Review denied in StarCaps case; Williams Wall finally to miss 4 games?
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- As if the NFL Draft, the resumption of offseason workout programs and the possible start of free agency wasn't enough, the long-running StarCaps finally appears to be nearing its end.
The Associated Press reported and league spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed on Thursday the Minnesota Supreme Court has declined to consider the latest appeal in the anti-doping case, clearing the way for Minnesota Vikings defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams to finally serve their four-game suspensions.
"Every court to consider the claims of the players and the NFLPA in this case has found them to be without merit and has found the NFL's actions to be consistent with the collectively bargained policy and with state law," Aiello said via e-mail. "We are pleased that the Minnesota Supreme Court action today has put an end to this litigation."
Kevin Williams gave up his fight last month, but Pat Williams had continued to contest the suspensions, which were handed down in 2008 when both tested positive for the banned diuretic bumetanide contained in a weight-loss supplement called StarCaps. Neither has been accused of taking steriods.
Thursday's decision means both players -- as well as New Orleans Saints end Will Smith and Charles Grant, who is a free agent -- likely will have to serve their respective suspensions at the start of the 2011 season.
"Case over," Aiello wrote on Twitter. "NFL wins."
Pat Williams will be a free agent whenever the new league year begins and isn't expected to return to the Vikings.