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Starcaps Situation Part Of The Labor Deal?

Hi kids.  Man, the flu sucks.  When you get the flu on a three day weekend, it really, really sucks.  Seeing as how I'm about 6,407 stories behind the Chris Gates Story Machine, I really need to drag myself out of bed and put dark electrons to white electrons.

Normally, I'm not a guy that takes anything Charley Walters says seriously, but in this case, I think he might be on to something.  Or, at least I hope he's on to something.  He reported in his column a couple of days ago:

Also interesting: Although the NFL has won a court judgment to suspend Vikings defensive linemen Kevin Williams and Pat Williams for four games for allegedly violating its anti-doping policy, the league hasn't done so. Some people feel it could become bargaining leverage for a new labor deal, maybe reducing suspensions or fining them instead.

I really find this interesting for a couple of reasons.  Personally, I think this whole Starcaps thing has been a farce since day one, and the fact that the NFL hasn't suspended the Williams' kind of telling.  Or, they could just be so preoccupied with the impending lockout/strike/monumentally stupid work stoppage that Kevin and Pat Williams are way down on their list of priorities.

But how could this Starcaps decision benefit DeMaurice Smith and the players union?

Well, they could say hey, reduce the suspension to two games, or forego the suspensions, and we give a little on...something.  I don't know what that something is, but it could be a legitimate negotiating point.

I think it's ironic that Kevin and Pat Williams might not get suspended...for something they never did...just because the NFL and the NFLPA need to hammer out a labor deal.