The Williams boys up in Minnesota, consumers of StarCaps weight loss supplement, which apparently contained bumetanide -- the potent diuretic which can be used as a masking agent -- will negotiate with the NFL about suspensions today. (The Star-Tribune.com)
Vikings Pro Bowl defensive tackles Kevin and Pat Williams are scheduled to be at the NFL offices in New York today to appeal four-game suspensions for testing positive for a banned diuretic that can serve as a masking agent for steroids.
While the hearings will be on the same day, the cases will be heard separately. Both players will have team and legal representation that is expected to include Vikings owner Zygi Wilf and Kevin Warren, the Vikings vice president of legal affairs and chief administrative officer. Pat Williams' agent, Angelo Wright, and Kevin Williams' agent, Tom Condon, also will attend. It’s believed the Williamses went to New York on one of Wilf’s private planes.
Cool. The duo flew to New York on a private jet...do these guys think they are CEOs of the big three automakers or what?
The defense seems to be set: The Viking's Williams's ingested StarCaps, the women's weight loss supplement that may be contaminated with bemetanide. Bumetanide is a potent diuretic that cause fluid loss, and subsequent temporary weight loss. Obviously a good thing if a consumer wants to see immediate weight loss; but not so good from a side-effect profile and from a truth in labeling viewpoint. Fortunate that no NFL player died during the summer months from dehydration and diuresis.
The issue with the drug is that by diluting the urine, it can interfere with steroids testing, and thus used as a 'masking agent'.