FINALLY!.though stinks took this long Starcap
Kevin Williams ends legal fight
March, 11, 2011 Mar 11
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
Only 50 percent of the Williams Wall is expected to return to the Minnesota Vikings next season, and that half has given up his 27-month legal case against the NFL to overturn a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy against performance-enhancing drugs.http://assets.espn.go.com/i/teamlogo.../trans/min.gif
Indeed, as Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune reports, the attorney for defensive tackle Kevin Williams confirmed he allowed an appeal filing deadline to pass Thursday, essentially exhausting his legal avenues. Attorney Peter Ginsberg said Williams "has had enough with the lawyers, the courts." It's not immediately clear how the NFL will proceed given its current labor battle with the NFL Players Association, but Williams could be subject to a four-game suspension in 2011.
Nose tackle Pat Williams has decided to continue his legal attempts to avoid his suspension, which the NFL handed down in 2008 after both players tested positive for a banned diuretic found in a weight loss supplement. Pat Williams and Kevin Williams claimed they were unaware they were ingesting the diuretic and challenged the legality of the NFLís testing program under Minnesota law. Pat Williams is expected to sign elsewhere as a free agent this spring.
While some judges agreed to delay the suspensions along the way, ultimately neither player has succeeded in getting them permanently blocked. I'm guessing we won't know Kevin Williams' fate until after the NFL and its players agree to a new collective bargaining agreement.