You know Illinois governor
Ron Zook Rod Blagojevich engaged in the age old Illini practice of 'Pay to Play'? The Minnesota Vikings defensive line duo of Kevin and Pat Williams apparently engaged in 'Pee to Play' or 'Pee to Pay'. A release today indicated the Williams boys will be paid bonuses if they make weight on 11 occasions both in-season and off-season. The duo admitted to taking the woman's weight loss supplement StarCaps, which was spiked with the diuretic bumetanide. Couldn't they just attend Weight Watchers meetings? To the Minneapolis StarCaps-Tribune:
Vikings defensive tackles Kevin and Pat Williams both admitted they used a banned diuretic because they each stood to get $400,000 bonuses if they were at or below their prescribed weight a set number of times each year.
$400,000 a year for making weight. Heck, we would jump on that scale any day. Where is the Ex-Lax?
The information surfaced Tuesday as part of a letter that was included in the filings in the Williamses' suit against the NFL to avoid four-game suspensions for violating the league's anti-doping policy.
The letter was sent by NFL executive vice president Jeffrey Pash on Dec. 2 to Peter Ginsburg, lawyer for the Williamses, denying their appeal of the suspensions. According to the document, the players tested positive "on or about July 26" and were advised by letter two months later. They appealed, and at their appeal hearing Nov. 20, both players said they took StarCaps "on more than one occasion" the night before a scheduled weigh-in. The supplement contained the banned diuretic known as bumetanide.
According to the letter, both Pat and Kevin Williams get their bonuses if they are at or below their prescribed weight 11 times during the year (eight during the season, three off-season). That weight clause, however, provided that the players "would not engage in any 'last-minute weight reduction techniques,' which included 'use of diuretics.'" Pash also wrote "I accept the representations of both players that they did not use steroids."
Isn't using StarCaps as a diuretic breaking the contract?
Meanwhile, attorneys for the NFL Players' Association responded Tuesday to the NFL's request to put off discovery proceedings pending an appeal to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a federal judge's order that blocked the suspension of five players, including the Williamses. Among the five points in the NFLPA's letter to the federal judge, Paul Magnuson of U.S. District Court in St. Paul, was that the NFL's Monday request was a "complete about-face from their previous position that there should be no delay in this action."
The issue of steroid use, and bumetanide as a masking agent has been completely flushed down the toilet...