The Legal Battle Over The NFL Anti-Doping Policy
Trial for the case involving Vikings’ Pat and Kevin Williams is in full swing in Minnesota this week. An NFL executive says the league’s independent drug testing administrator should not have exempted players, who inadvertently took a banned substance before, two Minnesota Vikings tested positive for the same thing two years ago. The Williamses are accused of taking bumetanide, which is a diuretic used sometimes to mask evidence of steroid in the body.
Adolpho Birch is the NFL’s vice president for labor law and policy. He testified Thursday in a lawsuit by Vikings players Pat Williams and Kevin Williams against the NFL. However, Pat and Kevin Williams are contending that the NFL broke state labor laws in applying its anti-doping policy. Birch, who is in charge of the league’s steroid policy, testified recently, that he administered the same punishment to every player that has been referred to his office, for a positive test for bumetanide. Although the Williamses tested positive for the diuretic, neither player is accused of taking steroids.
As this saga plays out in the Court room, one could only hope that the league will finally secure a full-proof system once and for all in the very near future.