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It looks bad for the Williams'

The AP article is as follows:

Edit: A link to the story can be found here

MINNEAPOLIS -- U.S. Olympic officials, Major League Baseball and other professional sports organizations are getting into the NFL's fight with two Minnesota Vikings linemen who were suspended for violating the league's anti-doping policy.

MLB, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League asked Monday for permission to file paperwork in federal court in support of the NFL, which wants to suspend the players for four games. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency filed a similar motion on its own.

Kevin Williams and Pat Williams, who are not related, have never been accused of taking steroids. The two linemen tested positive last summer for a banned diuretic, bumetanide, that can mask the presence of steroids. They took the weight-loss supplement StarCaps, which contained the diuretic but wasn't listed on the label.

The leagues contend their own drug testing programs would be affected if the linemen are allowed to fight their four-game suspensions in state court. USADA argues uniform rules are needed "to ensure a level playing field."

Alright, at this point, I think it's time to fold. I don't like the situation, but it opens up a nice new alternative and I'd like to see it followed.

Not only is baseball, basketball and hockey on board, the US Olympic group, the USADA is on board as well. And frankly, if ALL of these groups are on board, then we should be able to create a unified drug testing agency with similar rules across all sports. Doing this would create a third party designed solely to tell whether or not substances are found in a player's bloodstream. It would still remain up to the individual sport to handle punishments for the substances found. And hopefully, this would be an agency that would be able to return a damn phone call when they're asked about a substance.

No, I'm not still bitter, why do you ask?

So, that's my opinion, where do you think we go from here?

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