ginsberg, confirmed via text message to a local newspaper that his client will not pursue an appeal.
"He's just tired of litigation and dealing with these issues and having it hanging over him," Ginsberg said.
Kevin Williams’ choice means that the NFL will suspend him for four games when, and if, the 2011 season starts. The 30-year-old defensive tackle is set to make about $6 million in 2011, meaning that a suspension would cost him about $1.4 million.
The case started more than two years ago, in October of 2008. Kevin Williams and Pat Williams, known as the “Williams Wall” but are unrelated, were one of a handful of players that took StarCaps, which contained a banned substance known as bumetanide. The
diuretic hides the presence of steroids in the body but StarCaps is a diet pill to help lose weight.
Pat Williams appealed the ruling to Minnesota Supreme Court and hopes to have a decision within three months, according to his agent Angelo Wright and Ginsberg, who also represents both Williams.
"He's offended by the NFL and what it's tried to do to him," Ginsberg said. "He's a fighter, and he wants to go out fighting."
By appealing, Williams may be able to delay a suspension for another season.
"We feel this unique case merits further consideration. Therefore, it's in Pat's best interests to pursue this further," Wright told the
newspaper. "He understands this is just part of the process."
Besides the Williams, New Orleans Saints defensive linemen Charles Grant and Will Smith also tested positive for bumetanide. They were not involved in the lawsuit but the NFL has not enforced those players’ suspensions until the case in Minnesota is closed.
Jamar Nesbit and Deuce McAllister of the Saints were also involved in the StarCaps incident. Nesbit has already filed a lawsuit against StarCaps after serving his four-game suspension.
The makers of StarCaps, also known as “Hollywood’s Secret” say “We’ve received notice of the problem with the NFL.” Their statement made by email added that the company is “taking all necessary steps to ensure that our customers receive product that is safe
Pat Williams was the oldest defensive player in the entire NFL at 38 years old. He will become a free agent once a new collective bargaining agreement is made after reaching the end of a three-year contract with the Vikes. 30-year-old Kevin Williams is in
his 9th season in the NFL and Vikes. He was signed to a 7-year contract in December 2006 which could earn him almost $50 million, $16 million of which is guaranteed.