It's been a while since we talked about the impending court case for Pat and Kevin Williams (among others) that is coming up next month because of the whole StarCaps thing from late in the 2008 season. Since it gives us an opportunity to talk about something not related to our quarterback situation, here's a bit of news on it.
Apparently the Williams Wall is going to subpoena the Buffalo Bills in what appears to be a rather interesting allegation.
Minnesota Vikings defensive linemen Pat and Kevin Williams plan to subpoena the Buffalo Bills to produce documents about a dietary supplement that they took, which caused them to receive a four-game suspension from the NFL.
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According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Peter Ginsberg, the attorney representing the Williamses in their lawsuit, said during a hearing last week that StarCaps were “freely distributed” in the Bills locker room and that “a number” of Buffalo players used StarCaps. Pat Williams played for the Bills from 1997 to 2003. Ginsberg did not say who allegedly dispensed the supplement and to which players.
The Bills issued a statement denying the allegation through Scott Berchtold, team vice president of communications. It read: “We have never heard these allegations, and we are not aware of anyone representing the Bills distributing StarCaps, an over-the-counter weight-loss supplement, to players. These allegations were made by an attorney and not by any players."
Well, this should be interesting. If it comes out that the Bills had, indeed, been distributing StarCaps to their players and either a) nobody tested positive or b) nobody got suspended for testing positive, then it sure would make it hard to impose this bogus suspension on the Williams Wall or any of the Saints players that were involved with this whole thing.
The article goes on to say that the federal judge is expected to order both sides into settlement talks. In my opinion, the only acceptable settlement should be that the NFL admits that this is a bunch of crap and everyone should just forget about it.
But I'm biased.
Trial is set for 15 June, if there isn't a settlement hammered out prior to that. We'll definitely be keeping an eye on this one.