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SBD/February 9, 2011/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Minnesota Court Rules NFL Can Suspend Vikings Players Over StarCaps
Published February 9, 2011
GIVING UP THE QUEST: In St. Paul, Brian Murphy reports Pat Williams is "ready to accept the league's punishment and miss the start of the 2011 season." Williams, an "imminent free agent," said that he "does not expect to" challenge the court's ruling. Williams: "Right now, I want it to be over because it's cost me so much money, close to $1 million (in legal fees). It ain't cheap. ... The only person getting anything out of keeping on fighting is the lawyers." NFL Senior VP/PR Greg Aiello "declined to say whether the NFL would suspend the players next season," along with Saints DE Will Smith, "whose similar punishment league Commissioner Roger Goodell deferred until the Williamses' case was resolved" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 2/9). In N.Y., Ken Belson writes the ruling is an "apparent victory for the NFL," as the decision "makes it less likely that other players will make similar legal challenges if they are suspended by the league for taking banned substances" (N.Y. TIMES, 2/9).